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US Embassy hosts terrorist response training for Jamaica’s first responders

Tuesday, July 30, 2013 | 5:53 PM    

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Regional Security Office of the US 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.

Held 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, who 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.”

The skills, knowledge and institutional arrangements conveyed during this course allow for effective cooperation among various stakeholders in Jamaica and are applicable to other national and weather emergencies as well, the Embassy said.  

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