Chemical weapons protection exercise held in Colombia

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) announced details from the recent exercise on assistance and protection for the Latin American and Caribbean region Thursday.

The exercises took place from Nov. 3-7 in Bogotá, Colombia, and 20 participants graduated, representing 15 countries. The training exercise focused on the appropriate use of personal protective equipment (PPE) and activities relating to detection, sampling, decontamination, emergency planning and reconnaissance. The training course concluded with a final practical exercise in the field.

The training was organized by the OPCW, the government of Colombia, the National Directorate of Firefighters, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Colombian National Police. Participants in this course strengthened their respective response capabilities by sharing knowledge gained throughout their respective departments and agencies.

First response personnel representing Barbados, Chile, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Grenada, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, St. Kitts and Nevis, and Uruguay were in attendance.

The OPCW holds regular workshops and training courses on a regional basis in many areas relating to the management and prevention of chemical threats and attacks. Courses include emergency management, analytical chemistry practices, and implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention. 

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