The inaugural "Emergency Response to Chemical Incidents" training course will be conducted from 2 to 6 March 2009 at the Civil Defence Academy.
The training course is part of Singapore's pledge to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to host and/or conduct relevant training courses to other States Parties in their efforts to build up their national capabilities to implement their CWC obligations, and to protect themselves against chemical weapons attacks or incidents.
As the implementing body for the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), the OPCW is given the mandate to ensure the implementation of the CWC provisions, including those for international verification of compliance with the Convention, and to provide a forum for consultation and cooperation among States Parties.
A total of 16 participants from 13 Asian nations are trained during these five days, on how to plan for and build support teams in civil protection and de-contamination operations in contaminated areas, in the event where chemical weapons are used or there is a threat arising from chemical weapon usage.
They will also be taught on the techniques to deal with incidents involving chemical-warfare agents that use personal and collective protective equipment, as well as monitoring, detection and decontamination tools.
A practical demonstration by the SCDF in an emergency response to a chemical attack and hands-on laboratory training for participants will be included.
Participants will also tour the Global Terrorism Suite at the Home Team Academy, which was set up as a learning facility to develop the sense of awareness amongst all Home Team and frontline officers on the threats posed by Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Explosive (CBRE) agents through the senses of sight, smell and touch.
In addition, they will also visit the Tuas Checkpoint's Protective and Analytical Facility, a new addition to Singapore's surveillance capabilities of security-sensitive materials and infectious diseases so as to check the entry of undesirable biological and chemical agents.
The course is jointly organised by Singapore Customs, which is the National Authority for the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).