Training courses in inter-agency cooperation - Amman and Beirut, July 27th-31st 2015

From the 27th to the 31st July 2015 FORMIT organized in Amman (Jordan) and Beirut (Lebanon) the first Training Courses of WP1 for Iraqi, Jordanian and Lebanese stakeholders. Included in the Work Package 1 "Knowledge development and transfer of best practice on inter-agency CBRN response", these courses aimed to collect, analyze and identify best practices and main criticalities in CBRN response and, specifically, in interagency cooperation.

The course in Amman took place, for the Iraqi and Jordanian stakeholders, at the Middle East Scientific Institute for Security (MESIS) from 27 to 29 July and involved about 20 participants both from Iraq and from Jordan. Trainees were mainly operative staff and middle management from ministries, national agencies and first respondents.

The course in Beirut, for the Lebanese stakeholders, was organized from 29 to 31 July at the Presidency of the Council of Ministers - the Grand Serail with participants (about 30) mainly from the Lebanese Army, Civil Protection and several ministries.

Each course was carried out by 5 training experts who exposed the European and Italian best practices in the field of CBRN response with the support of a FORMIT delegation. In order to reach the expected training goals the courses were structured in thematic modules with frontal presentations in the matter of indications on country framework in response and inter-agency cooperation, incident preparedness and cooperation in the public sector, risk mitigation systems, biological contamination and border control activities, CBRN planning, response and coordination, Emergency Management Systems, Veterinary Emergencies and Public Health. Local experts and National Focal Points were involved as well to illustrate the national situations.

The courses were organized with the aim of stressing the importance of practical aspects in facing a severe CBRN treat. According to this, Table Top Exercises were developed in each day of the courses with a large and concluding one in the third day focusing on response to chemical incidents including public health issues. During this exercise, participants had to test their communication and cooperation skills during the first response to a complex scenario.