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Swiss Exercise, Epeisses, Switzerland

At the Invitation of Switzerland, the INSARAG Secretariat team observed the full deployment and operational readiness of the SDC Heavy USAR Team in action, in Epeisses, Geneva Switzerland. The INSARAG Global Chair, Amb Manuel Bessler joined the team in the exercise. This is one of the major exercises by the Swiss team in preparations for their IER in 2020.


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INSARAG in Portugal

At the invitation of the WHO EMT Secretariat, the INSARAG Secretariat in RPS is this week participating in the EMT verification exercise of the Portuguese Medical Type 1 team for international response in accordance to globally accepted standards. A peer group of technical experts from 7 member countries participated in a vigorous and successful verification exercise. 

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News from INSARAG Information Management Working Group

During the Modex exercise, the INSARAG Information Management Working Group was running a full operational test of a new dashboard system to display collected information which assists USAR teams in managing USAR coordination.

The system was used within Modex by the participants, within exercise control, and by the INSARAG Classification team. 

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Structural engineer course 2019

THW Germany and the Italian Civil protection are hosting the third USAR Structural Engineering Course in Poggioreale, Sicily from May 12th to 17th 2019.

The course is open only for engineers from classified USAR Teams or those will undergo IEC or NAP soon! As seats are limited and in the last two courses the majority of participants was coming from the AEME region, we will give priority to engineers from America and the Asia-Pacific region!

The course is a mix of lectures from experienced engineers about missions, engineering challenges and specific topics like “Shoring of heritage buildings”, Break-out sessions on engineering themes and a full day ASR2 exercise in the old city of Poggioreale that was destroyed in 1968 by an earthquake.

Please look in the VO for the training section and register soon.

For additional clarification, please contact Mr Peter Goxharaj at

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UN-CMCoord Course for the Middle East, 7-11 April 2019 Naples, Italy

We are pleased to share with you the invitation letter for our upcoming United Nations Humanitarian Civil-Military Coordination (UN-CMCoord) Course for the Middle East.

We would be most grateful if you could help us disseminate the invitation among interested OCHA colleagues and partners.

UN-CMCoord Course for the Middle East, Naples, Italy, 7-11 April 2019

Applicants must complete the UN-CMCoord eCourse at  before applying for this UN-CMCoord course. They can choose to obtain a certificate for either “Chapter 5: Working in Natural Disasters” or “Chapter 6: Working in Complex Emergencies”. Applications, which do not meet this requirement, will not be considered in the selection process.

More information on upcoming UN-CMCoord and Preparedness and Response Effectiveness Programme (PREP) training events are also available on our webpage at