NATO holds regional WMD response training

Near the end of April, first response, law enforcement and rescue teams from the Balkans and Caucasus regions took part in chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) response training in Bulgaria.

During the course, the international teams took part in demonstrations regarding CBRN capabilities of personal protective equipment and other tools aimed at providing assistance to victims. A broad range of topics was covered including chemical warfare agents and the interaction between civilians and military personnel in an incident or attack.

“We look at other events in the world, like the use of chemical agents against civilian populations in Iraq, and it demands that we assess the risk for our societies,” Lt. Col. Petar Petrov, of the Bulgarian Ministry of Defense, said. “To be prepared, we need a deep analysis of existing threats, and expertise from the international community, to prevent similar events from happening in our region.”

This training course was initiated by both the Bulgarian and Moldovan governments and received financial support from NATO's Science for Peace and Security Program. An important step in ensuring quality response capabilities for the region is making sure that national responses of each country have high capability levels in this area. As a part of the training participants were encouraged to plan and conduct similar training for first responders and other emergency personnel.

“It was an interesting and useful course for us,” Maksym Dovhanovskyi, head of the sector for CBRN Protection of the State Emergency Service of Ukraine, said. “The materials from this course will be used for training special CBRN teams and they also will be present at the workshop for leading officers of radiation, biological and chemical protection of the State Emergency Service of Ukraine

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