FTX Disperse was held on May 22nd 2019 in Mikkeli, Finland. The multiauthority field exercise tested not only the capability of first responders and emergency medical services but also new technologies developed in the Horizon 2020 funded TOXI-Triage -project.
All of the local players: South Savo Rescue Department (ESPL), South Savo Social and Health Care Authority (ESSOTE), and the Finnish Defence Forces (PV) used Environics products as their standard procedure tools for detection in addition to the new technologies introduced by the project.
Environics’ handheld chemical detector ChemPro100i was used in the hot zone by the fire department for site surveillance and to screen decontaminated casualties for residual chemicals. Also, the local hospital had the same detectors on site to screen independently arriving casualties after decontamination.
RanidPro200 Radiation Identification Backpack was used on site in the decontamination tents to screen for possible radiation sources. The backpack successfully alarmed and identified a medical source of radiation.
Additionally, Environics’ EnVision Gossamer Area Monitoring System was deployed on site by the defence forces. Five measuring units in total, encompassing of chemical, radiological, and weather sensors, mounted on tripods and communicating via radio, were positioned to monitor the whole market place as unmanned stand-alone measuring stations.
As a new technology introduced in the TOXI-triage project, Environics had a drone mounted Chemical and Radiological detector. The chemical detector was a repackaged version of our ChemProDM and it was integrated to Pohjonen Group’s drone via EMC connector for power and data transfer capabilities.
Belgian Defence Forces are increasing their preparedness level by purchasing 70 new ChemPro100i detectors. Belgium Defence Forces have been using ChemPro100i detectors already since 2013.
The ChemPro100i is a handheld detector for field detection and classification of Chemical Warfare Agents (CWAs) and selected Toxic Industrial Chemicals (TICs). It provides industry-leading sensitivity and false alarm rejection in the most user friendly and low maintenance package in its class.
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We aim to be our customers’ first choice; therefore, in May 2019 we opened a new regional office thinking about our APAC extensive network of partners and end-customers. Area Manager Mr. Veli-Matti Miettinen relocated to Kuala Lumpur and will be the head of our new office in the Malaysian capital.
Our new office’s address:
C/O Nordic House Sdn Bhd
#18-3A, Binjai 8 Premium Soho
No. 2, Lorong Binjai
50450 Kuala Lumpur
Mr. Miettinen contacts:
+358 40 054 8928 (Finland)
+601 26 721 128 (Malaysia)
Havelsan and Environics signed today Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) as they wish to co-operate in order to identify and develop mutual opportunities for CBRN Sector in Turkey.
According to this MoU Havelsan and Environics intend to establish a new and jointly owned Joint Venture entity in Turkey. Before entering to Joint Venture agreement Havelsan and Environics will finalize a business plan and market analysis for CBRN sector together.
The scope of the intended Joint Venture co-operation will include identifying opportunities, carrying out pre-sales actions, preparing technical and commercial offers and supporting such proposals until contract award and collaborating in the execution of such awarded contracts and identifying working conditions.
HAVELSAN is highly prestigious software and Systems Company of Turkish Armed Forces Foundation that presents global solutions in Defense and Information Technology (IT) sectors. HAVELSAN has improved its expertise in the fields of C4ISR, Naval Combat Systems, Air Defense Systems, Management Information Systems, Simulation and Training Systems, Homeland Security Systems and Energy Management Systems.
ENVIRONICS is a Finnish high-tech company specialized in the international Chemical Biological, Radiation and-Nuclear (CBRN) market.
Kirsi Hedman, CEO of Environics Oy
tel.: +358 50 918 1985
Latin America has hosted several CBRN conferences during the past few years, NCT South America in Bogota in February 2018, CBRNe South America in Buenos Aires in March 2018, and NCT South America in Rio de Janeiro in 2019, all attended by Environics as well.
Environics also took part to a Finnish Business Delegation visit to Chile and Argentina in May 2018, led by Mr Raimo Jyväsjärvi, Under Secretary for Defense, National Armaments Director, Lt Gen (ret.), Ministry of Defence of Finland.
Left-hand side photos courtesy of IB Consultancy.
Environics products are used today in over 50 countries around the world, including Latin America, but we are working on increasing presence there still. Our activities in 2018-2019 have also included end user trainings in the area.
