Latin American and Caribbean nations conference on chemical emergency response plans
The technical secretariat of the Organization for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and the Argentine National Authority to the Chemical Weapons Convention's ministry of foreign affairs organized the course, with support of the Ministry of Security.
Instructors from Costa Rica and Spain also contributed to the course taught to 33 first responders from 17 nations: Argentina, Barbados, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Spain and St Lucia. The training was the second stage of an assistance and protection full training cycle designed for the Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC) region that commenced in Brazil in March 2014.
Participants were trained on the proper use of individual and protective equipment, including self-contained breathing apparatus, as well as containment, rescue and decontamination techniques. The course also provided training in the incident command system approach that is aimed at the improvement of coordination and efficiency of response during occurrences with chemical warfare agents and toxic industrial chemicals.
The training added to the endless discussion and exchange of information and experiences that contributed to the strengthening of the new group of trainees team unity.