OPCW holds CBRN training course in Serbia

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) held the 10th International Basic Course on Assistance and Protection Against Chemical Weapons on June 2-6 in Krusevac, Serbia.

The course, which combined theory and practical sessions in CBRN training, took place at the Serbian Armed Forces CBRN Training Centre. Seventeen participants from 14 OPCW states parties learned about protection, decontamination, detection and identification of toxic chemicals, and trained in the use of personal protection equipment in field conditions.

Other training related to the course included planning and establishing a support team for the protection of civilian populations against chemical weapons, mounting rescue operations in contaminated areas, responding to incidents involving chemical warfare agents and taking samples.

The 14 states parties represented at the event were Uganda, Tunisia, South Africa, Pakistan, Nigeria, Mongolia, Mexico, Madagascar, Latvia, Cote d'Ivoire, Burundi, Burkina Faso, Brazil and Bahrain.

Several officials attended the opening ceremony for the course, including Maj. Gen. Mladjen Nisevic, the deputy commander of training command; Lt. Col. Ivan Lazarevic, the CBRN training centre commandant; and Mark Albon, the OPCW director of international cooperation and assistance.

The training was sponsored by the training secretariat of the OPCW and the government of Serbia.