Instructors from Africa attend second assistance and protection training course

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and the South Africa Council for the Non-Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction held their second assistance-and-protection training course from Sept. 9-20.

The course was held at the Dithlo Airbase in Tshwane, South Africa, training 14 instructors from 10 state parties, including Algeria, Cameroon, Cote d'Ivoire, Kenya, Madagascar, Morocco, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda.

The instructors learned how to train emergency responders in their countries for chemical weapons incidents. During the course, the instructors listened to lectures about preparing a training course for chemical weapons incidents and how to protect against dangerous chemicals. Hands on exercises included table-top and practical exercises involving the use of protective equipment, sampling, detection and decontamination techniques.

The OPCW is an intergovernmental organization that promotes and adheres to the Chemical Weapons Convention. The CWC prohibits the use of chemical weapons and asks that countries destroy any stockpiles they might posses. The OPCW works in cooperation with the United Nations and is located in The Hague, Netherlands.