6th UCPM Experts Day in Brussels
As per annual custom, all Belgiantrained experts within the framework of UCPM (European Civil Protection Mechanism) gathered in Brussels on 28 October 2022 for a seminar. After two previous editions took place online because of COVID-19, it was an excellent time to meet live again.
The EU Civil Protection Mechanism
The overall objective of the EU Civil Protection Mechanism is to strengthen cooperation between the EU Member States, six Participating States and the UK. When the scale of an emergency overwhelms the response capabilities of a country, it can request assistance via the Mechanism.
B-FAST is an interdepartmental structure which organizes the dispatching of Belgian emergency assistance abroad. Belgian assistance abroad is coordinated at European level. At the request of the EU, Belgium then sends a B-FAST team (Belgian First Aid and Support Team).
High Capacity Pumping
The HCP module includes the available resources, in terms of (very) high capacity pumping, of the Belgian Civil Protection, and these resources can take part in case of severe flooding abroad. Its staff is specifically trained in using these resources.
Flood Rescue Using Boats
The FRUB module of the Belgian Civil Protection is capable of conducting search and evacuation operations for people and animals in flooded areas or of providing first necessity products to isolated victims in case of severe flooding.