Drills under NATO ‘umbrella’ in Targu Mures, accident with thousands of victims simulated

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An exercise under the NATO auspices will take place the first time in Romania, starting Monday until Wednesday in Targu Mures, an accident is to be simulated resulting in thousands of casualties, collapsed buildings, contaminated areas or buildings in flames, the General Inspectorate for Emergency Situations (IGSU) informs.

The exercise is organized by the Euro Atlantic Disaster Response Coordination Centre (EADRCC) of NATO and Romania and will involve computer simulation of a large scale emergency situation, resulting in lots of victims and the evacuation of thousands of people, the IGSU release reads.

The drills will take place July 4-7 in the National Training and Simulation Centre in Targu Mures, among the participants are representatives from the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Department for Emergency Situations, IGSU, ISU Mures, the Ministry of Defence and the SMURD unit from the Mures County Hospital, the source informs.

They will be simulated missions of search and rescue, triage, decontamination.

Officials in charge with organizing this exercise said it aims at demanding the national and civil intervention to test the mechanisms for cooperation between civilian and military and international assistance in disasters at maximum capacity.

The procedures of the scenario will be implemented also by international teams present at Targu Mures from Armenia, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia Herzegovina, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Germany, Israel, Norway, Serbia, Sweden, USA, Switzerland, Turkey and Ukraine.

The drills will also be attended by representatives of NATO International Secretariat, of the NATO Centre of Excellence for military medicine (MILMED COE), of the NATO Centre of Excellence for Crisis Management and Disaster Response and NATO civilian experts.

Dr. Raed Arafat, head of the Department for Emergency Situations with the Ministry of Interior, announced on June 25 that during the period July 4 to 7, as world premiere, in Targu Mures will take place a civil emergency exercise of virtual simulation under NATO auspices.


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