Chemical Hazard Response in Ukraine

CBRN units of the State Emergency Service of Ukraine (SES) received further ChemPro100i chemical detectors to enhance response to potential chemical hazard emergencies, in different regions around Ukraine.

On November 26th and 27th, a ChemPro100i user and maintenance training was held in Kiev. Environics Training Manager Toni Leikas was on the scene, hosting and conduction the activities together with Environics local partner – Star Technology LLC.

During the training, participants gained insights on the practical use of ChemPro100i handheld chemical detector and were entitled to official certification.

This latest delivery of ChemPro100i detectors was part of the International Assistance Project between the German Federal Office of Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance, the Ukrainian State Emergency Service and the State Border Guard Service and was funded by the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Environics has delivered over 200 chemical detectors to several authorities in Ukraine in recent years to fight against chemical threats.

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.

Read more about ChemPro100i.

Major CBRN Reconnaissance Training in Malaysia

Environics' Training Manager and CBRN Specialist, Toni Leikas, together with a comprehensive CBRN team, conducted a major training exercise in Malaysia from September 30th to October 17th 2019.

The Malaysian Army received a complete CBRN Reconnaissance Vehicle User Training (levels 2 & 3) for the system and its components, and a Maintenance User Training (level 1). Practical training included technical, tactical and operational use in various types of chemical , biological and radiological scenarios. Realism was enhanced with the usage of chemical and biological simulants, and radiological sources. In addition, this major training also featured a live-agent gas release and dispersion in a tropical environment.

Environics' trainings are scalable and modular, being easily customized and adapted to fit our customers' goals and learning requirements.

Environics' Armoured CBRN Reconnaissance Solution was integrated into the AV-8 AENBCRV, the first 8×8 CBRN vehicle to be developed by FNSS.

Further info on Armoured CBRN Reconnaissance:

Armoured CBRN Reconnaissance

Further info on Light CBRN Reconnaissance:

Light CBRN Reconnaissance

Further info on CBRN Training services:

CBRN Training

Environics' CBRN Monitoring Solutions Integrated Into Marine Vessels Commissioned by Singapore Civil Defence Force

Environics has designed, supplied, and installed a CBRN Monitoring System for heavy fire vessel Red Sailfish, one of the three new marine firefighting vessels commissioned by the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF), and unveiled on Tuesday, August 20th 2019.

Built and engineered by ST Engineering Marine, this is the world's most powerful firefighting vessel, able to pump out 240,000 liters of seawater per minute, among other impressive characteristics - read more here.

At the same ceremony, it was also introduced Red Dolphin, a marine rescue vessel built by Penguin International shipyard, which also features a CBR protection system designed, supplied, and installed by Environics.

Picture source The Straits Times Singapore

Environics designs and supplies Naval and Marine CBRN Monitoring Solutions globally, to a wide range of vessel types, ranging from frigates to marine rescue vessels. Our Naval and Marine CBRN Monitoring Systems have been proven to fulfill Classification Society requirements, in accredited laboratory tests.
Environics has delivered and installed over 100 Naval and Marine CBRN Monitoring Systems, having co-operated with renowned shipyards such as Damen, ST Marine, Intermarine, Penguin International, Hyundai Heavy Industries, and CSBC.

FNSS-DEFTECH: AV-8 AENBCRV Vehicle Prepares to Enter Malaysian Army Inventory

Environics mentioned in EDR (European Defense Review) magazine, on the FNSS AV-8 AENBCRV success case.

Photo courtesy FNSS

"The AV-8 AENBCRV stands out as the first 8×8 CBRN vehicle to be developed by FNSS. The components of the CBRN system, as the main mission equipment aboard the vehicle, was procured from domestic and foreign suppliers in line with the user’s preferences, and the integration solutions were applied together with the Environics company of Finland. FNSS has also conducted indigenisation works on some of the CBRN system’s subsystems, thus aiding domestic subcontractors in acquiring new competencies."

Read full article:
https://www.edrmagazine.eu/fnss-deftech-av-8-aenbcrv-vehicle-prepares-to-enter-malaysian-army-inventory

Overview on TOXI-Triage Field Training eXercise DISPERSE

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.

New Batch of ChemPro100i Detectors to be Delivered for Belgian Defence

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.

Read more about ChemPro100i

New Office in Malaysia

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:

Environics Oy

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)

Memorandum of Understanding Between Havelsan Hava Elektronik Sanayi ve Ticaret A.Ş., Turkey and Environics Oy, Finland

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.

Further information:

Kirsi Hedman, CEO of Environics Oy
tel.: +358 50 918 1985
email: kirsi.hedman@environics.fi

 

Environics Building Presence in Latin America

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 sales@environics.fi

Toxi-Triage Exercise in Mikkeli's Main Square on May 22nd 2019

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."

Slovenian Fire Brigades Acquiring ChemPro100i

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).


Learn more about ChemPro100i.

Environics Delivers Another CBRN Surveillance & Security System To The Finnish Defence Forces

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.