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National Disaster Management Authority conducts training program for handling emergencies at Kandla Port

The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) is conducting a basic training program to employees of Deendayal Port, Kandla aimed at increasing the awareness and enhancing the preparedness of Sea Port Emergency Handlers. The five-day training program intended to prepare them to respond to CBRN emergencies at the seaports started on June 10.

Such programs train SEHs to handle emergencies till specialized team arrives

This is the fourth in a series of such programs that will be conducted at various seaports across the country to enable SEHs to respond suitably till the arrival of specialized response teams. Earlier this year, three batches of SEHs were trained at Mangalore, Kochi and Navi Mumbai.

CBRN (Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear) threats emanate at seaports due to arrival, storage and transportation of a large amount of chemical, petrochemical and other CBRN agents.

This training, joint program of IPA, INMAS and NDRF

The training program is being conducted in collaboration with the Indian Ports Association (IPA), Institute of Nuclear Medicine & Allied Sciences (INMAS) and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF). This training program will improve the CBRN safety at our seaports by enabling the SEHs to handle any emergency.

The training covers medical first aid and initial psycho-social support

The program consists of lectures as well as field training, including live demonstrations of detection and decontamination including use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), and mock exercises. Besides equipping the SEHs to handle CBRN emergencies, the training program will also enable them to provide medical first aid and initial psycho-social support.

Experts from stakeholder departments such as Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB), Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) and Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) will train the participants.

Around 50 participants representing various agencies responsible for operation and maintenance of the seaport are being trained on various aspects of CBRN emergencies. Another 200 working level staff will be sensitized on the subject in a half-day program.

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