From last 8th February to 12th February, two officers of the Belgian Civil Protection, Colonel Jan Beeldens and Captain Bastiaan Ruys, participated in an exercise which represented the second step of the course which should lead to the certification, by the EU's Civil Protection Mechanism authorities, of the Flood Rescue Using Boats (FRUB) module.
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.