Search and Rescue: in Cyprus the 2022 edition of the UN INSARAG exercise
From December 7 to 11, the INSARAG (International Search and Rescue Advisory Group) classification exercise of the Light USAR Cyprus Civil Defense CYP-01 rescue team was held in Larnaca, on the island of Cyprus
INSARAG is a global network of more than 90 countries and organizations under the auspices of the United Nations
INSARAG deals with issues related to urban search and rescue (USAR), with the goal of establishing minimum international standards for USAR teams and a methodology for international coordination in earthquake response, based on the INSARAG guidelines endorsed by the 2002 United Nations General Assembly Resolution 57/150 on “Strengthening the Effectiveness and Coordination of International Urban Search and Rescue Assistance.”
The committee, composed of 8 qualified classifiers from Estonia, France, Jordan, Poland, UK, Switzerland, including a USAR expert from the National Fire Service, positively evaluated the excellent work done during the 36-hour simulation.
INSARAG Secretariat representative Stefania Trassari and Cyprus Civil Defense Commander Maria Papa recalled the importance of the European and international assistance and coordination network and thanked the states that supported INSARAG by sending their classifiers.
The National Fire Department takes an active part in the initiatives promoted by INSARAG through participation in meetings, exercises, courses, working groups and classifications of teams from other countries.