India's parliament trained to handle CBRN emergencies

India's National Disaster Management Authority is training the security personnel of the country's parliament to handle chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear safety in the Parliament House Complex.

The authority held its eighth training course on October 10 and October 11. During the eight courses, the NDMA trained close to 400 members of the parliament's security personnel.

During the eighth training course, Major General JK Bansal, a member of the NDMA, discussed the importance of constant CBRN agent monitoring inside and outside the PHC. While strict security measures will keep most CBRN agents from getting inside the complex, releasing CBRN agents in the vicinity of the complex is more likely.

The officials also discussed the potential of contaminating PHC water with hazardous material such as anthrax. The biological agents could also be distributed through a fire extinguisher, air conditioning system or air handling unit.

Bansal brought up the importance of using protective CBRN clothing such as face masks, gloves and boots. Additionally, people who come into contact with CBRN materials must be decontaminated as quickly as possible.

Approximately 60 members of the parliament's security attended the eighth training class, which consisted of both theoretical lectures and practical demonstrations. The class included a mock drill that involved a simulated chemical terrorism scenario.