From the event

27 Aug -
2 Sept 2011

Moldova hosted NATO disaster response exercise

CODRII 2011 was a consequence management field exercise organized by the Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response Coordination Centre (EADRCC) in cooperation with the Civil Protection and Emergency Situations Service of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Moldova and was held from 27 August to 2 September 2011 in the vicinity of the capital city Chisinau.

Exercise “CODRII 2011” - Draft scenario

  1. On 25 August 2011 at 4:30, an earthquake of a 7.5 magnitude on occurred. Its epicentre was located in the mountains of Vrancea, Romania, at a distance of 225 km from Chisinau. The earthquake occurred in two waves, lasting a total of 52 seconds.
  2. The maximum intensity of the earthquake in the South and Centre regions was an 8 on the MSC scale.  Information gathered reveals that several buildings have been destroyed.  Missing and injured people have been reported and thousands of people remain without shelter. Electricity lines and main roads have been damaged. Some populated areas remain without access to telecommunications. Landslides have been triggered, and leakages of toxic substances from hazardous industrial installations have been reported.
  3. There are cracks in the dams of several water reservoirs, parts of which have been partially damaged and have since flooded several villages. Railway traffic has been affected too. Chişinău International Airport is still usable and can accept and accommodate aircrafts.
  4. The national health care system is backlogged and hospitals are working at maximum capacity.
  5. All forces of the Civil Protection and Emergency Situations Service have been mobilised to conduct rescue and relief activities.  Personnel within the Republic’s local government and civil defence forces are involved. Damage assessments are still ongoing; however, the scope of the damage in many regions remains unknown.
  6. Through information gathered on 27 August 2011 at the meeting of Civil Protection and Emergency Situations Services of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Moldova, it has been concluded that the amount of personnel and medical equipment available to continue search and rescue activities is insufficient. A decision has therefore been made to submit a proposal to the government to request the international community for help through the EADRCC. Romanian authorities have been able to use their own national resources to cope with the damage sustained by the earthquake.
  7. The initial application for international assistance includes:
    1. UNDAC Team
    2. Teams, rescue and relief equipment;
    3. Fire fighting teams;
    4. Location and collection team for collecting oil spills on water;
    5. Search teams with dogs;
    6. Mobile hospitals;
    7. Aero-medical evacuation;
    8. Chemical response teams;
    9. Radiological detection team;
    10. Water and underwater search team;
    11. Water purification stations, and  
    12. Technical communication support.
  8. The Civil Protection and Emergency Situations Service of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Moldova activated a (LEMA) command post near Chişinău, which immediately began coordinating the consequence management activities of the earthquake.

Teams deployed by EAPC Nations:

N Country Teams
1 Armenia 2 teams (SAR and CBRN) – 14 people
2 Austria 2 teams (Support Unit and Water Purification Unit) – 20 people
3 Azerbaijan 2 teams (SAR and CBRN) – 18 people
4 Belarus 3 teams (CBRN, Scuba diving and Medical) – 33 people
5 Belgium 2 teams (SAR and Medical) – 44 people
6 Bulgaria 2 teams (SAR and Fire-fighters) – 16 people
7 Estonia 2 teams (SAR and CBRN) – 24 people
8 Georgia 2 teams (SAR and CBRN) – 12 people
9 Germany 1 medical team (NGO) – 8 people
10 Hungary 1 team (SAR, CBRN, Fire-fighters and Medical) – 20 people
11 Israel 1 SAR team – 7 people
12 Kazakhstan 1 SAR team (divers, CBRN, dogs) – 15 people
13 Kyrgyzstan 1 SAR team (rescuers, 1 doctor, 1 dog) – 10 people
14 Latvia 2 teams (SAR and Medical) – 17 people
15 Poland 1 CBRN team (10 people)
16 Romania 3 teams (SAR, CBRN and Fire-fighters) – 24 people
17 Serbia 1 SAR team – 16 people
18 the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia¹ 3 teams (SAR, water purification unit, fire-fighting) – 20 people
19 Turkey 3 teams (CBRN, Scuba and Medical) – 26 people
20 Ukraine 4 teams (CBRN, SAR, Scuba and Hospital) – 81 people
21 USA 1 CBRN assessment team – 2 people


All together 1300 people participated in the Exercise (600 international, 650 from Moldova, 54 observers) as well as the Moldovan Prime Minister.

1. Turkey recognizes the Republic of Macedonia with its constitutional name.