Executive Education


22 May 2019

Field trial for TOXI-TRIAGE project to test new technologies for mass casualty incidents

Prof Tom Jackson and Dr Ejovwoke Onojeharho

A large-scale field trial in Finland has been set up to test new technologies aimed at saving lives during mass casualty chemical, biological, radioactive or nuclear (CBRN) incidents.

The technologies and systems have been developed as part of the Loughborough University-led TOXI-Triage project.

The project launched four years ago with the aim of creating novel ways to give effective and diagnostically sound medical and toxic assessments to the casualties of a CBRN event amid the confusion, disorder, and dangers it would bring.

Funded by the European Commission, the project brings together 18 teams spanning the emergency and health services, defence, industry, and university academics.

At the end of last week, the team traveled to Finland to test out and demonstrate the capabilities of the TOXI-Triage technologies on the scenario of a chlorine gas escape, taking over the Market Square in Mikkeli. They joined forces with the Finnish fire service, medical emergency response service and military for the field trial, named DISPERSE, which involved more than 100 ‘casualties’.

Two of the technologies that have been tested during the trial are: 

These two elements comprise the TOXI-MOTIVE segment of the TOXI-TRIAGE project and is being led by Professor Tom Jackson and Dr Ejovwoke Onojeharho at the SBE's Centre for Information Management.