The International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) organised training for over than 40 crew members from the Lebanese Civil Defense (LCD) in the Akkar district in northern Lebanon from 22 to 28 of April 2018, within the framework of the technical assistance project Enhanced Capability for Integrated Border Management in Lebanon (IBM Lebanon), funded by the European Union (EU).

The training focused on the use of rescue equipment donated by the Netherlands, and consisted of two parts. Instruction in safe operating procedures was given during the first part to local trainers who were coached and supported by IBM Lebanon experts; this was then cascaded to the crew members during the second part.

This training supports the strengthening of a borders response capability for LCD in the north of Lebanon, being able to tackle serious situations at the border crossing points (BCP) at Arida, Aboudieh, Boquai’a and Qa’a. More rescue and emergency response equipment will be supplied to LCD covering these BCPs and the one at Masna’a in the near future. This equipment will be funded by the EU.