NATO course prepares first-responders for any CBRN attacks

This training drill helped teach first-responders how to decontaminate a plane. NATO recently held a course to help train first-responders in a possible CBRN incident. | Courtesy of NATO

Over two dozen military and civilian first-responders participated in a NATO training course in mid-November to prepare for possible attacks through chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) weapons.

The course, “Consequence Management After CBRN Incident,” included participants from Azerbaijan, Moldova, Ukraine and other NATO countries

NATO said Friday the training will help police officers, firefighters and paramedics gain a basic level of preparedness when working during the aftermath of a CBRN incident.

“A lot of people will be affected, and a lot of (responders) will be dealing with the recovery,” Capt. Gorazd Stergar, CBRN defense course instructor, said, concerning response efforts after a CBRN attack. “And for this, we need to be ready. This course provided opportunities on how and where to find possible solutions. Each CBRN incident is unique.”

The course focused on improving countries' civil emergency plans and looking at how NATO and the European Union organize emergency responses. The training focused on the 2011 Fukushima nuclear power plant leak incident.

“There are many vulnerable CBRN facilities that are lacking physical protection and presenting a high risk for our national security, public health and environment,” Col. Mariana Grama, a co-director of the program from the Ministry of Defense for the Republic of Moldova, said. “There is also an increase of CBRN agents imported in the country or transited through our territory, and we are dealing with instability in bordering countries, in particular with Ukraine.”

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