Maarten van Vliet
CBRN School, the Netherlands Ministry of Defence
I started my military career in January 1980 at the Royal Military School. After 2 ½ year of education and training I became a junior instructor at the army medical school, teaching military drivers medical skills to become military ambulance drivers.
After four years I was transferred to an infantry battalion as deputy commander of the medical platoon. In the years to follow I had some medical jobs and in 1997 it was the first time that I could combine a medical job with a CBRN job, first CBRN non-specialist and second CBRN specialist in the staff of a medical battalion followed by the staff of the Logistic Brigade.
In 2006 I started at the Medical Centre of Expertise to contribute to the writing of a Medical CBRN Handbook and in 2009 I had the chance to go to work at the CBRN Centre of Expertise.
Nowadays I am working as a senior instructor at the CBRN School and I am responsible for the education and training of the Advice & Assistance teams of the CBRN Response Unit, and personnel of civil organizations such as hospitals, ambulance services, police and fire brigades.
Within the Defence CBRN Centre I am working with the medical branch of the CBRN Centre of Expertise on implementing Medical Countermeasure & Support e.g. casualty decontamination, casualty care in a CBRN environment and medical collective protection systems.