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Hanoi, Vietnam - Training Programme 2 for CBRN first responder team leaders organised in Vietnam.

Within the framework of the European Union (EU) Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Centres of Excellence Risk Mitigation Initiative (CBRN CoE), the last session of the second Training Programme for CBRN first responder team leaders was held in the period 22-25 May 2018.

This four-day event was opened by Prof. Dr. Nguyen Tuan Khai, Director General of VARANS, with Dr. Juan Zaratiegui Biurrun, Political Advisor at the Delegation of the European Union to Vietnam, and Mr. Matteo Guidotti, Key Expert 3 of the Project 46. A total of 27 delegates coming from the Fire Protection and Prevention and Rescue, the Chemical Command Ministry of Defence, the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology, the Vietnam Agency for Radiation and Nuclear Safety, the Vietnam Chemicals Agency, and the Vietnam National Committee for Search and Rescue attended the training activities fostering a positive exchange of experience in the way to enhance the national interagency approach.

The Training Programme 2, organized in the framework of Component 1 – Capacity building on crisis management for CBRN first responders of Project 46, has been designed to consolidate knowledge within team leaders and trainers across a number of responding agencies. Delegates receive a combination of lectures from experts but with a heavy emphasis on the practical aspects of scene management including detection, protection and decontamination.

The EU CBRN CoE Risk Mitigation Initiative is funded by the European Union and jointly implemented by the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI) and the European Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC). The initiative is developed with the technical support of relevant international and regional organisations, the EU Member States and other stakeholders, through coherent and effective cooperation at the national, regional and international level. The initiative involves 56 partner countries in 8 regions of the world.

This Training session was led by the international experts Dr. Matteo Guidotti, from the Italian National Research Council, and Eng. Dr. Mauro Valerio Mattavelli Solbiati, Team Leader of the CBRNe Unit of the Italian Firefighters Corps based in Milan, in conjunction with FORMIT, Italian Foundation for Technology Migration and Research.

With this last course, the training activities delivered under the Project 46 - Component 1 are thus concluded across the 7 Beneficiary Countries in the Southeast Asia Region.