Thursday, November 5, 2015

Stronger EU response for medical emergencies

From 9 to 12 October 2015, civil protection teams from several EU countries took part in a joint operation which aimed to reinforce the capability of Europe to respond to medical emergencies.

Estonia, France, Spain and Romania sent in medical experts and equipment to participate in an exercise simulating an earthquake. The objective of this exercise was to put to the test the ability of European civil protection teams to cope with the sudden need for medical assistance in the event of a disaster.
Exercises like this one which took place in Arcevia, Italy, are crucial to foster coordination and collaboration in this field among European countries. 'ModEX Arcevia' was the first ever exercise funded by the European Commission as part of the ongoing training and exercise activities within the EU Civil Protection Mechanism to focus on medical response. Overall nine field and five table top exercises are planned in the current activities cycle.
These activities contribute to the establishment of European Medical Corps, as part of the European Emergency Response Capacity, which in the future could be deployed immediately in case of an emergency.

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