21st– 25th May, Warsaw, Poland
DRIVER+ Trial 1 has been organised in Warsaw from 21 to 25 May 2018 at the Main School of Fire Services (SGSP) in Poland, which is a state services’ national technical university, supervised by the Minister of the Interior and Administration. This Trial has been set up to demonstrate the potential interest of a more integrated high-level Crisis Management system in the European Union, in terms of improved situation assessment and awareness, coordination, resource pooling & sharing, and cross-border cooperation. The Trial, which has involved both tabletop and field components, served as a demonstration of a Common Operational Picture (COP) approach potential at the European level. To acheive this, solutions that are designed to enhance joint COP production and to improve interoperability between agencies have been assessed by practitioners coming from all over Europe. The Trial also delivered important feedback to the pan-European Test-bed, developed by the project. The results of the assessment of solutions will be stored in the DRIVER+ Portfolio of Solutions, a database-driven website describing the capabilities of all the available DRIVER+ Solutions.
The event lasted over four days and covered various exercices. The main scenario was a maintenance error causing massive release of chemical agent from a reservoir containing industrial liquid waste.
Do you want to know more about DRIVER+ Trial #1?
Take a look to our catalogue describing our activities around the Trial ! You will find information on the DRIVER+ Test-bed and Guidance Methodology to organise Trials, the DRIVER+ Portfolio of Solutions but also specific information about this first Trial and a detailed description of the three solutions to be tested.
A maintenance error causes a massive release of a chemical agent. A turncock failure results in the pump, disposing chemical waste into the reservoir, cannot be switched off. Consequently, there is a rapid inflow of a significant amount of a liquid, mud like, toxic chemical into the retention reservoir. The reservoir’s dikes are weakened after prolonged rainfall and under the influence of pressure, they break.
This releases approximately 2 500 000 cubic metres of toxic, mud like, fluid as a massive wave that floods the surrounding area in a matter of minutes. Several village and towns are in the path of the spill – initially 15 people die and 200 people get severe toxic injuries. The eventual 30 square kilometres of affected land include a river that crosses the border into neighbouring countries. This river is used a water intake for various industries, agriculture and fresh water companies, resulting in destroyed crops, toxic injuries to livestock, a disturbance in the water supply causing immediate water shortage. The incident requires deployment of evacuation forces with a large number of people injured by the toxic chemical.
The chemical substance deployed is a: “Red sludge”- a dangerous, very corrosive waste containing mainly Silica residues, oxides and hydroxides: iron, calcium, magnesium and other compounds contained in a bauxite (e.g., titanium compounds).
How HAS Trial 1 been prepared?
Two Dry Runs have been organised.
The purpose of the first Dry Run was the technical integration of the solutions with the DRIVER+ Test-bed as well as a solution maturity check and an analysis of organisational and technical constraints.
The second Dry Run focused on a training session for practitioners with solutions to be used during Trial 1.