THE ACTIVITIES OF THE NATO FIELD TRAINING EXERCISE “BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA 2017” CONTINUE – NICS SYSTEM TESTING IN RESCUE ACTIONS

During the NATO field exercise “BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA 2017” held from 25-29 September 2017 in the vicinity of Tuzla, presentation and testing of the NICS system was held.

The Ministry of Security of Bosnia and Herzegovina participates in the project “Advanced Regional Coordination in Accidents in Western Balkan Countries”, through which will be developed a system for improvement of communication and exchange of relevant information between protection and rescue services in situations of natural or other disasters in Bosnia and Herzegovina and in countries Western Balkans.

„The NICS system has already proven to be beneficial and of great help to rescue services during the search for missing persons, transport of injured persons, fire extinguishing, etc. It has been actively used since May this year and the first case was used when searching for a missing person in the area Brčko District. A database of available spatial data such as mine situation in BiH, hiking trails, borders of municipalities, cantons and entities, roads, water areas and the like is in the process of filling in the database, „ said Mirnes Softić from the BiH Ministry of Security.

The project is supported by NATO’s NATO Science for Peace and Security Program (SPS) and the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

The groundwork part of NATO Exercise “BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA 2017” is successfully completed. Rescue and rescue teams from 34 countries are deployed to 8 locations in the vicinity of Tuzla and jointly execute rescue operations for 4 different scenarios. Scenarios are largely based on the challenges in Bosnia and Herzegovina, including: rescue from floods, earthquakes, mines, mine incidents, urban search and rescue and protection in the case of chemical, biological, radiological threats.

BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA 2017 Exercise to Improve Consequences of Impediments “BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA 2017” organized by the BiH Ministry of Security and NATO The Euro-Atlantic Center for Response Coordination (EADRCC) has gathered around 1,300 participants from 34 countries and aims to improve the interoperability of international activities in responding to elemental disasters.