The first International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Weapon Contamination (WeC) training in Kampong Chhnang, Cambodia was held at the Golden West Applied Technologies Training Centre (ATTC) from 16 to 20 November.
The successful training saw 19 participants from the ICRC, many in senior management positions in current and post-conflict affected countries, receive an insight into the nature of conventional explosive weapons, and the complexity in working in environments that are affected by explosive remnants of war and / or landmines.
The training objectives were to provide ICRC staff with tools and methodologies allowing for the organisation to provide an integrated response to the humanitarian needs issuing from contamination by conventional weapons, as well as for how to continue implementing safely its humanitarian mandate in a contaminated environment.
It is indeed necessary for ICRC delegates to have an understanding of the different hazards that are impacting on both their work and the wellbeing of the civilian population, and also options for responsive action to allow them to conduct their operations safely.
Golden West provided technical support during the interactive and engaging week, with technical presentations and explosive demonstrations, as well as introductions to options for first response operational activities.
The attendees benefitted from being able to see the variety of Free From Explosive materials held at the ATTC, utilizing the broad technical, operational and management experiences of the Golden West staff, while being able to have full use of the facilities for their practical sessions.
The Cambodian Mine Action Centre (CMAC), who is partnered with Golden West, also gave an important overview on the Humanitarian Mine Action work that is currently being conducted in country. The Cambodian Red Cross Society also contributed by sharing its experience in delivering WeC related activities for several decades.