Enhancement of CBRN capacities of South-East Asia in addressing CBRN risk mitigation concerning CBRN first response, biosafety and biosecurity awareness raising and legal framework
Funded by the European Union
The first training session for incident commanders took place in Vientiane, Lao PDR
Within the framework of the European Union (EU) Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Centres of Excellence Risk Mitigation Initiative (CBRN CoE), one training session for CBRN incident commanders and experts has been organised on capacity building on crisis management for CBRN first responders, in Vientiane, Lao PDR, from 10 to 14 October 2016.
The one-week-long training activity, formally opened by Mr. Chittaphong Ackhavong, Deputy Director General of the Department of Planning and Cooperation of the Lao Ministry of Science and Technology, was designed to enhance the inter-agency strategic capability and coordination of commanders and decision-makers at a CBRN incident scenario. This training session aims to support Lao CBRN National Team in dealing with and responding to unintentional events or deliberate incidents involving non-conventional hazardous materials with a multidisciplinary and comprehensive approach.
The training programme has been specifically designed to meet priorities and preferences collected from the National CBRN Team by the CoE’s Experts and features a special Train-the-Trainer character with interactive sessions, table-top exercises and educational modules covering topics of utmost relevancy for first responders to CBRN events.
Mr. Kalakate Xaythanith, Programme Officer at the Delegation of the European Union to Lao PDR underlined, in his opening remarks, the importance of improving inter-agency cooperation and preparedness when coping with potential risks associated with non-conventional hazardous materials. Mr. Ackhavong and Mr. Xaythanith expressed, in addition, their appreciation to the 26 delegates, coming from the Ministry of Science and Technology, the Ministry of National Defense, the Ministry of Industry and Commerce, the Ministry of Public Security, Fire Prevention Police Department, the National University of Laos, the Lao Red Cross, for attending the training activity and contributing proactively to the technical working sessions.
The training course is a component of Project 46 “Enhancement of CBRN capacities of South East Asia in addressing CBRN risk mitigation concerning CBRN first response, biosafety and biosecurity, awareness raising and legal framework” and is led by the international experts Dr. Matteo Guidotti, from the Italian National Research Council, and Prof. Roberto Mugavero, from the University of Rome – Tor Vergata, in conjunction with FORMIT, Italian Foundation for Technology Migration and Research.