First-response exercises concluded for Latin American nations

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) reported on the recent Table Top Exercise in Chemical Emergency Response for Central American states and Mexico on Thursday.
 
This session took place in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, from April 7 to the 9. There were 23 participants that represented first-response personnel from 11 countries.

These exercises allow emergency personnel to explore situations and to test their knowledge of appropriate response activity. These exercises also allow the different emergency response agencies from participating countries to gain a third-party perspective on their protocols. This can lead to regulatory or legislative improvements to national, regional and sub-regional preparedness and response issues.
Belize, Costa Rica, Brazil, Honduras, El Salvador, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, Panama and the Dominican Republic all had representation at the exercise session.

Costa Rica, Guatemala and Peru implemented an effective knowledge and information exchange through a program that would exchange instructors to different countries. According to the report this has been an effective tool and has been accepted amongst member states in the region.

This exercise session was jointly organized by the National Authority of Honduras and the OPCW's Technical Secretariat. This exercise session is a part of the third phase of ensuring that protective capabilities of Central American member states can protect themselves against chemical threats or accidents.

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