OPCW hosts Second Assistance and Protection Training Course for Instructors

The Second Assistance and Protection Training Course for Instructors took place at the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons Headquarters in The Hague May 1 through May 8.

The initial course was a test project in November that proved successful in teaching how to respond to and treat chemical weapon incidents. The second course had 21 instructors from 21 different states present to teach how to respond to a chemical weapon incident.

The course covered different aspects of a chemical weapon response including proper protective equipment, monitoring, detection, decontamination and sampling techniques. The instructors will return to their nations and teach their respective response teams based on the training they receive during the course.

The teaching instructors were from the Technical Secretariat and develop the OPCW's capabilities. They work on expanding and developing knowledge of combating chemical weapon incidents.

The nations present included Algeria, Argentine Bolivia, Chile, China, Cuba, Guyana, India, Iraq, Jordan, Malaysia, Mongolia, Nigeria, Panama, Philippines, Serbia, South Africa, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine and Zimbabwe.