Bangladesh National Authority for Chemical Weapons Convention (BNACWC) and Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has jointly organized a "Basic Training Course on Assistance and Protection against Chemical Weapons and Emergency Response to Chemical Incidents" at Hotel Le Meridian in the capital Dhaka.
The course was inaugurated on 19 June and closed on 23 June , said ISPR.
State Minister of Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief Dr Enamur Rahman was present as chief guest while the Chairman, BNACWC and Principal Staff Officer, Armed Forces Division Lieutenant General Waker-Uz-Zaman was present as special guest on the closing ceremony of the course. Representatives from OPCW, a good number of high officials from Armed Forces, Bangladesh Police and different Ministries and participants from six SAARC countries were also present during the closing ceremony.
The participants were oriented with all the gears and equipment’s they need to use to an emergency. They also learnt the mechanism involving identification, detection and decontamination procedure in the face of a chemical accident. A basic idea regarding the medical management of chemical weapon casualties is also given to the participants.
Dr. Md. Enamur Rahman distributed the certificates among the participants. The practical part of this course was held in the training complex of Fire Service and Civil Defence in city’s Mirpur on Wednesday. Four instructors from OPCW, twenty participants from India, Pakistan, Srilanka, Maldives, Nepal and seventeen national participants attended the course. It is mentionable that in March 2018, the same regional course was jointly conducted by OPCW and BNACWC in Bangladesh.
Dr. Md. Enamur Rahman thanked OPCW, AFD and BNACWC for arranging the training course. He expressed his optimism saying that this endeavor would certainly make Fire Service and Civil Defense Department as well as other related organizations more efficient in countering any chemical incident or accident. He expressed his hope regarding the commitment of OPCW and BNACWC to ensure chemical safety and security for the sake of a peaceful world.