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EU-CHEM-REACT-2

Objectives of program

The overall objective is to carry out major emergency simulation exercise, in the context of the European Union Civil Protection Mechanism, making it possible to respond to a man-made disaster and fight the consequences of it. Exercises will be organized as a combination of Table Top Exercises on early stage of the project and full scale exercise, as a main event. The purposes of the project is to:

- verify current status of the neighbouring European Union countries preparedness for chemical and chemical related incidents of a CBRN nature and magnitude,
- verify interoperability of EU - the neighbouring European Union countries operations on a procedural level,
- verify ERCC mechanism pertaining to actions originating in the neighbouring European Union countries
- verify EUCP capacity to participate and add value to a emergency response action to trans-boundary incident originating in the neighbouring European Union countries ;
- the neighbouring European Union countries shall test effectiveness of CECIS in CBRN disaster response verify/ amend ERC transport and logistics procedures in EU neighbourhood country
- identify any areas requiring improvement, taking into consideration rapidly changing societal situation in the EU and Eastern Neighbourhood.
- create, within the EU Civil Protection Mechanism and neighbouring countries, a common basis of understanding concerning the tasks, procedures and co-operation during international civil protection assistance interventions,
- test procedures for receiving international assistance, establishing a RDC and OSCOCC (established by EUCPT) as tools for good coordination of them (i.e. existing procedures within EU Civil Protection Mechanism),
- check compatibility of different rescue and communication equipment (during the common work of international rescue teams),
- build up a capacity to work in a multinational environment, with competent national authorities and under extreme conditions,
- prepare PS for probable extraordinary situations, when quick international assistance will be necessary,
- checking different options of activation of EU Civil Protection Mechanism (egg. third country where main emergency occurs or participating state threatened by expected situation development (toxic cloud moving towards country border)),
- pre-alerting of EU Civil Protection Mechanism modules in case of possible risk of escalating emergency, relocation of emergency assets to shorten response time,
- checking of existing procedures and common practices regarding to emergency evacuation of EU citizens located in third country directly threatened by significant risk of potential terrorist attack.
- test existing procedures and international law regarding emergency response in case of terrorist attack on public objects during huge public events,
- verify in practice the agreements which are already in place, in case of CBRN accident during huge international public event involving huge number of victims and need for interdisciplinary cooperation (different services) as well as activation of Mechanism to support one of MS,
- check international intervention teams’ capabilities when they are working together in common staff to deal with a crisis and also cooperation in the field to deal with single threat.

EXPECTED RESULTS:
- project is a good opportunity for several actors taking part in EU Civil Protection Mechanism to verify and improve (if necessary) their operational procedures in case of CBRN incidents.
- the neighbouring European Union countries will be better prepared for increasing threat of terrorist act;
- The practical exercises rehearsing common response to a situation as in the scenario are good chance to:
  • test all existing procedures in case of emergency situations, especially in case of CBRN accidents,
  • develop standard operation procedures in the areas identified during table top and full scale exercises as requiring special attention
  • elaborate baseline solutions connected to such incident that might happen during the events related to man-made disasters,
  • verification of existing country to country agreements) and testing its practical implementation in case of major emergencies,
  • practice the process and its procedures of evaluation of full scale field exercises organised in the framework of EU Civil Protection Mechanism,
- share knowledge about EU Civil Protection Mechanism among the neighbouring European Union countries especially through dissemination of minimum required standards and procedures in the framework of civil protection valid for EU Participating States.
- Development, promotion and professional prowess of voluntary fire services in the the neighbouring European Union countries and their preparedness to support to meeting the CBRN related disasters;
- Development of training materials for preparation and conduct of TTX and FeX for the the neighbouring European Union countries, to be used in the Universities and professional education places.
Co-funded by European Union Civil Protection