EXERCISE IN ESTONIA
EXERCISE 3

LOCATION:

Saaremaa

PARTICIPANTS Teams participated at the exercise:

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May 19-22, 2016  ESTONIA text stretch vertically
Sweden
Romania
Latvia
PROJECT ACTIONS 4-6 April  2016 Preparatory meeting in Estonia Planning group meeting on site of exercise for: presentation by the contractor of the implementation process of the exercise (including security and safety standards); finalisation of the rules of coordination, rules of communication, plan of actions and of the participants’ role; finalisation of the schedule and injects of the exercise.

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LOT 2015-2016 - ESTONIA EXERCISE

MORE INFO about 3rd MODEX Exercise organised in Estonia,
Saaremaa, 19 - 22 May 2016
The exercise was based on a national flood scenario,
aiming realistic vulnerabilities and extraordinary events that
occurred and are recurring on the Saaremaa Island every 5
to 20 years.
According to the tender’s documentation, the aim of the
exercise was to provide European Civil Protection modules
with a realistic and suitable scenario and adequate
locations that offer, in an optimal way, exercising and
training possibilities for the participating teams in an EU
context, including exercising different rescue and flood response techniques.
The exercise consisted of 4-days field activities and focused mainly on operational
cooperation of all involved partners within the framework of the Union Civil Protection
Mechanism after a large scale flooding.
In this exercise two High Capacity Pumping modules from Sweden and Romania
together with a Flood Containment module from Sweden and a TAST team from Latvia
have participated. The exercise is organized by the CN APELL and ERB (Estonian
Rescue Board) in compliance with the service contract
LOT2/N°ECHO/B1/SER/2014/06 signed with the European Commission.
For the exercise SaareMODEX 2016 the organizers have selected a total of 14
events on the City of Kuressaare and its surroundings. The exercise started
immediately after the teams’ arrival on the island, by ferry, when they were tasked by
the Estonian Rescue Board Region West to support two villages affected by floods.
During the next days the Swedish and Romanian High Capacity Pumping had to
participate in different pumping missions in support of local authorities alone or
together, which forced them to test their technical capabilities, the interoperability and
working procedures.
The Swedish Flood Containment had the mission to protect the touristic area of
the Kuresaare by building a flood barrier in front of the resort area and consider doing
the same thing with the municipal hospital. The water surrounding the flooded
Kuresaare Castle was pumped by the common work of the two international high
capacity pumping and the Estonian part of the BaltFloodCombat module. All the
modules were also involved in supporting an Unexploded Ordinance Device from the
Second World War who threatened the safety and security of three villages. All the
modules were camped in a common Base of Operation situated in the city center
Park.
The activities of the modules were coordinated by the Union Civil Protection Team
of 6 experts coming from European countries supported by a Tactical Assistance and
Support Team from Latvia. The UCPT was getting in contact with the disaster situation
from the country by meeting the leadership of the Estonian Rescue Board in Tallinn
and continuing the work with local authorities from Saaremaa Island. The EUCPT was
providing the interface between the local authority’s needs and modules’ capacities.
Special assessments were carried out by the specialist of the team on the Airport of
Kuresaare and Roomassaare Harbour.
In the exercise participated one UCPT and 4 modules with 70 people, the exercise
staff and management with 20 people, while the local authorities provided 145 persons
as site mangers, safety and security officers and role players. Four observers from
Ireland, Romania and Slovakia attended the exercise.
During the exercise, the HCP and FC from Sweden were the subject of the
certification process of the EU COM in order to be included in the European Civil
Protection Pool.
The representative of EU COM, Mr. Gerard Guerin appreciated the exercise as
being a very good and useful one and highlighted the necessity for continuity of such
kind of training activities. “This exercises are not about pumping water or building flood
barriers! These activities can be carried out by the teams back home. These exercises
are about interoperability, coordination and common work of European modules, as
one team, in an international environment, providing support to an affected country by
floods” he stated.

