The Joint CBRN Defence Centre of Excellence (COE), in close cooperation with the Arms Control, Disarmament and WMD Non-Proliferation Centre (ACDC), organized the CBRN Consequence Management course from 28 March to 1 April 2021 to support the NATO-Istanbul Cooperation Initiative Regional Centre (NATO-ICI RC). This course was conducted virtually as a mobile education training team due to COVID-19 restrictions.

This operational-level course provided participants with the key elements of consequence management, focusing on first response and consequence management after a CBRN incident. Interactive training for the participants in the fields of CBRN defence included table-top exercises on CBRN consequence management gap analysis training to identify deficits in current capabilities and operations planning.

There were eighteen participants from across the Kuwaiti Defence, Interior and Health Ministries, the Kuwait National Guard, the Fire Service Directorate, the Civil Aviation Directorate; the United Arab Emirates’ Ministry of Defence; the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Defence; the State of Qatar’s Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Environment; and the Sultanate of Oman’s Ministry of Defence.

Despite the challenges with online training, the participants’ feedback was very positive, about both the course content and the presenters’ professionalism.

The cooperation between the Joint CBRN Defence COE and the NATO-ICI Regional Centre is very well established and both sides intend to maintain this mutual support into the future.

For additional information on courses organized by the Joint CBRN Defence COE, please visit our Centre’s Training Portal (https://www.jcbrncoe.org/index.php/courses-link-page).

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Author: LTC Jiří CHRÁSTEK (CZE-A)

Photo: WO Roman SCHINDLER (CZE-A)