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Emergency workers get terrorism response, mitigation training

Wednesday, July 31, 2013    

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THE Regional Security Office of the United States Embassy in Kingston hosted a five-day training programme to further equip Jamaica's first responders with best practices for responding to and mitigating terrorist incidents.

It is noteworthy that the skills, knowledge and institutional arrangements conveyed during this course allow for effective co-operation among various stakeholders in Jamaica and are applicable to other national and weather emergencies as well.

Held from July 8 to 12, the training was designed for up to 60 first-line critical infrastructure emergency response personnel and was funded by the US Department of State's Bureau of Diplomatic Security's Anti-Terrorism Assistance (ATA) programme.

Jamaican participants in this training included police officers, firefighters, emergency management technicians, Customs officials and specialised law-enforcement personnel.

Through the programme they were exposed to experiences and skill sets which will allow them to collaboratively respond to, mitigate, contain and conduct emergency and evacuation operations in a safe and effective manner; identify casualties and treat victims using appropriate first-aid/medical protocols; apply the techniques of evidence collection/preservation and to identify and perform initial crisis victim search and rescue techniques.

This training programme adheres to ATA's train-the-trainer guidelines and will enhance Jamaica's response capabilities which are applicable to a wide range of events including mass casualty scenarios.

Among the other participants were representatives from the ministries of national security; local government; and health; Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management; Port Security Corps; and the Airports Authority of Jamaica.

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