Poisonous chemical spill at railway marshalling yard in Tampere, Finland

This case is inspired by several near-disaster incidents. The first-responders (fire brigade, police, medical ambulance personnel and police) performance will be simulated under high-pressure situation. Human risk exposure due to interconnected urban infrastructures, underground parking construction site, and mobile network installations will also be simulated and measures for impact management demonstrated.

Type of disaster addressed: High-risk of Urban Environment Poisoning by Industrial Chemical Accident
Type of danger addressed: Exposure of people at railway station, the nearby communities and visitors to exhibition event to dangerous chemical fumes and/or substances

Special vulnerable groups: Families with children, lonely elderly, physically and/or cognitively impaired people, animals and immigrants with limited language skills, plus exhibitors and visitors/tourists with no local knowledge of escape routes

Other groups / communities: Residents in neighbouring dwellings, employees at commercial centre, visitors and passing-by pedestrians

Tools or technologies used: Social media, dedicated networks for risk information broadcasting, housing co-operatives’ tools for emergency management, upgrades of emergency and preparedness guidelines
Method of analysis: Scenario runs, Participatory Social Drama Method, workshops, real-life-streaming of simulated responses via roles enactment, action research (with researcher involvement) and application upgrades
Real-life condition: This case is inspired by several near-disaster incidents. The first-responders (fire brigade, police, medical ambulance personnel and police) performance will be simulated under high-pressure situation. Human risk exposure due to interconnected urban infrastructures, underground parking construction site, and mobile network installations will also be simulated and measures for impact management demonstrated.

Innovation outcomes: Using Insta Trasim hazard simulation platform for running hazard scenario will facilitate upgrade of operations guidelines for rescuers, multi-language emergency broadcasting information, risk awareness, and emergency training module to host a 3-D model of hazard area. In addition, the following innovation will be spurn 1) automatic and simultaneous dissemination of exercise performance to all participants (irrespective of location), 2) online and social media crises information broadcast will be available as part of the drill exercise 3) tests of communicational content for different information purposes incorporated as trainees’ inputs to the game centre, 4) scheduling of hazard response and maintenance of an exercise library with broad-scale portfolio of exercise activities disseminated to other police educational settings.

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