Chemical weapons protection training held in Czech Republic

The government of the Czech Republic and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) co-hosted a training event from May 19-23 in the Czech Republic on protective measures against chemical weapons.

The Advanced Practical Training Course on Assistance and Protection in Lazne Bohdanec included 16 participants from 15 countries, including Brazil, Iraq, Pakistan and Malaysia.

The training event covered the planning and preparation of response operations in contaminated areas, as well as appropriate countermeasures in the event of chemical weapons or toxic industrial chemicals incidents. The course also included an advanced component on complex emergency responses.

Participants in the course also received training in detection and reconnaissance, the use of protective equipment, response management and the medical aspects of a response.

Lazne Bohdanec is a town of approximately 3,300 people near the city of Pardubice in the Czech Republic.

OPCW is the implementing body of the Chemical Weapons Convention and was founded in 1997. The convention currently has 190 member states, which collaborate to eliminate chemical weapons. OPCW is run by an executive council made up of 41 members elected to two-year terms.