Preparedness plays a crucial role in saving lives.
At the beginning of this year’s wildfire season, the EU continues supporting preparedness not only in EU Member States but also in our Eastern Neighbourhood.
This is why the EU supported a regional full-scale wildfire exercise in Georgia on 14-16 June 2023.
The simulation exercise focused on preparedness and response to wildfires and included simultaneous emergencies such as car accidents, missing people and chemical, biological, radiological, or nuclear threats.
The exercise brought together teams from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova, Ukraine, Italy and Sweden.
The exercise was co-financed by the European Commission in the framework of the regional civil protection cooperation programme “Prevention, Preparedness and Response to natural and man-made disasters in Eastern Partnership countries – phase 3” (PPRD East 3).
“Together with the Georgian Emergency Management Services, we designed the exercise to create challenging situations for the responders, so they can do assessments, make decisions, and react accordingly,” explained Kinga Perge, Exercise Director.
This programme is implemented by Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB) as the lead agency and programme coordinator, the Emergency Services Academy Finland, the Ministry of Interior of the Slovak Republic, the Centro Internazionale in Monitoraggio Ambientale (CIMA) and the Italian Red Cross (CRI).