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Curriculum outline

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.

How to develop a MELODY training?


Besides some common topics like CBRN awareness, which are identified as a training need by all responder services, there are specific training needs per service. The MELODY curriculum consists of 7 modules over 3 levels: (basic) knowledge (modules 1-3), the operational level (module 4-6), and the tactical level (module 7).

The (basic) knowledge modules are depicted in blue and contain CBRN terminology and CBRN awareness.


On top of the basics, first responders are being taught more specifically how to act at the CBRN incident scene at the operational level. These modules deal with activities to be performed on the incident scene and are depicted in red.


In addition, the responders on site should not only become familiar with their own tasks and responsibilities at a CBRN incident scene, but they also have to be familiar with the tasks and responsibilities of the other services present. This is necessary to support them in their task performance and requires insight into the dependencies between the response organisations. This is the tactical level, which is represented by the final module depicted in green.

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