Saturday, December 23, 2017

Drills at airport to tackle chemical, nuke threats

Kolkata: In American drama television series 24, aired into homes on an English entertainment channel, counter terroristunit agent JackBauer is in relentless pursuit of terrorists armed with suitcase nuclear bombs. In one of the episodes, terrorists stormed the airport at Los Angeles before Bauer salvaged the situation.
This past week, security agencies in Kolkata have been training their men to perform as Bauer should there be a chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) emergency in Kolkata. Around 57 volunteers from Airports Authority of India (AAI), Central Industrial Security Force(CISF), airport fire department and various airlines attended theory classes and did practicals with real-life disaster scenarios to be prepared to combat any CBRN emergency.
The five-day training was organisedby theNational Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and conducted by experts from National Disaster Management Force (NDMF) and Institute of Nuclear Medicine & Allied Sciences (INMAS).
"Mock exercises were conducted on each of the four types of threats. The intent was to not only make everyone aware of the standard operating procedure (SOP) outlined for such exigencies but also identify possible gaps and revise the protocols if necessary todeal withthesituation effectively," said Kolkata airport deputy director Ashok Srivastava.
23/12/17 Subhro Niyogi/Times of India