Consequence Management Exercise "Lazio 2006"
Rome, 23-26 October 2006
Consequence Management Exercise “Lazio 2006” was the third in a series of Civil Emergency Planning (CEP) Exercises conducted under the responsibility of the Ad-Hoc Group on Civil Emergencies under the auspices of the NATO-Russia Council (NRC).
The exercise was held from 23 to 26 October 2006, in and around Rome, and consisted of two distinct parts, a Field Exercise at the “Operative Training Centre” of the Italian Fire Brigade in Montelibretti, and a Table Top exercise at the Senior Fire-Fighters Institute in Rome.
Like the two previous NRC/CEP Exercises “Bogorodsk 2002” and “Kaliningrad 2004”, the scenario for the exercise was based upon a terrorist attack with a “Weapon of Mass Destruction”. While exercise “Bogorodsk 2002” focused on a terrorist attack with a chemical agent, and “Kaliningrad 2004” addressed the issue of biological consequence management, participants in “Lazio 2006” exercise responded to the consequences of an explosion of a “Radiological Dispersal Device”, or “Dirty bomb”.
During the Field Exercise more than 250 personnel from Italy – the host nation – the Russian Federation, Austria, Croatia, Hungary and Romania worked side-by-side to test how they can work effectively together in case of a radiological emergency.
As the scenario had been built around a terrorist attack with a “Radiological Dispersal Device”, activities in the Field Exercise focused on:
Several techniques, including the use of “robots” and “air-mobile radiological detection”, were utilised during the exercise.
The exercise was also used to test elements of the Rapid Deployment Capability, which is under development in the Ad-Hoc Group on Civil Emergencies under the NATO Russian Council. As part of the test an EMERCOM Transport Aircraft picked-up an Hungarian Radiological Response team in Budapest, and jointly operate during the Field Exercise.
In parallel with this Field Exercise in Montelibretti, at the Senior Fire-Fighters Institute in Rome, more than 150 experts from 29 nations discussed issues related to the delivery of international disaster and humanitarian assistance; critical infrastructure protection; medical and psychological aspects of terrorist attacks; and legal aspects of emergency response operations.
The Field Exercise and the Table Top exercise followed the same scenario, and events happening in the field served as inputs to the discussion among experts. In order to make the discussions during the Table Top Exercise more realistic and to ensure a continuous exchange of information, a video link was established between the two exercise sites.