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Population Protection Institute in Lázně Bohdaneč, CZ
Population Protection Institute (PPI)

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Institut ochrany obyvatelstva
Na Lužci 204
533 41 Lázně Bohdaneč
The Czech Republic

Frantisek Paulus

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Tel.: +420 950580405, mobile: +420 776770205

About us

Population Protection Institute provides education, scientific research, informative and advisory services in areas of civil emergency planning, emergency management, Integrated Rescue System and population protection for members and organizations of Fire and Rescue Services, Ministries, Administration Authorities and Municipal Authorities. It also organizes or co-organizes international workshops and conferences coordinated by UN, NATO and EU.

The Institute is subordinated to the Ministry of Interior and since 2000 directly managed by the General  Directorate of Fire and Rescue Services of the Czech Republic.

The Science and Research Department of the Institute with its Chemical, Radiological, Warning and Notification, Fire Causes Investigation, and Specialized Collective and Individual protection sections actively takes part in applied research in the areas of warning and emergency notification of population, critical infrastructure protection, radiation reconnaissance, dosimetry and radiological verification, and radiation protection, chemical and biological countermeasures and appropriate responses for population protection in the event of incidents involving the use of CBRNE agents.

The Institute is currently largely participating in drafting essential conceptual and strategic materials of Security Research. Those materials are ratified by the Government of the Czech Republic. Apart from the Security Research of the Czech Republic our Institute also undertakes its own security research. Population Protection Institute in Lazne Bohdanec is the only state research establishment specialized in these spheres.

There are 48 research scientists in the Institute. They undertake both national and international (EC) research, not just in the areas of CBRNE and Hazmat, but all disasters that the Fire Rescue Services might encounter. The Institute has a close relationship with The National Institute for Nuclear, Chemical and Biological Protection, who do a lot of the basic research, which we then aim to apply to Fire Rescue Services and their mission set. A lot of our research is directed toward personal protective equipment and in terms of population protection.

Research activities of the Institute include

  1. Chemical reconnaissance and methods of field analysis within the Fire Rescue Services of the Czech Republic, which are focused on verifying and processing new methodologies concerning analysis of hazardous chemicals and chemical warfare agents in the field, using mobile chemical laboratories. It also deals with further research on the use of remote detection of dangerous chemicals during emergency situations, etc.
  2. Laboratory testing in stationary chemical laboratories of the regional Fire Rescue Services covers in particular analyses of organic substances in various matrices using method of gas chromatography with mass detector, a research of the procedures relating to the identification of burning accelerants within the scope of eliciting the causes of fires, and determining fire-technical characteristics of materials
  3. Radiological laboratory staff has capability to measure all types of ionizing radiation in the field (alpha, beta, gamma, neutrons) with the portable detectors and spectrometers up to electrically cooled semiconductor gamma spectrometer Falcon 5000N (Canberra Packard). They are equipped with Genie 2k software together with LABSOCS/ISOCS, which allows us to define sample geometries and calculate activities. They could as well measure alpha and beta activity in the liquid and solid samples at the laboratories and partly in the field with lower precision or MDA. It is planned to include equipment for monitoring in the form of modular portal detectors which could be rearranged to scan persons, cars or trucks
  4. Regarding biological agents and toxins, the PPI specialists concentrate on in-situ detection and identification. For this purpose they use a mobile biological laboratory with Level III safety cabinet. A stationary laboratory is used solely for experiments with surrogates and training. They could detect biological material with simple and fast Biocheck, going through more specific detection by priority bioagents and toxins ELISA (NIDS 3000 and Miprotect with P.I.A.2 reader) and finally they have PCR identification by FilmArray (Biofire Diagnostics currently Biomerieux) equipped with Biothreat pannel for 16 priority bioagents per one run. They could sample respirable bioaerosol with few devices (Coriolis from Bertin and Biocapture from FLIR), combine monitoring and sampling of bioaerosol with FIDO B2 / IBAC 2 (FLIR) as well as take swabs from surfaces.
  5. Research in the area of population protection/civil defence in cases of a misuse of chemical warfare agents in public buildings is based on an experiment, whereby an imitant of a chemical substance is disseminated within a Department Store. A draft of the measures for minimizing consequences of the toxic substance misuse is the result of the experiment.
  6. Research within the field of decontamination of chemical, warfare, and other dangerous substances among others also focuses on testing new prospective decontamination mixtures, and verifying procedures and means of decontamination at low temperatures.

Radiation and Biological protection Section takes part in the Czech Republic National Radiation Monitoring Network (NRMN) and conducts and practices rescue interventions and population protection. These activities may have a radiation subtext.  This section also took an active part in EU projects SAGBATA and BIO-PROTECT.

