A harmonised CBRN training curriculum for first responders and medical staff.


MELODY is a harmonised CBRN training curriculum for first responders and medical staff, including ambulance drivers, paramedics and emergency room personnel.


The target group includes members of agencies that are responsible for dealing with emergencies, being unintentional or intentional releases of CBRN, which require immediate action. The MELODY training provides a clear picture of the possible consequences and effects and how to act together in a safe and effective and efficient way.


Previous incidents involving CBRN agents have demonstrated the relevance of those in the first line of action (first responders) to be aware of and recognizing a CBRN incident, as well as to be prepared on how to act safely. A CBRN incident can be caused by an accident or negligence, but also by deliberate release of CBRN agents or in rare cases a terrorist attack.


The EU first responder community has specific CBRN training needs. The MELODY curriculum aims to target these specific training needs to improve CBRN awareness amongst first responders.


The aim of the curriculum is that first responders and medical staff are able to:
- Recognize potential CBRN threats
- Take proper personal protection measures and
- know which specialist (teams) to call


The modules can be trained by different complementary training methods, including classroom training and e-learning that will increase the level of CBRN knowledge, as well as practical training to increase the operational skills by discussing challenging scenarios, performing tabletop exercises, and hands-on training. In addition, a card game has been developed as an informal instrument to recapitulate or test the gained knowledge.

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