EU programme conducts Table Top Exercise in Armenia to tackle wildfires

Photo: European Union
Photo: European Union

On 15-16 September, the EU-funded PPRD East (PPRD East – Prevention, Preparedness and Response to Natural and Man-made Disasters in the Eastern Partnership Countries) programme is conducting a Table Top Exercise (TTX) in Armenia.

During the two-day exercise, the participants are facing a wildfire scenario based on a past event with hot, dry and windy conditions. Throughout the realistic exercise, the fires are rapidly progressing, and the participants are facing a scenario of about 1600 HA burned area. The PPRD East team of experts is testing Civil Protection response mechanisms, communication flow and inter-agency coordination.

The TTX is managed through a digital hybrid set-up, where participants attending the exercise in Armenia are located together or by institution. The experts from the implementing consortium and other participants based outside Armenia, join the TTX by web conference. Through a digital platform and tools, observers are able to follow the actions taken by the responding actors in real time.

The PPRD East 3 Programme supports the authorities in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine in improving disaster prevention, as well as preparedness and response capacities in case of natural or man-made disasters – thus providing greater overall protection to their populations, environment and infrastructure.

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