APELL-EUROMODEX LOT 2015 - 2016 - EXERCISES

EUROPEAN CIVIL PROTECTION AND HUMANITARIAN AID OPERATIONS

EXERCISE 3

ESTONIA

May 19-22, 2016

LOCATION: SAAREMAA

PARTICIPANTS Teams participated at the exercise:
Project actions 4-6 April  2016 Preparatory meeting in Estonia Planning group meeting on site of exercise for: presentation by the contractor of the implementation process of the exercise (including security and safety standards); finalisation of the rules of coordination, rules of communication, plan of actions and of the participants’ role; finalisation of the schedule and injects of the exercise.

MAP

text stretch vertically
Sweden
Romania
Latvia

MEDIA

GALLERIES

The exercise was based on a national flood scenario, aiming realistic vulnerabilities and extraordinary events that occurred and are recurring on
the Saaremaa Island every 5 to 20 years.
According to the tender’s documentation, the aim of the exercise was to provide European Civil Protection modules with a realistic and suitable
scenario and adequate locations that offer, in an optimal way, exercising and training possibilities for the participating teams in an EU context,
including exercising different rescue and flood response techniques.
The exercise consisted of 4-days field activities and focused mainly on operational cooperation of all involved partners within the framework of
the Union Civil Protection Mechanism after a large scale flooding.
In this exercise two High Capacity Pumping modules from Sweden and Romania together with a Flood Containment module from Sweden and a
TAST team from Latvia have participated. The exercise is organized by the CN APELL and ERB (Estonian Rescue Board) in compliance with the
service contract LOT2/N°ECHO/B1/SER/2014/06 signed with the European Commission.
For the exercise SaareMODEX 2016 the organizers have selected a total of 14 events on the City of Kuressaare and its surroundings. The
exercise started immediately after the teams’ arrival on the island, by ferry, when they were tasked by the Estonian Rescue Board Region West to
support two villages affected by floods. During the next days the Swedish and Romanian High Capacity Pumping had to participate in different
pumping missions in support of local authorities alone or together, which forced them to test their technical capabilities, the interoperability and
working procedures.
The Swedish Flood Containment had the mission to protect the touristic area of the Kuresaare by building a flood barrier in front of the resort area and consider doing the same thing with
the municipal hospital. The water surrounding the flooded Kuresaare Castle was pumped by the common work of the two international high capacity pumping and the Estonian part of the
BaltFloodCombat module. All the modules were also involved in supporting an Unexploded Ordinance Device from the Second World War who threatened the safety and security of three
villages. All the modules were camped in a common Base of Operation situated in the city center Park.
The activities of the modules were coordinated by the Union Civil Protection Team of 6 experts coming from European countries supported by a Tactical Assistance and Support Team from
Latvia. The UCPT was getting in contact with the disaster situation from the country by meeting the leadership of the Estonian Rescue Board in Tallinn and continuing the work with local
authorities from Saaremaa Island. The EUCPT was providing the interface between the local authority’s needs and modules’ capacities. Special assessments were carried out by the
specialist of the team on the Airport of Kuresaare and Roomassaare Harbour.
In the exercise participated one UCPT and 4 modules with 70 people, the exercise staff and management with 20 people, while the local authorities provided 145 persons as site mangers,
safety and security officers and role players. Four observers from Ireland, Romania and Slovakia attended the exercise.
During the exercise, the HCP and FC from Sweden were the subject of the certification process of the EU COM in order to be included in the European Civil Protection Pool.
The representative of EU COM, Mr. Gerard Guerin appreciated the exercise as being a very good and useful one and highlighted the necessity for continuity of such kind of training
activities. “This exercises are not about pumping water or building flood barriers! These activities can be carried out by the teams back home. These exercises are about interoperability,
coordination and common work of European modules, as one team, in an international environment, providing support to an affected country by floods” he stated.
MORE INFO about 3rd MODEX Exercise organised in Estonia, Saaremaa, 19 - 22 May 2016

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