Participation of SEEBRIG personnel in “SRBIJA 2018” Ex, 8 – 11 Oct 18, Serbia
The consequence management field exercise “SRBIJA 2018” was conducted from 8th to 11th October 2018, in Mladenovac and Arandjelovac, Serbia. The overall aim of the exercise was to enhance interoperability, exercise cooperation and contribute to enhancing national capabilities of NATO Allies and partners
The exercise was jointly conducted by NATO’s Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response Coordination Centre (EADRCC) and the Sector for Emergency Management of the Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Serbia. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg inaugurated the civil emergency exercise “Srbija 2018” on Monday (8 October) together with the President of the Republic of Serbia, Aleksandar Vucic. That was the biggest exercise organized by NATO’s Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response Coordination Centre, and the first to be hosted by Serbia. It included around 2,000 personnel from almost 40 countries.
The scenario for the field exercise was based on fictitious earthquake and cascading emergencies which affected the civil population and critical infrastructure in the area around Mladenovac and Arandjelovac. The choice of an earthquake scenario was linked to the type of geological and environmental challenges faced by Serbia.
SEEBRIG participated with a delegation of five officers, Colonel Murat VURAL in DISTAFF, LTC Nikolche MILKOVSKI and LTC Leonard ZHUPA in OSOCC, and LTC Athanasios BITSARAS together with CPT Ovidiu CALDARE as Evaluators.