"Based on the ECBC Mobile Labs and Kits Team's highly specialized expertise and prior success in producing mobile all-hazards triage prototype labs for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the DRDC sought out ECBC under the Public Security Technical Program ? a bilateral agreement between Canada and the U.S. to apply science and technology research to cross-border protection against high-consequence public safety and security events ? to develop similar, but enhanced facilities for Canada," said Scott Holowachuk, DRDC Suffield project manager.
In addition to the two laboratories, the ECBC team also delivered integrated equipment, facilitated training on the labs and produced standard operating procedures documents for the DRDC project team.
"We made sure to incorporate functionality to support Canadian-specific protocols and meet the established NATO standards for confirmed identification of chemical warfare agents," said Carrie Poore, Ph.D., biologist on the ECBC Mobile Labs and Kits Team.
The all-hazards triage facility will be installed at the Canadian Counter Terrorism Technology Centre and used as a training center for similar facilities that are being established across the country. The mobile chemical lab will be rotated to various locations as needed and support the on-site biological and radiological detection capabilities conducted by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Public Health Agency of Canada and the DRDC.
"We are thrilled that, in partnership with ECBC, we are now able to fill this critical gap in our ability to ensure that samples are properly triaged and directed to the appropriate analytical facilities in a timely fashion, while ensuring the safety of the facilities and laboratory personnel," Holowachuk said.
|SOURCE Edgewood Chemical Biological Center|
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