Lodz, Poland: Forensics/Sampling/Decontamination (FSD) Workshop

Event Description: 

The Transatlantic Collaborative Biological Resiliency Demonstration (TaCBRD) Forensics/Sampling/Decontamination (FSD) Workshop was held on February 24-28, 2013 in Lodz, Poland.

Goal:

The workshop aimed to discuss, share, and practice roles, methodologies, critical lessons learned, and best practices used by Polish Ministry of Defense (MOD) and various U.S. agencies, including the Department of Defense (DOD), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), in forensic site preservation, forensic and environmental sampling, and personnel and equipment decontamination during a large-scale biological incident.

Objectives:

  • Increase resilience to catastrophic biological incidents by providing FSD capabilities to prepare for, respond to, and recover from a biological attack.
  • Further build a knowledge base and establish a baseline assessment of U.S. government and partner nation FSD capabilities.
    • Share several U.S. products with Poland to accomplish this, including case studies, lessons learned, and best practices from FSD operations in the U.S. These activities are commonly referred to as Phase 0 activities, with Phase 0 being the first phase of the European Command (EUCOM) Foreign Consequence Management (FCM) plan, or steady state operations.

Summary:

The U.S. integrated with and participated in an existing Polish workshop called BIOSAFE 2013. The BIOSAFE Workshop consisted of various biothreat agent scenarios that challenged and trained medical, law enforcement, and military first responders. Specifically, the FSD Workshop component was a hands-on, field military-to-military training event that consisted of a training workshop and field application with forces from the Epidemiological Response Centre (ERC) of the Polish Armed Forces partnering and collaborating with forces from the 7th Civil Support Command (CSC), U.S. Army Europe (USAREUR).  This was the primary TaCBRD event in 2013 for collecting data to support the operational assessment of forensic and sampling capabilities in the field during a biological incident.

Date: 
Mon, 06/24/2013 to Fri, 06/28/2013
Venue: 
Military Medical Training Center
Event Coordinator: 
Tony Intrepido
Cpt. Lukasz Krzowski, Epidemiological Response Centre (ERC) of the Polish Armed Forces
Presenters or VIPs: 
Mr. Nicholas Paquette, FBI
Mr. Mark Durno, EPA
Mr. Ryan Madden, Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA)
Mr. Bill Ginley, Edgewood Chemical Biological Center (ECBC)
Mr. Joe Fagan, EUCOM
Mr. Tony Intrepido, Cubic