Regional Basic Course on Assistance and Protection Held in Brazil

1 April 2015
Participants at basic course in Assistance and Protection, which was held in Brazil from 23 to 27 March 2015.

Participants at basic course in Assistance and Protection, which was held in Brazil from 23 to 27 March 2015.

A basic course in Assistance and Protection (CAPEQ-4) for Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) States Parties in Latin America and the Caribbean was held from 23 to 27 March 2015 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The course was co-organised by the Technical Secretariat of the OPCW and the Brazilian National Authority to the CWC at the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, in close coordination with the Brazilian Ministry of Defence.  Forty-two participants from 17 States Parties in the region attended the course*.

CAPEQ-4 was the opening stage of the second training cycle designed for the GRULAC region in 2015. The course provided knowledge and skills on the use of individual and protective equipment, reconnaissance, detection, sampling and analysis, as well as rescue and decontamination techniques. Contingency planning issues were addressed by means of a table-top exercise.

The second stage of this training cycle will take place in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in April 2015 for the same group of regional  participants.

* Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Barbados, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, , Dominica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru and Saint Lucia.

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