Mobile and modular Decontamination Shower provides First Responders with defined and required CBRN decontamination people capabilities in any scenario of CBRNe incidents with chemical agents (TICs or CWAs ), biological or radiological.
Its modularity allows the shower station to be configured to the decontamination needs that are required in each specific scenario: valid, injured or disabled people. In addition it allows to be used in three modes of deployment: Autonomous, as a complement to Rapid Deployment Decontamination Systems or integrated in Massive Decontamination Stations.
Its patented design (with the water system integrated in the shower structure itself) optimizes its transport and deployment in the field of operations in just 4 minutes.
Mobile and modular Decontamination Shower is designed and manufactured according to STANAG 4653 Combined Operational Characteristics, Techincal Specifications, Test Procedures and Evaluation Criteria for Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Decontamination Equipment.
Decontamination Shower shower is designed to provide two Decontamination Lines.
Each decontamination line includes the two phases defined in CBNR Decontamination protocols: Decontamination and Rinse.
Its modularity provides customized configurations: decontamination of valid people and decontamination of injured or disabled people.
1. Decontamination of Valid People
Decontamination is applied directly to affected persons who access the shower by their own foot.
Both decontamination emulsion and the water for rinsing are dispensed directly on the affected ones through a set of nozzles arranged in the shower itself.
2. Decontamination of Wounded and Disabled People
Wounded or disabled persons require the assistance of the Participants to properly apply the decontamination and clarification process.
Both the decontamination emulsion and the water for rinsing are dispensed by the Interveners on those affected people with the shower decontamination guns.
Modular and configurable design of the decontamination shower provides a great added value for First Responders in their CBRN capabilities, since the Decontamination Shower can be used in three modes of deployment, which allows to adapt to different CBRNe incident scenarios.
The decontamination shower can be used autonomously, in combination with ATILA/AQUILES decontamination equipment. Providing a rapid deployment decontamination station that allows rapid reaction and response in NBQ incidents for Emergency Units that do not have complete rapid deployment decontamination systems.
Typically, this autonomous deployment consists of a decontamination shower module that provides 4 decontamination positions.
2. Rapid Deployment
Rapid deployment decontamination systems (such as RELIDE or PDPOL) within its configuration include the modular Decontamination Shower as a complement to its decontamination capabilities and intervention in CBRNe incident scenarios.
Depending on the configuration of the system, it is possible to combine 1 or 2 decontamination shower modules which provides 4 or 8 decontamination positions respectively.
3. Massive Decontamination Stations
Modular decontamination shower is integrated in the Mass CBRN Decon Stations for people decontamination.
Thanks to its modularity and versatile configuration, several designs can be defined in the Mass Station, for both valid and wounded and disabled people. As well as 4 to 8 decontamination positions, just adapting configuration of Decon shower modules to design of Massive Decon Station.
- Aluminium structure
- Walls, floor and interior curtains on PVC with poliester fiber
- Walls and floor in one piece
- Integrated water system
- 5 emulsion nozzles per position
- 4 decontamination shower guns per wounded and disable people
- Technical raised floor on polyethylene
- Sewage suction pump
First Responders is used to designate the responsible teams and units that are the first to arrive at scenarios that have suffered an CBRNe incident, and which are responsible for the initial management of that incident. The main objective of the First Respondents is always to Minimize the Effects and Consequences of the incident caused by these chemical agents (TICs or CWAs), biological or radiological.
CBRNcapabilities required by First Intervention units include: Protection, Detection and Decontamination. All this is conditioned by the variable of speed in the deployment, since the First Respondents must manage the limited reaction times that the pollution caused by NBQ agents allows to be able to minimize the risk of loss of human lives.
Reaction capacity is conditioned by the Time of Effect of the different CBRN agents : maximum response time for medical care for people contaminated by an agent before the death of the affected person is irreparable.
These times of effect vary according to the nature of the agent, with the chemical agents and the category of toxins (within the biological agents) having an effect time of only 1 hour being especially critical. In the case of other categories of biological agents (such as Viruses or Bacteria) the effect time can be extended from 2 to 16 days).
CBRN capabilities with which First Responders must be endowed are set out in the "Guide for First Respondents to an CBRN Incident" published by the Civil Protection Planning Group, NATO Civil Emergency Planning. Considering the broadest meaning of CBRN incident: whether it is triggered by an accident or by a terrorist attack.
This "Guide for First Respondents to an CBRN Incident" highlights four main phases in managing these incidents:
- Information Collection, Evaluation and Dissemination
- Scenario management: isolating the scenario to mitigate the effects
- Alert or manage the evacuation of the affected persons
- Management of specialists and resources needed
In this guide, and in general in CBRN protocols of Security and Defense agencies of the different countries, the CBRN capacities for the decontamination of persons play a fundamental role, since they are fundamental to the aforementioned objective of Minimizing the Effects and Consequences of the incident caused by chemical, biological or radiological agents.