NDMA conducts training programme for CBRN emergencies at Chennai Airport

The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) today began a training programme at the Kamaraj Airport in Chennai to enhance the preparedness of airport emergency handlers to respond to emergencies emanating threats emanating from the use of chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) material.
The training programme is being conducted in collaboration with the Airport Authority of India (AAI) and Institute of Nuclear Medicine & Allied Sciences (INMAS), an official press release said.
"It is one major step towards enhancing CBRN safety at our airports" said Mr RK Jain, Member, NDMA while highlighting the fact that handling CBRN emergencies need specialised skills and efforts.
The training programme was inaugurated by Dr. S. Christopher, Secretary, Department of Defence Research & Development and Chairman, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
The programme consists of lectures as well as field training, including live demonstrations of detection and decontamination, including use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). 
Apart from equipping the airport emergency handlers to handle CBRN emergencies, the training programme will also enable them to provide medical first aid and initial psycho-social support. 
A total of 200 personnel will be trained on various aspects of CBRN emergencies during the week-long training.
"Even a small CBRN related event can cause panic among people at the airports. It is, therefore, important that airport emergency handlers are able to respond appropriately till the arrival of highly trained and better equipped response teams," said Dr D N Sharma, Member, NDMA. 
This is the first in a series of such training programmes that have been planned for various airports across the country, the release added.


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