The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) stated that they ensured Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) coverage for all venues and hotels hosting delegates during the G20 Summit. This was achieved by deploying approximately 600 well-trained rescuers in eleven teams, equipped with the latest CBRN equipment.
To enhance their capabilities, four state-of-the-art Hazmat vehicles were stationed strategically at various locations. These vehicles, manufactured by Bharat Electronics Limited in Pune, were equipped with advanced gadgets for chemical and radiation detection and assessment. They were prepared to counter any potential CBRN threats that may arise.
Prior to the G20 Summit, the NDRF, in collaboration with NDMA, DAE, and DRDO, conducted various training programs to sensitize rescuers, Delhi Police, NSG, medical officers, ambulance staff from hospitals, security officials, event managers, and hotel staff. These programs aimed to familiarize participants with likely threat scenarios and their roles as first responders.
To assess their readiness, a tabletop exercise and mock exercise were conducted at different venues with the involvement of all stakeholders. Special Emergency Operations Control Centers were established, and VSAT-mounted communication vehicles were strategically positioned for round-the-clock monitoring of the situation.
The comprehensive deployment by the NDRF was meticulously planned and executed in close coordination with all stakeholders. As a result, the G20 Summit was successfully conducted with adequate CBRN security measures in place.