US Embassy assists Jamaica Fire Brigade
The US Embassy Kingston, through the Regional Security Office and the Office of Anti-Terrorism Assistance, held an official handover ceremony of a mobile trailer containing Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) emergency response equipment to the Jamaica Fire Brigade (JFB).
The equipment is valued at J$25 million and includes a mobile trailer, CBRN protective suits, stretchers, radiation detectors, first aid kits, respirator masks and a decontamination tent.
The handover, held at the Embassy, marks the culmination of a four-week (CBRN), multi-agency training course, that ended recently.
This training course is one of the most robust Chemical and Biological incident response courses offered by the US Department of State.
Twenty student participated including members from the Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency, Counter Terrorism and Organized Crime Branch and National Intelligence Bureau.
The three-week CBRN course was also extended to first responders of the Jamaica Constabulary Force, JFB and other entities.
A subsequent one-week refresher course provided a skills review to 15 former students trained in 2014.
The training culminated in a real-life exercise where US Embassy staff, including Ambassador Luis G. Moreno, participated in a one-of-a-kind chemical and biological response exercise.
Nearly 40 first responders, 12 'victims' and over 250 observers took part in a mock CBRN incident.
The exercise demonstrated the different stages of the decontamination process in the case of a CBRN incident.
"This training is another example of the enduring partnership between our two governments, as it concerns equipping our emergency crew and first responders in the security and safety of the Jamaican people," Ambassador Moreno said.