On October 10, Bulgaria and fourteen other countries from the European Union (EU) will participate in an earthquake protection exercise “Balance”. This was announced at a field exercise at the stadium in the village of Kubratovo, the head of the “Emergency Assistance and Prevention” Directorate of the Capital Municipality, Krasimir Dimitrov.
“We play an earthquake that happened in Montenegro and we lose the EU mechanism for assisting in the search and rescue of victims. Here today we show the technique at our disposal. The same technique will participate in the exercise in Montenegro,” explained Dimitrov.
He pointed out that the training included life-saving appliances, hydraulic tools for rescue operations, boats for flood rescue, tools for breaking, chipping, cutting, etc. In addition, the rescue teams have a drone and thermal cameras to search for victims within a radius of two kilometers. “We have a medical station with paramedics and an ambulance, and operational vehicles that are on duty with us,” added Dimitrov.
Dimitrov also said that the exercise started yesterday and continues today following signals in abandoned sites, with rescue workers doing an excellent job of searching and rescuing six victims.
The guests of the event were employees from the Ministry of Defense, commanders from the Air Force (Air Force) and employees from the air base in Vrazhdebna.
“For the first time, together with the Bulgarian army, we are carrying out a training mission to Tivot in Montenegro, with the Air Force and the Spartan military transport aircraft,” said the director of the Metropolitan Directorate for “Emergency Assistance and Prevention”. Dimitrov specified that two of the planes had already flown for the first stage of the exercise to the airport in Bezmer.
“The planes and our people are behaving well. This is exactly why these trainings are needed and this camp has been set up, which will be exactly the same in Montenegro,” he said.
Colonel Angelov from the 16 “Hostile” Air Base explained that the task of him and his colleagues is to interact with the Capital Municipality for the loading and transportation of the property to Montenegro.