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Practices and Experience of the Fujian Response

COVID-19 Epidemic Control Measures in Emergency Response Action on a Construction Collapsing Accident in Quanzhou: Practice and Experience


On 7 March, the Xinjia Hotel in Quanzhou City (Fujian Province) in China experienced a building collapse. After the accident, the Ministry of Emergency Management of China dispatched a working group to the scene to guide the rescue. Fire & Rescue Corp of Fujian Province mobilized 1,086 fighters as well as rescue equipment and materials. In the spirit of life first, rescuers overcame the difficulties caused by COVID-19 epidemic and actively carried out rescue operations to minimize accident losses and casualties. Here is the interesting report prepared by the Chinese authorities and shared with the INSARAG Secretariat about the measures put in place during the operation.  It is heartening to note that elements of the INSARAG guidelines on the establishment of the Base of Operations seems to have been well implemented.

COVID-19 Control Measures in Emergency Response Action

Schematic Diagram of Rescue Site


 classic Rescue COVID

ICMS Training via an INTERNET “WebEx"

Note From IMWG

We are all facing a situation that we only know from exercises or films. Even I could never have imagined that we were on the way to a complete shutdown in Germany.

Assuming that there will be no Face to Face meeting in 2020 we look for alternatives.

In order to prepare for any upcoming USAR Mission, IMWG has started to distribute the ICMS user licenses to the teams during the past few weeks.

Over 80% of the teams have received access to their ICMS training accounts already. In addition, we published the ICMS Handbooks as well.

Now we need to start training sessions on the new system. An earthquake can happen at any time, as we have seen during the past weeks.

With thanks, we have already received the "COVID-19 USAR OPERATIONAL GUIDANCE NOTE".

IMWG would like to take the next step and offer training on ICMS via an INTERNET “MS Teams”. We thought we would split it into two parts.

1.) The Basics (Team related approx..3 hours)

            Short pptx, 30 minutes max.

            Life demo how to install and set up the apps (Survey123 and ESRI Explorer)

            Collecting data via different devices (Smartphone, Tablet, Laptops, PC)

            The “Dashboard”

            Q&A session


2.) Advanced (More related to RDC and UCC members, approx. 2 hours)

            Sectorization, Event Boarder

The Dashboard in more details

            Tasking of teams

            Q&A session

We did already successfully a first training with the staff of ERS via “MS Teams”

The first IMWG ICMS training will be organized the Week after Easter. The exact date will soon be published at 

We are open to requests and suggestions.




In light of the unprecedented challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic that affects all of us, the INSARAG network will have to jointly adopt a high degree of flexibility in order to adapt to this evolutive situation. Implementing a flexible approach in facing modern humanitarian crises, as discussed during the INSARAG 2020 Steering Group meeting, would enable the network to continue providing high quality assistance in emergency preparedness and response, to the people we serve.

This year’s INSARAG Steering Group meeting took place in Geneva on 6 February 2020 during the Humanitarian Networks and Partnerships Week (HNPW), which constitutes a unique platform for humanitarian stakeholders to discuss common challenges in emergency preparedness and response, and to identify sustainable solutions. This meeting represents undoubtedly an integral part of HNPW especially as INSARAG embodies the spirit of international cooperation. More information is available at

Although the INSARAG Steering Group meets annually, this year’s meeting was particularly important since 2020 marks the celebration of INSARAG’s 30 years of life-saving assistance. In preparation for the third INSARAG Global Meeting in Warsaw in October 2020, the Steering Group meeting was an opportunity to reflect on the progress made and on lessons learned. At the Global Meeting, the network will endorse the Warsaw Declaration. Members States are invited to contribute to the Warsaw Declaration by 31 July 2020, which will then be translated into the INSARAG Strategic Plan 2020-2025.

Furthermore, the Steering Group meeting provided a dedicated space for the network to discuss a strengthened localisation through the National Accreditation Process. To achieve this, a National Accreditation Working Group will be formed. Furthermore, the potential adaptation towards a more agile and flexible response to stay fit for purpose, a need especially relevant in those uncertain times marked by the COVID-19 pandemic, was discussed. The new version of the INSARAG Guidelines has also been endorsed and will be effective as of 1 January 2021. Finally, the Steering Group has agreed on the revision of the Earthquake Response Exercise package. All Regional Chairs are urged to discuss these topics at the regional level, and report back their recommendations and suggestions to Warsaw. The Chairman’s summary can be found here.

I would like to thank the Steering Group, including Regional and Working Group Chairs and members, as well as all participants involved, for the enriching discussions and resolute decision making. Your contributions, dedication and unwavering commitment improve and nurture the network, ensuring the constant adaptation of the INSARAG quality standards and practices.

I would like to conclude by congratulating and offering the best wishes for the INSARAG 30th anniversary and the third Global Meeting, and by hoping that you will all stay safe.


Ambassador Manuel Bessler, Global Chair INSARAG Secretariat

Postponed _ June IEC/R Training in The Netherlands

The IEC/R Training planned to take place in the Netherlands in June 2020 will be postponed at the request of Host and Organizers due to the current pandemic situation.