European Union recounts first responder training

The European Union (EU) recounted two training sessions of their Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Risk Mitigation Centers of Excellence (EU CBRN COE) on Tuesday.

The sessions brought first response personnel from Central and Eastern Europe and focused on CBRN substances, identification and management of CBRN scenes, civil emergency planning and several simulation exercises that gave participants hands-on experience with managing an incident.

Both training sessions were a part of the EU CBRN COE Project 14, which was set up to allow countries to further develop their CBRN response and regional response protocol. To develop this process, there needs to be a fundamental understanding of practices and measures suited for these kinds of threats, as well as a standardization of knowledge among governments and their respective CBRN response teams.

The first session occurred in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, between March 10 and 12, and the second took place in Belgrade, Serbia, between April 21 and 23. Countries that took part in these sessions -- Albania, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia -- all met in Stockholm, Sweden, on May 7 and 8, in order to allow further study and education. Presentations were made by the Swedish authorities involved in this area.

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