OPCW holds second advanced assistance-and-protection course in China

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and the Government of the People's Republic of China jointly organized the second advanced assistance-and-protection course from June 24 to 28 in Beijing.

The course took place at the Institute of Chemical Defense in Beijing. Twenty emergency response leaders representing 17 States Parties attended the training class, including participants from Barbados, Brazil, Colombia, Georgia, Hungary, India, Iraq, Jamaica, Jordan, Nigeria, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Ukraine, Uruguay, Zimbabwe and Cote d'Ivoire.

The course trained national responders on how to respond to a chemical threat, the use of protective equipment, techniques for detection and decontamination and how to monitor for chemical weapon use during both field and tabletop exercises.

The representatives who attended the event were from agencies that are classified as national emergency responders and handle chemical weapon incidents. The organizations are all highly trained in chemistry and know how to assist and protect in the event of a chemical incident. The course allowed for participants to exchange information between one another and openly discuss how Article X of the Chemical Weapon Convention can be implemented successfully.

Participants discussed the possibility for future cooperation.