Counter Terrorism Workshop

by nagasusa

NAGAS INTERNATERNAL CONSORTIUM INC (NICI) IS PRESENTLY PREPARING TRAINING WORKSHOPS ON EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS, DISASTER PREVENTION, RESPONSE, SCENE SECURITY RECOVERY AND COUNTER TERRORISM FOR MEDIA PRACTITIONERS, CIVIL AND PUBLIC SERVANTS

For Nigerian in-country partners please address all inquiries to:
Nagas International Consortium, Inc.
PMB 5197, Wuse, Abuja
Email address: SLDavis53@aol.com
Website – http://www.NAGASUSA.org

Project Abstract
In Nigeria, the use of explosive devices and bombs in terrorist atrocities results in mass casualties and injuries. “First responder” capacity is seriously lacking in Nigeria. There is presently zero public awareness and preparedness for emergencies. Up to date security techniques and planning for securing the scenes of terrorist incidents are significantly lacking to meet current security threats and attacks. Treating blast injuries and responding to the needs of victims with special considerations often result in more casualties.

Consequently, First Responder capacity building training for adequate response to terrorist bombings should be provided to all to minimize the number of casualties from terrorist bombings. Emergency preparedness techniques, Disaster Prevention, Response and Recovery all come under the First Responder Training Program. NAGA International Consortium, Inc. is professionally suited to carry out capacity building training for emergency services and to supply modern techniques for scene security, treating injuries and responding to the needs of victims with special considerations.

Problem statement
The first responder is used as a general term for all emergency service personnel who are expected to respond to all emergency situations or large-scale disasters, such as the police force or fire service. The Term also applies to members of the public who are trained to respond in times of emergency to prevent disasters and minimize loss of lives in disaster situations.

Nigeriais gripped by terrorist bombings and attacks perpetrated by the Boko Haram Sect. Boko Haram is an extremist Islamic terrorist organization based in the northeast of Nigeria. It is a movement which strongly opposes the western secular system of government and wants to enforce Sharia law in Nigeria by taking innocent lives. This group has carried out numerous attacks in the Northern parts of the county that have led to the loss of hundreds of lives and material property damages. Examples of recent attacks include the following:

  • 29 April: 20 people died after attack on Bayero University Kano.
  • 26 April 2012: Thisday and Sun Newspaper bombing inAbujaandKadunacause several casualties.
  • 10 April: scores dead and injured on Ester Sunday suicide bombing inKaduna.
  • On 21 January 2011, bomb attacks targeting security forces and gun battles left at least 162 people dead inKano.
  • 25 Dec 2011: A Christmas Day Boko Haram bomb attack on Saint Theresa Catholic Church in Madalla town nearAbujakills 42 worshippers.
  • 4 Nov 2011: Around 150 are killed in coordinated Boko Haram bombing and shooting attacks on police facilities in Damaturu and Potiskum inYobeState.
  • 26 August 2011: Boko Haram claims responsibility for a suicide bomb blast on the UN compound inAbuja, killing 23 people
  • 16 June 2011: Boko Haram suicide bomber targets national police headquarters in Abuja


Since these large scale attacks have begun hardly a week passes without reports of buildings and installations being targeted in the public and private sector all over the nation especially in the Northern parts of the country including the FCT.

The scale and frequency of these attacks cause mass casualties which lack of awarfeness and counter terrorism training have presented many challenges to the Nigerian first responders.  Nigerian first responders such as the police and Energencty Medical Technicians (EMTs) currently lack the capacity to check the current wave of terrorist bombings across the country. A report by Nigeria Police Watch, a website that exposes police inefficiency, quoted top police chiefs as telling American embassy officials that their force lacked training, trained dogs, explosive detectors, bomb suits and other equipment necessary to confront the kind of security challenge the insurgent group, Boko Haram, has foisted on the nation. NICI is ready to meet these challenges with our programs.

Justification
Bombings and the use of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) by terrorists are on the rise in Nigeria. The Nigerian emergency services have dealt with casualties from bombings by Niger Delta militants in the past but nothing on such a vast scale. The scale and sophistication of the IEDs used by Boko Haram terrorists has caused far more casualties than anything that has come before. This has been further exacerbated by a lack of training, equipment, funding and personnel to respond to terrorist bombing incidents. This lack of capacity has resulted in massive loss of lives as a result of lack of First Responder Awareness among Nigerians. It is therefore imperative to build the capacity of the first responder on the scene of a terrorist bombing, on scene security; treating blast injuries; and responding to the needs of victims with special considerations (blind, pregnant, old, mute, language barrier, etc.). The NICI capacity building training will be a force multiplier for the first responder and will help save lives.

The main stakeholders of this project will be the Federal and State Governments, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corp (NSCDC), Federal Fire Service, Nigerian Police Force (NPF), and the Nigerian Armed forces.

This project is designed to update these stakeholders who often are the first responders on the scene of a terrorist bombing with the latest information regarding securing the scene of a terrorist bombings, blast related injuries from a terrorist bombings and dealing with victims with special considerations in the aftermath of a terrorist attacks.

Rationale
NAGAS International Consortium, Inc. are specialized trainers in counter-terrorism disaster planning, prevention, preparedness, response and recovery for public, private and civil society organizations. NAGAS International Consortium, Inc. is incorporated under the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, United States of America. We conduct training around the world in cooperation with our in-country partners. NAGAS International Consortium, Inc. will supply your training, materials and man-power needs in counter terrorism awareness, planning and disaster preparedness.

Objectives

  1. Improve counter terrorism awareness, planning and disaster preparedness.
  2. Sensitization on common principles of securing the scene of a bombing incident.
  3. Identification of hazards in the aftermath of a terrorist bombing.
  4. Update of latest clinical information regarding blast related injuries from bombings.
  5. Develop capability to identify and treat victims with special considerations.
  6. Develop the capability to identify the most and least vulnerable victims for proper allocation of recourses.
  7. Master basic first aid techniques.
  8. Improve inter-operability ,cooperation and coordination among first responders and other emergency services.

Methodology
To achieve the objective of the training, the participants will be issued questionnaires, subjected to lectures and drills, direct interactive sessions, simulation exercises, tests and evaluation.

Scope
The project will entail a two day or weekend training workshop for all participants.

Expected Outcomes

  1. Significantly reduce casualties from terrorist bombings in Nigeria by increasing the first responder awareness for all Nigerian citizens
  2. Improve the capacity of the first responder to respond quickly and adequately to terrorist incidents
  3. Foster cooperation between all emergency services in the country
  4. Training of Trainers
  5. Create awareness of current problems that create first responder reaction among Nigerian emergency services
  6. Resources and supplies for security surveillance and anti-terror safety paraphernalia.

Target Beneficiaries

The target beneficiaries of this workshop will be the Federal and State Governments ministries and Parastatals, Media Houses, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corp (NSCDC), Federal Fire Service, Nigerian Police Force (NPF), NYSC, Health providers and the Nigerian Armed forces, etc.

CONTACT NICI for training program costs and details at SLDavis53@aol.com

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