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ROYAL AIR FORCE. COMMON CORE AND DEPLOYMENT SKILLS AIDE-MEMOIRE
You have to be able to:
a. Know the form biological agents take.
b. Know how biological agents contaminate the body.
c. Know the precautions that can be taken against biological agents.
1. Biological agents consist of bacteria, viral organisms or toxins that can cause disease in man, plants or animals and may cause the deterioration of material. Biological agents can be disseminated from missiles, bombs, rockets, devices fitted to aircraft, vehicles, ships or by man-portable equipment. They can be delivered in liquid droplet, aerosol, dry powder or insect form, or by introducing them into water or food supplies.
2. Biological agents can enter the body in the following ways:
c. Absorption through skin (abrasion/wounds).
d. Insect bites.
3. Precautions can be taken to mitigate the effects of biological agents and these consist of the following preventative measures:
b. Strict personal hygiene and sanitation.
c. Take proper care of cuts and abrasions.
d. Care of IPE.
e. Consume only controlled food and water supplies.
f. Control of pests and rodents.
g. Minimum skin exposure.
Learn the form biological agents take, how they enter your body and the precautionary measures that can be taken to mitigate their effects.
You have to know:
What precautions taken before and after a nuclear explosion will minimise the effects.
The best cover will be specially prepared hardened shelters such as those found on some airfields. There are precautions which can be taken by those who do not have access to permanent shelters. Cellars and other underground facilities will assist in reducing the effects.
◉ Construct narrow trenches with straight sides, as deep as possible with at least 18 inches of overhead cover to protect against heat, blast and immediate radiation.
◉ Remain under cover whenever possible.
◉ Keep your weapon and equipment protected in your shelter trench.
◉ Carry out IA drill (Task 20). Any shielding will be better than none.
◉ Switch on and monitor radiac instruments.
◉ If there is a significant dust hazard, wear full IPE, brush off radioactive fallout as soon as you have the opportunity.
◉ Stay under cover whenever possible.
◉ Keep any food and water covered.
◉ Keep any cuts and abrasions covered.
◉ When moving around outside try to avoid raising a dust or touching objects unnecessarily.
Learn what precautions you must take to improve your chances of survival both before and after a nuclear attack.
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