EU Module Exercise in Lower Austria

Großmittel, Austria, 11. June 2016

Picture by Johanniter-Unfall-Hilfe Germany

From 8 to 11 June the largest EU Module Exercise, until date, was realised within the framework of the Union Civil Protection Mechanism. The exercise was dedicated to medical and urban search rescue (USAR) modules and was organised on the grounds of “Tritolwerk” and “Jansabarracks” in Großmittel, Lower Austria.

An advanced medical post (AMP) team from the Czech Republic, two medium USAR modules from Bulgaria and Slovenia, a technical assistance and support team (TAST) from Finland and a Union Civil Protection expert team (UCPT) performed medical response and search and rescue missions in the earthquake affected fictitious country of “Modulistan”. Further participants were the Austrian armed forces disaster relief unit and the multinational module on damage assessment and countermeasures, with staff from Croatia, Italy and Slovenia. 

More than 500 responders including local actors, trainers and exercise staff contributed to the success of this exercise. The exercise ended which a communal social event. A video of the exercise can be found here

The module exercise was organised on behalf of the European Commission by a consortium composed of Johanniter-Unfall-Hilfe Germany, Ministry of the Interior Austria, Crisis Management Centre Finland, Danish Emergency Management Agency and the Italian Civil Protection Department.

Picture by Johanniter-Unfall-Hilfe Germany