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Supporting the capacity of Georgia’s MIA’s Emergency Management Agency in responding chemical, biological, radiological (CBRN) hazards

The Georgian system of response to chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) hazards is in the construction phase. The relevant legislative framework and civil and military structures are being developed and replenished with equipment.

For Georgia, CBRN hazards are a particularly important aspect of general safety in the country. Trails of illicit trafficking of radioactive materials run through the Caucasus, resulting in repeated interventions on the part of border and rescue services in their efforts to seize and protect against potentially hazardous substances. There are also several large chemical plants and a refinery in the country, while railway lines and pipelines run across the territory, transporting liquid fuels from Azerbaijan to Europe. A major problem that remains unresolved involves post-Soviet chemical landfill sites (e.g. with arsenic or pesticides) that should be neutralised. Overall, Georgia is a country with a relatively high risk of occurrence of a CBRN incident.

Supporting the capacity of Georgia’s MIA’s Emergency Management Agency in responding chemical, biological, radiological (CBRN) hazards

The project was implemented from 15 August to 31 December 2015 in the capital of Georgia, Tbilisi, in cooperation with the local partner, the non-governmental organisation Rural Development for Future Georgia.

The direct aim of the project was to improve the response capacity of specialised CBRN rescuer workers regarding chemical, biological and radio nuclear hazards. Equipment was purchased, and Georgian rescuer workers took part in specialist training.

As part of the project, the Embassy of Poland in Tbilisi bought four decontamination cabins, 10 specialist gas-tight suits, a pneumatic tent and two medical bags. Elements of the installations were then delivered to the Georgian Crisis Management Agency.

Supporting the capacity of Georgia’s MIA’s Emergency Management Agency in responding chemical, biological, radiological (CBRN) hazards

Implementation of the project significantly improved the operational capacities of the Georgian Crisis Management Agency as regards CBRN safety by providing its employees access to modern equipment and training.

Through the project, equipment was bought for the personnel of the department for CBRN safety of the Crisis Management Agency of Georgia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Agency had no such equipment before this. The selection of accessories to be purchased was made on the basis of the Agency’s declaration of needs.

About 30 rescuer workers from the department for CBRN safety will make use of the purchased equipment and training.