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OPCW Training Courses

  • basic
  • advanced

The Population Protection Institute (PPI) has been cooperating with the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) since 1999, when we started to co-organize the first Czech-OPCW training course. These courses have been proceeded in the PPI under the guidance of our experienced experts in the field of protection against weapons of mass destruction. The courses are one of activities, proposed by the Czech Republic to other States Parties of the OPCW according the Article X of the Chemical Weapons Convention. All OPCW activities have been organised with the assistance of the State Office for Nuclear Safety (SÚJB).

Since 2015, the PPI has held an “Assistance and Protection Course for Instructors” every year, the training event is a top-level course aimed at professionals – instructors from all over the world, who are involved in responding to chemical emergency incidents. The course covers the following topics: protection of personnel during a chemical emergency, sampling and detection procedures, rescue and decontamination operations in contaminated areas and appropriate responses and countermeasures in the event of incidents involving chemical-warfare agents or toxic industrial chemicals. The course also includes individual and team procedures, tactics and processes to deliver required operational readiness and to understand the complexity of hot zone management during a chemical incident.

Moreover the course offers an introduction to the use of a system of evaluation of a chemical incident using web-based databases WISER (Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders) and ERG (Emergency Response Guidebook). The course itself is a complex system of theoretical and practical activities, that is concluded by table-top and field emergency response exercises.

List of other important educational events:

"Operational training for the instructors and experts from States Parties in the East African Community on chemical emergency response, planning and management" has been organising annually since 2016, under the auspices of the OPCW, the event is attended by experts from the East African Community, the aim is to strengthen chemical preparedness and to build a regional training center.

"Czech advanced course on emergency preparedness and response for first responders from Paraguay" has conducted since 2016 on the basis of bilateral cooperation and under the auspices of the OPCW, the aim is to strenghten protection against the effects of CBRN agents.

• Participation in NATO training events, for example the "Introduction to the International CBRN Training Curriculum for Trainers of First Responders to CBRN Incidents Course", that has been held annually in April since 2010, under the auspices of NATO, organized by JCBRN Defence COE (Joint Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Defence Center of Excellence), in this course PPI experts teach individual theoretical and practical skills as protection, detection, sampling, decontamination and rescue operation in case of CBRN incident.

International co-operation: regular co-operation between the German AKNZ (Academy for Crisis Management, Emergency Planning and Civil Protection) and the Institute, where German trainers regularly give lessons and practical expertise at OPCW trainings held at the PPI, and Czech lecturers repeatedly teach and train participants in NATO courses held at the AKNZ.

eNOTICE project

Population Protection Institute as an educational organisation is a part of eNOTICE project that aims to collect a general information about training centres, their facilities and capabilities. PPI is a part of a CBRN Training Centres Network. Information about PPI is possible to find at an eNOTICE website https://www.h2020-enotice.eu/static/catalogue.html.


Vloženo: 11. 11. 2020 | Aktualizace: 11. 11. 2020 | Email: spisovna@ioolb.izscr.cz

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