NDMA conducts training programme for CBRN emergencies at Mangaluru

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Mangaluru, February 12, 2019

A five-day basic training programme aimed at enhancing the preparedness of Seaport Emergency Handlers (SEHs) to respond to CBRN emergencies at seaports conducted by the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) began at Mangalore port on Monday.
This is the first in a series of such programmes that will be conducted at various seaports across the country to enable SEHs to respond suitably till the arrival of specialised response teams.
CBRN emergencies pertain to threats emanating from the use of chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear material.
The training programme is being conducted in collaboration with the Indian Ports Association (IPA), Institute of Nuclear Medicine & Allied Sciences (INMAS) and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF). 
An official press release said the programme consists of lectures as well as field training, including live demonstrations of detection and decontamination including the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Besides equipping the SEHs to handle CBRN emergencies, the training programme will also enable them to provide medical first aid and initial psycho-social support.
Experts from stakeholder departments such as the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) and the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) will train the participants.
Around 50 participants representing various agencies responsible for the operation and maintenance of the seaport will be trained on various aspects of CBRN emergencies. Another 150 working level staff will be sensitized on the subject in a half-day module.

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