On Tuesday, May 23, 2017, the General Directorate of Civil Emergencies of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, organized a simulation activity on Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Defence (CBRN) at the premises of Epoka University.
This simulation was conducted in the framework of the CBRN-Centres of Excellence, project 44, “Strengthening CBRN first response capabilities and regional cooperation in South East Europe, Southern Caucasus, Moldova and Ukraine”, funded by the European Union1,2.
The overall objective of project 44 is to enhance response capabilities and promote inter-agency and regional cooperation in CBRN first response in the Western Balkan and Black Sea regions by enhancing the capabilities to organise and execute table-top and field exercises, as well as train-the-trainer courses both at national and sub-regional level2.
Epoka University has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the General Directorate of Civil Emergencies. Based on this memorandum, Epoka University played an active role in the said simulation, by engaging many staff and students.
This was a coordinated field exercise which brought together the Fire Department, Police Department, Emergency Service, Volunteer’s Center for Civil Emergencies, Special Unit of the Armed Forces under the Ministry of Defense, and representatives of the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment as one of this project’s partners.
The CBRN simulation took place between 9.00 am – 11:00 am and all the units involved showed a high level of response capability and cooperation.