CBRNe Country Profile: The Netherlands

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The Netherlands is a party to all major CBRN agreements and has a decentralized response system. Since January 2010, the country has been subdivided into 25 safety regions. The latter connect local civil protection organizations with national governmental institutions. This political reorganization was the result of the Dutch Security Regions Act that laid down the rules for responding to crises, including to CBRN incidents. The Act demonstrates a shift in the Dutch attitude towards disaster management and that new threats require a different strategy. Policymakers believed the municipal scale was not sufficient to handle large incidents. As a result, a more efficient and larger system involving 25 regional management boards was designed, with these boards in charge of fire brigades, the police and medical services in CBRN incidents.

While disaster response is coordinated…

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