Second Assistance and Protection Training Course for Instructors from States Parties in Africa

25 September 2013
Attendees at the Second Assistance and Protection Training Course for Instructors from States Parties in Africa.

Attendees at the Second Assistance and Protection Training Course for Instructors from States Parties in Africa.

The OPCW and the South Africa Council for the Non-Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction co-organised the second assistance-and-protection training course for instructors from Africa from 9 to 20 September 2013 in Tshwane. Participating in the training were 14 instructors from 10 States Parties in the region* who will train emergency response personnel for chemical weapons incidents in their own countries.

The course, held at Dithlo Airbase in Tshwane, included lectures on how to prepare a training course in response to a chemical weapons incident, and information on protection against chemicals, detection and decontamination. The participants engaged in table-top and practical exercises in the use of chemical protective equipment, sampling, detection, and decontamination techniques in response to attacks with toxic chemicals.

* Algeria, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Kenya, Madagascar, Morocco, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda, with one observer from Brazil.

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