THE NATO ADVANCED TRAINING COURSE ON IDENTIFICATION AND NEUTRALIZATION OF CHEMICAL IMPROVISED EXPLOSIVE DEVICES - WROCŁAW, POLAND, 26–30 MAY 2014

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To enhance public security by promoting advanced technologies, methodologies and best practices in preparing the respective governmental agencies to respond to threats posed by chemically filled improvised explosive devices: Chem-IED

NATO ADVANCED TRAINING COURSE ON IDENTIFICATION AND NEUTRALIZATION OF CHEMICAL IMPROVISED EXPLOSIVE DEVICES
WROCŁAW, POLAND, 26–30 MAY 2014

1. General information

The NATO Science for Peace and Security Programme (hereinafter “the NATO SPS”) and the Government of Poland wish to inform about the NATO Advanced Training Course on Identification and Neutralization of Chemical Improvised Explosive Devices for promoting the higher level of security for societies all over the world.

The partner institutions involved in the organization of the course are: Military University of Technology, Warsaw, Poland, www.wat.edu.pl; Military Institute of Engineer Technology, Poland, www.witi.wroc.pl , Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry and Petrochemistry of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Kiev, Ukraine, http://bpci.kiev.ua, International Centre for Chemical Safety and Security, Poland, www.iccss.com.pl and others.

The course is being organized under the NATO Science for Peace and Security Programme, and will be supported jointly by the Government of Poland. It will be held from 26 to 30 May 2014 at the Military Institute of Engineer Technology (WITI), Wrocław, Poland.

The course is meant to train first responders, EOD and antiterrorist unit members, who will be able to use the knowledge and experience gained during the course to their advantage when carrying out their duties. The participant selection procedure will be particularly strict. The countries shall mention the security measures observed when selecting their candidates. A description of these security measures should be included in the application documentation. The organizers shall evaluate of the measures taken in order to meet the acceptable standards and performed by a security expert.

The course is intended for participants with a background in explosive ordinance disposal (EOD), safety engineering, as well as, for the first responders. The course will accommodate up to 22 participants.

The course has been designed using the “train-the-trainer” approach for participants who are in a position and ready to share the knowledge and expertise gained in their home country for the implementation of technologies against terrorist threats involving explosive devices and other terrorist attacks with the use of toxic chemicals.

2. General objectives of the Course

The overarching objective of the ATC is to enhance public security by promoting advanced technologies, methodologies and best practices in preparing the respective governmental agencies to respond to threats posed by chemically filled improvised explosive devices: Chem-IED.
The specific goals revolve around training as a method of collecting and disseminating knowledge. The main goal is to assemble, systematize and adapt the best available expertise, knowledge and teaching techniques relevant to the discussed subject matter and to create a training curriculum. A network of specialists, on the basis of all participants of the course, will become the output of the course. IEDs, filled with hazardous chemicals, including Chemical Warfare Agents (eg. sarin, VX, mustard gas) pose a serious threat to public safety and national and international security, as well as for citizens’ general perception of safety. The course gives the opportunity to build or improve the professional skills of trainees, improve their safety and security procedures, increase national antiterrorist security levels and, as a consequence, enhances the preparedness of the trainees’ home countries in the specified subject area. The course will help in developing security standards that meet international requirements and will improve interoperability and the effectiveness of international cooperation in this area.

3. Security relevance of the Course

The course on chemically loaded improvised explosive devices is intended to cover the different aspects of preparedness and first response to incidents involving the dissemination of harmful substances by means of an improvised explosion. It is a question of time when a group of perpetrators with the necessary knowledge will try to combine improvised explosive devices with a chemical load to enhance the level of fear and chaos. Teaching first responders and other personnel involved in emergency planning about materials and best procedures constitutes a direct action in the field of public security prevention. The course will directly increase the security preparedness and response capacity of the respective state services.

