Friday, 21 October 2016

Regional training on Physical Security and Stockpile Management (PSSM) Competence Building Seminar in Nairobi, Kenya

From 17 to 21 October 2016, BICC, in partnership with the Regional Centre on Small Arms (RECSA), the Multinational Small Arms and Ammunition Group (MSAG) and the International Peace Support Training Centre (IPSTC) in Nairobi, has conducted a regional training on physical security and stockpile management (PSSM) of weapons, ammunition and explosives.

This training, conducted on a biannual basis since 2013, was attended by 28 participants derived from police and military representatives of six different African countries: Burundi, Kenya, Uganda, Ruanda, Seychelles and Tanzania.

The aim of the course was to gradually train participants to enable them to conduct PSSM training activities by themselves.  The curriculum design was based on the International Small Arms Control Standards (ISACS) and International Ammunition Technical Guidelines (IATG) and has been developed by MSAG. The lectures included Risk Management, Ammunition Basics and Ammunition Marking, Storage, External and Internal Physical Security of Storage Sites or Stockpile Elimination. Besides the classroom based theoretical modules, two practical exercises outside the classroom have been conducted.

Within the course, the candidates were separated into different levels based upon their PSSM skills and knowledge into course participants, PSSM Instructor Candidates and Senior Instructor Candidates. After participation in the basic PSSM Competence Building Seminar the most successful candidates were selected to participate in the next training session.