EU CBRN CoE: A training session for CBRN incident commanders and experts takes place in Brunei
Photo by Matteo Guidotti
EU Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN)
Risk Mitigation Centres of Excellence Initiative
A training session for CBRN incident commanders and experts took place on 1-4 May 2017 in Brunei Darussalam in the framework of the European Union (EU) Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Risk Mitigation Centres of Excellence Initiative (CBRN CoE). The training course was held in Bandar Seri Begawan under the coordination of the staff of the Prime Minister’s Office and aimed at enhancing the capacity, at national level, on crisis management for CBRN first responders with a multidisciplinary and comprehensive approach.
During the closing ceremony, H. E. Mrs Kim-Loan Forgeron, Ambassador of France to Brunei Darussalam, on behalf of the EU Delegation to Indonesia and Brunei Darussalam, and Mr Ampuan Shazwi Ampuan Haji Sadikin, on behalf of the Brunei-Darussalam Prime Minister's Office, expressed their appreciation to the 25 participants coming from the National Security Coordination Centre, the Royal Police Forces, the Royal Brunei Armed Forces, the National Disaster Management Centre, the Fire and Rescue Department and the Ministry of Health for attending the training session and actively contributing to the technical working sessions.
The training activity was designed to strengthen the existing inter-agency strategic capabilities and fostering a fruitful exchange of information across commanders and decision-makers responding to accidental CBRN events or malicious incidents involving non-conventional hazardous materials.
The topics of the training programme have been specifically selected to meet the priorities and suggestions gathered by the CBRN CoE Project 46 experts during a fact-finding mission in 2016. The course features a special train-the-trainer character with interactive sessions, table-top exercises and training modules.
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 was 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.