From 26 March to 1 April 2017, Deggendorf (Southern Germany) will host the operational training for the 60 designated members of the national teams High Capacity Pumping (“HCP”) and Flood Containment (“FC”) composing the multinational Civil Protection Modules from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Serbia.

Following the three working group meetings on Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and the Team Management Course organized last year, it’s now time for the teams to deal with the HCP and FC equipment comparable to the materials which is being procured through IPA FLOODS and will be handed-over to all beneficiaries in the next months. To this purpose while key theoretical sessions will be used to illustrate concepts, tactical considerations and safety aspects, the majority of time will be spent working in stations equipped with the HCP and FC equipment and materials made available by the German Federal Agency for Technical Relief (THW) and the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB). A pool of trainers from THW and MSB – the Consortium partners in charge of implementing this action – jointly with experts from the Administration for Civil Protection and Disaster Relief of Slovenia (URSZR) and the Italian Civil Protection Department (DPC) will support the implementation of the event.

In late April 2017 IPA FLOODS will repeat the operational training for the national teams HCP and FC composing the respective multinational Civil Protection Modules including Albania, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Kosovo* and Turkey.

In the following months, after the actual delivery of the HCP and FC materials to the end-users, Consortium experts will arrange country-specific visits to provide tailored technical assistance on the new equipment. The ultimate objective is having these national and multinational HCP and FC teams ready to test their capacities during the Regional Field Exercise foreseen under IPA FLOODS Lot 2 at end 2017.

 

*This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244/1999 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo Declaration of Independence