To serve well end users far from Finland, we rely on local representatives. In case you are interested in expanding your product portfolio to world-leading CBRN detectors and monitoring solutions, we’d love to hear from you, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Environics has had the privilege of being a part of TOXI-triage from the beginning of the project, since 2016. Our main aim has been to build a demo of a drone mounted CRN detector, and test its capabilities and limitations in operational use. The final test will be performed in public as a part of a large, joint exercise with multiple authorities in the heart of Mikkeli.
Original piece in Finnish from City of Mikkeli website can be found from here.
"DISPERSE Multi-Authority Joint Exercise in Mikkeli's Main Square, Practice for Leakage of Toxic Gas – The Exercise is Part of an International Project
The center area of Mikkeli will serve as the stage for the Disperse exercise, part of the international project Toxi-Triage, taking place on Wednesday, May 22, 2019. Over 300 people from the rescue services, ESSOTE Emergency, Defense and Police, and the Red Cross will participate in the exercise to test the technologies developed within the Toxi-Triage project and, at the same time, to improve the authorities' capacity to act in real-life crisis situations.
On the day of the event, the main square area and surrounding streets will be closed for other activities. However, it is possible for the audience to follow the exercise on the edges of the area in individually marked areas. Large screens are brought to the area, in order to provide a close-up insight of the exercise activities.
The exercise brings to Mikkeli a wealth of domestic and international security experts. The previous exercise of the project was carried out in Athens, in a closed area of the Greek Air Force.
- It is unique that such an extensive exercise takes place in the very center of the city, says Jyri Silmäri, rescue manager at South Savo Rescue Services. Silmäri continues that special attention is also given to multi-agency cooperation in Mikkeli, which is also admired internationally.
South Savo Rescue Department and the Mikkeli Development Company Miksei Oy took responsibility for local coordination of the exercise. All the most important Finnish authorities, from the police to the Defense Forces, are taking part of the exercise.
The exercise is part of the extensive international HORIZON2020 project. The four-year EU-funded project involves 19 organizations from eight EU countries. Finland is involved in the project with the South Savo Rescue Department, Mikkeli Development Company Miksei Oy, the University of Jyväskylä, Verifin and Environics Oy, a technology company in Mikkeli. The project develops and tests operating models, methods, tools and software for the control of CBRNE threats (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, Explosives).
The main training session is on Wednesday 22.5. The South Savo Social and Health Services Municipal Federation ESSOTE organizes its own training, at the Mikkeli Central Hospital. The hospital organization is practicing the use of its new facilities and equipment for a poison gas leakage situation. Some of the tools of the Toxi-Triage project are used and tested in the hospital practice.
Both exercise and the technologies used in it will be trained and tested on Tuesday 20 and 21 May in the campus area of the Mikkeli Barracks. Monday and Tuesday events are not closed to the public.
On Tuesday, there will also be an exhibition of equipment, including: Defense Forces and other participants’ technology, know-how and other equipment at their disposal. The Infantry Museum in the area will also be exceptionally open on Tuesday, May 21.
On the same week it also takes place, as a separate event, the Final Seminar of the Baseco Project, funded by the Ministry of the Interior and Foreign Affairs. The aim of the seminar is to develop co-operation in the Baltic Sea region to combat the threats of radioactive and other dangerous substances.
The seminar will start on Wednesday evening 22.5.2019. The seminar is conducted in English and is free of charge for participants, but requires prior registration."
Our long-time representative in Slovenia Dr Nemo won a tender in spring 2018 to supply ChemPro100i chemical detectors with CBRN kits to local fire brigades whom through this acquisition are upgrading their HazMat capabilities. The detectors have now been delivered to fire brigades around Slovenia and the first two trainings held.
ChemPro100i is a handheld gas & vapor detector for the field detection and classification of Toxic Industrial Chemicals (TICs) and Chemical Warfare Agents (CWAs). It can be used daily in “routine” HazMat, and for the less common CWA incident. Unique trend display shows the chemical concentration in real time graphical display allowing fast and easy to read way to quickly localize the chemical. The CBRN kit adds the capability to detect also gamma and X-ray radiation and provisional identification of seven most common Biological Warfare Agents (BWAs).
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Environics has been awarded a new 610K€ contract with the Finnish Defence Forces, including CBRN surveillance and security devices, and system software. The new system will be compatible with their existing CBRN surveillance network. System deliveries will take place during 2019.
The Finnish Defence Forces are already using Environics' CBRN system software, EnviScreen Operix, for example in their Tactical CBRN Area Monitoring System (CBRUGS-program), modernized reconnaissance vehicles, and naval vessels.