The Development and Deployment of a Mobile Chemical Laboratory – A Contribution to Safety and Security at Major Events within Canada


  1. Hancock, J.R.
  2. Jackson Lepage, C.R.
  3. Lukacs, M.J.
  4. Froese, D.S.W.
  5. Huelin, S.D.
  6. Saunders, A.S.
  7. Liu, H.Z.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Suffield, Ralston ALTA (CAN)
Prior to 2005, Defence Research and Development Canada supported Canada’s counter terrorism efforts by providing chemical scientific advisors to the RCMP-led National Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear and Explosive Response Team (N CBRNE RT). At that time, the team was supported by personnel from the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), forensic and explosive units of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), and the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC). PHAC provided both biological scientific advisors and an onsite laboratory which utilized air transportable containers. The chemical capability of the N CBRNE RT was provided by the CAF using handheld detectors and a limited amount of fielded identification equipment. DRDC Suffield initiated a project in October 2005 to enhance the N CBRNE RT’s ability to operate in a chemically contaminated environment. As there was no mobile chemical identification capability (comparable to the PHAC biological laboratory) available to the N CBRNE RT, it was decided that this could best be achieved by fielding a mobile chemical laboratory (MCL). This report describes the development and deployment of the MCL. It outlines the steps required to procure appropriate funding, the selection of a contractor to build the lab, and the design issues, as well as the lessons learned from deploying the lab to the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games and the 2010 G8/G20 Summits.

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Mobile Chemical Laboratory;V2010 Olympic Games;G8/G20;N CBRNE RT
Report Number
DRDC-SUFFIELD-TR-2012-091 — Technical Report
Date of publication
01 Sep 2012
Number of Pages
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