The TeamUP project aims to improve preparedness against security risks stemming from chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive (CBRN-E) materials. First Responders operating on the scene will be empowered with training procedures and innovative technologies. A multidisciplinary consortium of 24 European partners,
led by the Greek Institute of Communication and Computer Systems, received a grant from Horizon Europe to implement the three-year project. Johanniter International will lead the communication and dissemination of the project’s content and results.
CBRN-E incidents and resulting casualties are a permanent threat across the continent. In past incidents, First Responders were often requested to provide help without any prior training or indication about the exposure risks. Protection of people and management of a CBRN-E scene require operating procedures, advanced skills and equipment of First Responders. A step-by-step approach needs to include (1) situational awareness, (2) detection and triage of casualties and (3) on-site decontamination before the hospitalisation or extraction of casualties.
In this frame, the TeamUP project will analyse how First Responders can meet operating requirements. It will then develop and test innovative technologies for the detection, identification and monitoring of hazardous material, as well as for the monitoring of the health status of First Responders. Moreover, TeamUP will integrate tools for triage and decontamination.
With the help of Artificial Intelligence, a network of sensors will sharpen situational awareness. It will also advise on relevant mitigation actions and engagement of rescue teams. An additional focus will be set on the message to be passed on to all stakeholders before, during and after CBRN-E incidents.
To reach its overall objectives, TeamUP will develop accessible training modules, also intended for non-experts. These modules will provide knowledge on basic procedures of self-protection and other practices. All in all, TeamUP will foster cross-sectorial and cross-border collaborations during the project’s lifespan, from January 2023 to December 2026.