4. Impact of the Advanced Training Course on the security

Due to the scarcity of incidents of the kind, the required expertise and knowledge in preparedness and response to incidents involving Chem-IED, while existent, is not systematized. The ATC on Chem-IED is a first initiative to improve state capacity in responding to Chem-IED incidents. The main expected impact will be on the methodology of courses dealing with a multifaceted threat. The second impact expected from the course is on finding synergy between different fields of expertise involved in Chem-IED. The other impact of the course is on capacity of NATO and partnering countries and on standardization of approach and procedures resulting in enhanced interoperability in case of seeking assistance. The organizers expect a substantial knowledge to be developed in terms of teaching and training methods. Due to the existing experience of the organizers the subject covers chemically loaded devices. It is however expected that the current curriculum can enhance teaching preparedness and the ability to deal with devices constructed according to a similar concept but containing a biological or radiological load.

5. Duration of the Course

The course will be held from 26 to 30 May 2014. Candidates should be prepared to travel one day before the course begins in order to be able to register and complete pre-course formalities in a timely manner.

6. Sponsorship

The cost of the course, of travel and accommodation for participants will be covered by the Science for Peace and Security Programme grant, according to the NATO SPS rules. Participants who are deemed eligible and who come from: Afghanistan, Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Egypt, Georgia, Iraq, Jordan, Kyrgyz Republic, Mauritania, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan can be supported up to 100% by a NATO SPS subsidy, if they qualify for the course. Participants who are deemed eligible and who come from: Belarus, Kazakhstan, Montenegro, Serbia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia[1] can be supported up to 80% by NATO SPS subsidy, if they qualify for the course. Further details regarding accommodation, airline tickets, and local transport, as well as other logistical arrangements, will be issued to all confirmed participants at a later date.

Participants are requested to obtain any necessary visas, including travel visas, before travelling to Poland. The costs of visas will be reimbursed to participants from Partnership for Peace countries upon the delivery of original receipts. The organizers will send information and the necessary invitation to participants applying for Schengen visas.

7. Information

All Application Forms must be received by the secretariat at the Military Institute of Engineer Technology. Applicant should contact with Patrycja Wojcieszynska phone:+48-71-347-44-21, fax: +48-71 347-44-04, email: Ten adres pocztowy jest chroniony przed spamowaniem. Aby go zobaczyć, konieczne jest włączenie obsługi JavaScript."> Ten adres pocztowy jest chroniony przed spamowaniem. Aby go zobaczyć, konieczne jest włączenie obsługi JavaScript. or Ten adres pocztowy jest chroniony przed spamowaniem. Aby go zobaczyć, konieczne jest włączenie obsługi JavaScript."> Ten adres pocztowy jest chroniony przed spamowaniem. Aby go zobaczyć, konieczne jest włączenie obsługi JavaScript. . Additional information about the programme and organization may be obtained from Professor Slawomir Neffe (who can be reached at phone: +48 22-683-93-63, email: Ten adres pocztowy jest chroniony przed spamowaniem. Aby go zobaczyć, konieczne jest włączenie obsługi JavaScript."> Ten adres pocztowy jest chroniony przed spamowaniem. Aby go zobaczyć, konieczne jest włączenie obsługi JavaScript. ), Professor Valery Kukhar from Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry and Petrochemistry of National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, phone: +38-4455-85388, email: Ten adres pocztowy jest chroniony przed spamowaniem. Aby go zobaczyć, konieczne jest włączenie obsługi JavaScript. and PhD Lech Starostin, cell. phone: +48-798-266-303, email: Ten adres pocztowy jest chroniony przed spamowaniem. Aby go zobaczyć, konieczne jest włączenie obsługi JavaScript."> Ten adres pocztowy jest chroniony przed spamowaniem. Aby go zobaczyć, konieczne jest włączenie obsługi JavaScript..

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Annex 1: Information sheet on the NATO Advanced Training Course
Annex 2: Scientific Programme
Annex 3: Provisional Programme
Annex 4:  Agenda
Annex 5: Practical information for participants

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