Warning & Information Awareness Section is in charge of emergency notification system that alerts residents about major incidents, disasters, floods and weather related incidents. Our specialists also organize training courses for relevant personnel who are in charge of early warning and notification and they also regularly test all the equipment needed.

This section is currently working on a research project called “Warning, notification and emergency alerting of Czech citizens”. This project aims to draft procedures of experimental testing procedures, verify new communication technologies and experimental trials.

The other project, assigned by the Ministry of Trade and Industry in conjunction with Technical University in Brno is called “Research and Development of new communication technologies in the area of warning and notification” which aspires to propose a new conception of providing organizationally-technical support for notification of citizens, crisis management authorities and Integrated Rescue Units in the Czech Republic in 2010 to 2016 with the view of 2025.

Critical Infrastructure Resilience experts in the Institute are involved in both research and educational activities. They organize tuitions and training to the staffs of regional crisis headquarters on various topics, such as: floods, blackout, activities of the crisis headquarter as a team, and so on. They also provide specialized consultations and professional opinions on emergency and crisis planning of territorial units.

With regards to civil protection and civil emergency planning, they consult draft bills and other legal regulations, develop conceptions, methodologies and strategies and cooperate in various legal interdepartmental teams and groups.

Geographic information system (GIS) section manages, retrieves, verifies, analysis and distributes geo-data on behalf of the Fire and Rescue Service of the Czech Republic - performs a central data storage function. The section executes complex operation with geo-data, spatial and network GIS analysis, publishes map services and participates in the formation of the map creation. Its technology platform is ESRI (ArcGIS for Desktop and ArcGIS for Server including their upgrade). The section participates in various international and national research projects concerning protection of population and civil defence with regards to geographic information for relevant decision makers.

Fire Causes Investigation team is a coordinated group of qualified experts who investigate the origin and cause of fires. Our experts provide fire cause analysis for which the PPI acquired fire site documentation and digitization tools. The PPI houses a newly built experimental and training laboratory for investigating causes of fires, where also scientific and research projects will be conducted.

The Institute has always been aware of the necessity of promoting education and training of key members of the emergency services and others, including the public, in the essential skills to deal with civil emergencies. Therefore our Study Department designs and carries out both specialized and improvement courses, and takes part in external lecturing. 

The Institute organizes and guarantees professional seminars, conferences and courses with international participation.

With regards to its communication and information activities, the Institute issues a peer-viewed scientific journal The Science for Population Protection. It is intended to provide scientific knowledge in the field of national security and civil protection and deals with the following areas:

  • Security Environment and Security Policy;
  • Civil Protection, Crisis Management and Critical Infrastructure;
  • Security Education and Training;

The aim of the journal is to provide a room for a scientific discussion concerning national security and civil protection, and create a good quality platform for presenting the latest knowledge within security research.

Both printed and electronic version of the journal is included in an internationally recognized database The European Reference Index for the Humanities and the Social Sciences (ERIH PLUS)



For the past 20 years our Institute has run an International Advanced Training Course for specialists in the field of chemical weapons and terrorism under the banner of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), based in Hague. The is organized in cooperation with the State Office for Nuclear Safety (SÚJB) and takes place in the PPI under the guidance of our experienced experts in the area of protection against weapons of mass destruction.

Program of advanced courses is balanced in terms of theoretical and practical parts. In the theoretical part, lecturers give presentations on chemical weapons (the history and the current state of disarmament, warfare chemicals, medical aspects and prophylaxis, etc.) Other presentations are focused on the following practical training, which includes detection, decontamination, sampling and the principles of using personal protective equipment. In the practical part, the participants first familiarize themselves with the use of protective masks, whose leakage the can verified in a mobile gas chamber with the use of "banana gas". Afterward they practice putting on and taking off protective clothing and operating simple detection instruments. The instructors and participants further conduct a methodical training, decontamination and sampling techniques. The practical part of the exercise culminates on the fourth day, when participants practice intervention when suspected warfare chemicals are detected. Using appropriate imitation of substances has positive reactions and the atmosphere of real intervention is assured.

In November 2016 our CBRN experts participated in a pilot OPCW course in Uganda, which was a 5-day Practical Training for first responders, instructors/trainers and for response commanders. The pilot course was organized as a part of the OPCW programme to “Strengthening chemical emergency response, planning and management for the EAC Partner States”. The training event was at the Uganda Rapid Deployment Capability Centre (URDCC), with the financial and technical support of the United Kingdom and the Czech Republic.

In case of your interest in any information, please contact us.

Mrs. Ladislava Navrátilová
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Tel.: +420 950580445

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