The IPA FLOODS Consortium is proud to announce that IPA FLOODS – CRO 2016, the Programme regional field exercise, is going to take place in Zagreb from 17 to 21 October 2016. The event, organised under the auspices of the National Protection and Rescue Directorate (NPRD) of Croatia, is aimed at testing the functionality and interoperability of the multinational Civil Protection Modules (CPMs) of the type Floods Rescue Using Boats (FRB) established under IPA FLOODS.
IPA FLOODS – CRO 2016 will involve around three hundred people: the national teams from Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo*, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey composing the multinational CPMs of the type FRB, will work closely with a TAST (Technical Assistance Support Team) from Italy and of a FRB Module coming from Czech Republic. Experts trained within the framework of the Union Civil Protection Mechanism (UCPM) will compose the European Civil Protection Team (EUCPT) that will help the Croatian authorities in the reception and coordination of international assistance; the Emergency Response and Coordination Centre (ERCC) will take part of the play and serve as permanent contact point for the EUCPT, NPRD, as well as for the Headquarters of the participating beneficiaries in the multinational modules.
High level experts coming from Civil Protection Authorities of Austria, Croatia, Italy, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Kosovo*, Netherlands, Slovenia and Sweden have been accurately selected by IPA FLOODS Consortium to compose the ad hoc evaluation team that will assess the event and provide with feed-backs and recommendations after the exercise.
In addition Director Generals from the beneficiaries Civil Protection Authorities, high level Consortium members, as well as representatives from DG ECHO, Participating States to the UCPM, Embassies based in Zagreb, including the EC Representation in Croatia, and from regional initiatives as DPPI SEE are welcome take part as observers in the highlight of the event through the Observers Programme.
Finally voluntary firefighters, mountain rescue service, Red Cross, scuba-diving clubs, etc. are the around 60 role-players involved to support the realistic implementation of the different scenarios while representatives from Croatian Non-Governmental Organisations will cooperate in order to ensure that safety and security rules are respected during the exercise.
IPA FLOODS – CRO 2016 will start on 17 October with a Table Top Exercise (TTX) with command post features (CPX) aimed at practising the procedures regarding the request, offer and acceptance of international disaster assistance. On 18 the attention will move to selected areas of Zagreb County were participants will start the exercise itself. Set up to look as realistic as possible, the exercise scenario will simulate a major disaster involving severe floods, whose intensity, dimension and impact will force to trigger a request for international assistance through the Union Civil Protection Mechanism. On this occasion IPA FLOODS beneficiaries will also have the opportunity to use the water rescue equipment and boats donated by the Programme last June. Indeed this field exercise comes after almost two years of regular activities among the beneficiaries, whose civil protection staff has been engaged in workshops and trainings with the purpose of improving the coordination capacity of the national teams, their knowledge of border-crossing procedures and the function of the UCPM in the context of an international deployment.