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Civil protection exercises

06 December 2021

The civil protection exercises programme enhances prevention, preparedness and disaster response.

What is it? 

The exercises programme of the Knowledge Network offers civil protection exercises that enhance prevention, preparedness and disaster response.

It does this by: 

  • ensuring compatibility and complementarity between the intervention teams deployed through Union Civil Protection Mechanism (UCPM) missions and other intervention support,
  • improving the competences of the experts involved in the European civil protection system.

Who can participate? 

The exercises are open to countries inside and outside Europe willing to host an exercise and to Modules, Other Response Capacities, Technical Assistance Support Teams (TAST) registered in the Common Emergency Communication and Information System (CECIS) and European Civil Protection Team (EUCPT) experts.

 

Modules field and table top exercises

To better prepare UCPM experts and capacities for international deployments and improve compatibility and interoperability between intervention teams.

Modules field and table top exercises (EU MODEX)

EU MODEX exercises test coordination, interoperability, self-sufficiency, standard operating procedures, safety and security, reporting and communication as well as specific learning objectives of Modules, Other Response Capacities, TAST and EUCPT experts.

EU MODEX is used for the certification of Modules and Other Response Capacities for the European Civil Protection Pool. It also has the capacity to support the INSARAG International re-classification of Urban Search and Rescue teams and a WHO certification for Emergency Medical Teams.

There are two types of EU MODEX exercises:

Module table-top exercises
On the basis of an exercise scenario, the discussion-based exercises focus on strategic decision-making and managerial preparation for an international deployment (coordination, procedures, reporting and communication arrangements). The management of Modules, Other Response Capacities and TAST, as well as a EUCPT, participate in table-top exercises.
Module field exercises
Field exercises are participant-driven and focus on operational aspects of the minimum requirements during the phases of international deployment: mobilisation/arrival; operations; and demobilisation. The full Module, Other Response Capacities, TAST and the EUCPT participate in field exercises.

The exercise scenarios can be based on floods, forest fires, chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN),earthquakes and medical emergencies.

  

Full-scale exercises

To improve civil protection preparedness and response to all kinds of disasters inside or outside the Member States of the UCPM.

Full-scale exercises improve civil protection preparedness and response to all kinds of disasters inside or outside the Member States of the UCPM by providing a test environment and a learning opportunity for all actors involved in civil protection assistance interventions.

A full-scale exercise combines:

Table-top exercises (TTX)
The discussion-based exercise simulates an emergency and generates discussions around it. It is designed to put crisis response managers and practitioners in a situation where they must use existing plans and procedures and make decisions accordingly. Participants are presented with a situation or problem that they are required to discuss to formulate an appropriate response or solution. This type of exercise is used to practice problem solving and coordinating services with or without time pressures. There is no deployment or actual use of equipment or resources.
Command post exercises (CPX)
CPX is a functional exercise in which the field response and deployment is simulated, involving the headquarters and/or coordination centres that normally intervene in an emergency. All plans, procedures, communication and activities that would be performed during a real response are conducted with the exception of the field activities.
Full-scale exercises (FSX)
The most complex and resource-intensive operation-based exercise. They involve multiple agencies, organisations and jurisdictions and validate many facets of preparedness. Full-scale exercises often include many international players operating under the host nation command system. In a full-scale exercise, events are projected through an exercise scenario with event updates that drive activity at every level of the civil protection system. The exercise incorporates political, strategic, operational and/or tactical aspects and includes the local, regional, national, European and international response. Full-scale exercises are conducted in a real-time, stressful environment that is intended to mirror a real major emergency. Many activities occur simultaneously therefore the preparatory actions and planning needed to conduct a full-scale exercise are greater than for other types of exercises.

  

Other exercises

To focus on deployment of UCPM experts and capacities outside the EU and their integration into the overall relief response of third countries.

Other exercise focus on the deployment of UCPM experts and capacities outside the EU and their integration into the overall relief response of third countries.

Plug-in exercises
Create the true nature of a real deployment outside the EU in a different emergency environment in terms of structure, systems, culture and weather conditions. They provide an opportunity to join, plug in to, planned large-scale exercises involving a multi-organisation response by providing a EUCPT, Modules and/or other Response Capacities. They aim to enhance the UCPM response assistance, to test, improve or establish standard operational procedures and agreements necessary to integrate the UCPM response into the overall disaster response of the affected country.
Host nation support table-top exercises
Focus on challenges encountered by a country affected by a disaster in receiving, integrating and coordinating the international assistance in its response operations.

Want to host an exercise?

Find information on funding & tender opportunities

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How can I register?

To take part in exercises, experts must be nominated by their National Training Coordinators. Modules, Other Response Capacities and TAST must apply through their National Focal Points.

National civil protection authorities willing to host a full-scale exercise must consult the funding and tender opportunities on the European Commission Participants Portal. (Funding & tenders (europa.eu).

 

Why take part?

Thanks to the UCPM exercises programme, all actors involved in civil protection assistance interventions (Modules, Other Response Capacities, experts) and disaster management stakeholders are better prepared to respond to disasters inside and outside the European Union, collectively and in an efficient and effective manner.

To take part in exercises, experts must be nominated by their National Training Coordinators. Modules, Other Response Capacities and TAST must apply through their National Focal Points.

 

More information

Civil Protection Exercises Factsheet

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Training brochure

English (870.05 KB - PDF)
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