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Final exercise within the project “EU 4 Better Civil Protection” – EU CZ BiH Banja Luka 2021 (11.10-15.10.2021.)

The Civil Protection Directorate Ministry of the Interior Republic of Croatia and the Association for Risk Management AZUR (hereinafter: the Consortium) are implementing the project “EU 4 Better Civil Protection – capacity building and preparation of Bosnia and Herzegovina for the Union Civil Protection Mechanism” (hereinafter : Project). This project’s general goal is to reduce vulnerability to natural and other disasters at all levels of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The project is divided into five work packages. Through work package 2 entitled “Training for intervention and rescue units ”, it is planned to implement training for search and rescue from ruins, water rescue training, training for camp management, training of trainers and field exercise. The field exercise is organized by the Consortium as the main activity of work package 2, and the exercise will be attended by participants of practical trainings conducted within work package 2. The field exercise will be held in the wider area of Banja Luka from 11. to 15. October 2021. In addition to the field part of the exercise, the communication process between the operational centers of all participants in the exercise will be checked.

The scenario of the EU Civil Protection Field Exercise CZ BiH – BANJA LUKA 2021 is based on real vulnerabilities in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the region that have occurred or could occur and in this segment the field exercise will show the status of operational preparedness for an effective response.

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The Union Civil Protection Mechanism provides a legal and operational framework for European cooperation in civil protection assistance inside and outside the European Union and will be activated in an exercise scenario to simulate activities seeking and accepting international assistance through the Emergency Response Coordination Center – ERCC. The exercise will provide a training platform for all involved participants in the field of civil protection and will result in strengthening the understanding of how to conduct an international civil protection operation. The exercise will improve operational cooperation as well as technical skills among all participants. Furthermore, knowledge of the tools and capacities of the Union Civil Protection Mechanism will be increased.

EXERCISE PLANNING

In order to ensure timely and efficient planning of the exercise, three planning conferences were held within the work package 2:

Initial planning conference – IPC, 05.11.2020. (Sarajevo)
Main Planning Conference – MPC, 29.06.2021. (Banja Luka)
Final Planning Conference – FPC, September 7, 2021 (Banja Luka)

Representatives of the Consortium and all partners from Bosnia and Herzegovina participated in the planning conferences, through the formed team for planning the exercise. During the conferences, a tour of the exercise locations was organized in the wider area of Banja Luka and arrangements were made for the preparation of the exercise study with all necessary elements of the exercise (detailed scenario, exercise objectives, exercise participants, site preparation, exercise dynamics, logistics and security plan, observer program and exercise analysis).

TOPIC AND OBJECTIVES OF THE EXERCISE

The main topic of the exercise is the operation of the protection and rescue system in case of floods and landslides in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the activation of the Union Civil Protection Mechanism.

The main goals of the exercise are:

a) Coordination of activities between all participants in the protection and rescue system in Bosnia and Herzegovina in response to disasters

b) Checking the competence of civil protection teams for search and rescue from ruins, water rescue teams and camp management teams from all participants in the protection and rescue system of Bosnia and Herzegovina who have completed the training through work package 2.

c) Checking the competence of members of the Host Nation Support team who have completed the training through work package 1.

d) Establishment and management of an operation base for the accommodation of civil protection teams

e) Establishment and management of a camp to accommodate evacuees

f) Communication coordination of operational centers of all participants in the protection and rescue system in Bosnia and Herzegovina

g) Verification of procedures for operational action of civil protection teams in the field in case of floods and landslides and coordination of activities with the competent civil protection headquarters

h) Coordination of activities through the UCPM (EUCPT and ERCC), seeking and accepting international assistance

i) Implementation of lessons learned in the applicable regulations that define the system of protection and rescue of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

EXERCISE PARTICIPANTS

The exercise will be attended by all entities of the protection and rescue system of Bosnia and Herzegovina in response to the disaster, or their members who have been trained under the work package 2 of the Project as follows:

Ministry of Security of BiH:

Operational-Communication Center of BiH – 112
Host Nation Support Team

Federal Civil Protection Administration:

Operations Center
USAR module
Water rescue module
Camp management module.

Civil Protection Administration of the Republic of Srpska

Operations Center
USAR module
Water rescue module
Camp management module.

Department for Public Safety Brcko District

Operations Center
USAR module
Water rescue module
Camp management module.

The operational forces of the leading partner in the Consortium will also participate in the exercise based on the contract of the Directorate of Civil Protection – Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Croatia:

Civil Protection Operations Center
Combined module (search and rescue from ruins; search and rescue in floods).

EXERCISE LOCATIONS

All exercise locations are located in the wider area of the city of Banja Luka.

Base of Operation and Reception and Departure Center (RDC): Zalužani
Camp for taking care of people: Zalužani
Water Rescue – floods (river Vrbas – Trapist and lake Zalužani)
Search and rescue – landslides (Incel and Quarry factory – reserve location)
Preparations for conducting such a complex and significant exercise are carried out at the highest level.

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