Paul Boye supporting CBRN preparedness in Africa
Since September 2015 Paul Boyé Technologies has been managing the contract “Provision of specialized CBRN equipment for training first responders” in the scope of CoE project 50 to enhance CBRN preparedness and response capabilities of different countries of the African Atlantic Façade and Eastern and Central Africa (Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Kenya, Mauritania, Morocco, Senegal and Uganda) with the support of the European Commission (DG DEVCO), EU Delegation and the National Focal Points based in each country.
The first part of this project (2016) was dedicated to the delivery of CBRN equipment to each country including individual protective equipment, chemical, biological and radiological detectors, sampling and decontamination equipment together with consumables and spare parts to cover CBRN missions over 3 years. The second part of the project (2016 and 2017) included national training sessions held in each partner country.
The main objective was to train the users coming from different authorities (civil protection, firefighters, police, customs, special forces, emergency medical services) on how to operate the equipment and perform its maintenance. The training included both theoretical
and practical sessions, featured demonstrations of the equipment as well as outdoors exercises and simulations. The last part of the project will be the maintenance and calibration of the equipment, to allow continuous operational capability.
Following this first contract, Paul Boyé Technologies has been awarded a new contract by the European Commission for the Provision of specialized CBRN equipment for the training of personnel in charge of border control in North Africa and Sahel (Algeria, Burkina Faso, Mali,
Mauritania, Morocco, Niger and Tunisia). With this contract, 13 African countries will have been equipped and trained with CBRN equipment provided by Paul Boyé Technologies.