NATO pilot exercise to run at Targu Mures

In a world first, NATO’s Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response Coordination Centre (EADRCC) and Romania organise at Targu Mures Monday through Thursday, with the support of NATO’s Joint Health Agriculture and Food Group (JHAFG) and the Civil Protection Group (CPG), a large-scale exercise that will simulate an emergency situation with multiple casualties requiring the evacuation of a large number of persons.

Captain Catalin Chirca from the General Inspectorate for Emergency Situations (IGSU) told Agerpres that the exercise will start Monday afternoon with the virtual simulation of all decision levels following an explosion, with the participants in the intervention taking virtual action.

“The exercise has several parts, the first begins today [on Monday]. This exercise is new to everyone because the forces don’t take action in the field, the focus is the command part, which is played on simulators. Several special utility vehicles were dispatched at the site of the exercise, in the area of the Targu Mures County Emergency Hospital, specifically mobile command posts equipped with communication technique to keep the players in permanent connection. All decision-making levels are practically simulated – local, county and national – each decision-making team stays in a command post in a separate area, and they will stay in touch only through communication channels. It’s a special exercise, there won’t be sirens sounding in Targu Mures, everything will happen on the computer. So, just like in a real situation, the participants won’t see each other, they will only be in contact via the specific communication channels,” said Captain Chirca.

According to the IGSU representative, none of the scenario’s details will be disclosed to the players, for the response capacity to be precisely assessed; they will only know that this is about an intervention at the site of an explosion involving also hazardous substances. Participating in the intervention will be fire crews, urban search and rescue teams and medical crews.

Participating on Romania’s behalf in the NATO international exercise “Digital Exercise and Seminar on Civil Military Cooperation in Health Disaster Response” in Targu Mures are the General Inspectorate for Emergency Situations, representatives of the Interior Ministry’s Department for Emergency Situations, the Mures County Inspectorate for Emergency Situations, other operative structures.

The partners in the exercise are the Emergency Reception Unit / the Mobile Emergency Resuscitation and Extrication Service of the Mures County Emergency Hospital and the Ministry of Defence. The exercise will take place at the Targu Mures National Training and Simulation Centre and is aimed at maximizing the civil intervention capacity at national level and at testing the civil-military cooperation and international disaster assistance mechanisms.

Also participating in the exercise will be the international teams that will set into practice the specific procedures for the management of emergency situations provided for in the scenario.

Teams from seventeen countries will attend the pilot event in Targu Mures: Armenia, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Germany, Israel, Norway, Serbia, Sweden, USA, Switzerland, Turkey and Ukraine. Also present will be representatives of the NATO International Secretariat, NATO’s Centre of Excellence for Military Medicine (MILMED COE), NATO’s Centre of Excellence for Crisis Management and Disaster Response (CMDR COE), and NATO civilian experts.

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