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Euregional exercises

In order to ensure that the euregional firefighting, eumed and information exchange agreements work in practice and are known by all emergency and rescue personnel, it is important to exercise these agreements on a regular basis. For this reason, the EMRIC steering group has decided to set up a two-year exercise cycle in which various training methods are used. The first exercise cycle started in 2017 and was completed in 2018. The next cycle covers the years 2019-2020 and so on. Among other things, the following elements will be repeated each time.
Courses in digital crisis management systems:
In 2017, German and Belgian colleagues were trained in the Dutch National Crisis Management System (LCMS). In 2019, a refresher course was offered to these colleagues and this group was expanded to include other colleagues. In 2019, approximately 60 German and Belgian colleagues were trained to work with LCMS. Training for German and Dutch colleagues will also be provided in the Belgian Incident & Crisis Management System (ICMS). This is planned for 2020. The aim of this is to give neighbouring dispatch centres and crisis teams the possibility, in the event of incidents with a (possible) cross-border effect, to easily follow developments in neighbouring countries and thus ensure that the provision of information runs smoothly.
Table-top exercise:
Communication and information exchange between crisis teams on both sides of the border is exercised in table-top exercises. This exercise took place in Ahrweiler in 2017. In 2019, a different format was chosen, in which Euregional partners can have a look at how their neigbours work.  In October 2019, for example, a crisis management exercise took place in Kreis Heinsberg, to which Dutch and Belgian colleagues were invited as observers. In November, Veiligheidsregio Zuid-Limburg organised crisis team exercises to which Belgian and German colleagues were invited as observers.
Dispatch centre exercises:
In order to practice requesting assistance and exchanging information during a large-scale incident, a dispatch centre exercise is organised twice a year.
"Wheels-on-the-road" exercise:
Every two years a "wheels-on-the-road" exercise is organised. The first exercise of the cycle 2017-2018 took place on 9 November 2018. The purpose of this exercise was to practice the Emric and Eumed agreements at the incident site. Within this exercise, attention was paid to communication between teams from different countries, the use of pilot posts for incoming assistance and jointly handling the incident according to the Euregional procedures. The next wheels-on-the-road exercise will take place at the end of 2020 in the Province of Limburg Belgium.


Administrative exercise:
To ensure that administrators on both sides of the border are able to find each other during an incident, an administrative exercise is organised every two years. This exercise can take different forms and in 2018 the world café method was chosen, in which a lively dialogue between administrators is established around issues of public safety. This world café took place on 27 November 2018 during the Benelux symposium "security without borders".
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Below you find the exercise calendar for the years 2019 and 2020: