India inaugurates training lab for chemical, nuclear emergencies

Indian government officials recently attended the inauguration of a new state-of-the-art training laboratory that will handle biological, chemical and nuclear emergencies in Coimbatore, India.

The laboratory will be used to train personnel of the disaster management sector of the Central Reserve Police Force in addition to other state police organizations on the contingency plans of both national and man-made disasters. N R K Reddy, a representative of the CRPF's southern sector, said the training facility cost India approximately $744,946 to construct, the Economic Times reports.

Reddy said that since nuclear, biological and chemical emergencies do not give much warning, it was important to keep troops well trained at the facility. The laboratory will be used to develop new methodologies to counteract any consequences of accidents or terrorist attacks.

The laboratory was built in a similar manner to the Defense Research & Development Organization and will serve as an asset to handle training for medical first responders, in addition to collapsed structure search and rescue.

Reddy said the disaster management force was also monitoring certain militant groups in India moving through Karnataka, Kerala and Andhra Pradesh, the Economic Times reports.

"We are ready to meet any challenge," Reddy said, according to the Economic Times.