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EMT NFP supports Joint German EMT Exercise in Hünxe

From 12-16 October 2022 the first Joint German EMT Exercise took place in Hünxe, Germany. It was the first time that all five German WHO-classified Emergency Medical Teams (Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund, humedica, I.S.A.R. Germany, Johanniter-Auslandshilfe and Malteser International) trained together, complemented by teams from emergency.lu (Luxemburg) and Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund Austria. The exercise, led by I.S.A.R. Germany, was largely supported by the team of the EMT National Focal Point (EMT NFP) at RKI: Next to providing financial support, EMT NFP staff joined the EXCON (Exercise Control) team during the two-year planning phase and took the lead of the VIP/press working group responsible for organizing the VIP and media day as well as the exercise film (which can be watched here) and the photo documentation. In addition, RKI staff acted as role players in a variety of injects.

Johanniter and Malteser staff jointly treating a patient. Source: © Paul HahnJohanniter and Malteser staff jointly treating a patient (Photo: Paul Hahn)

In total approx. 300 people (EMT experts, role players, observers, support staff, etc.) attended the exercise in which the deployment of EMTs to an earthquake disaster area was being simulated. It aimed at preparing and training EMT staff for deployment, creating synergies between German EMTs as well as exercising and learning together. For this purpose, on the last day joint workshops took place and EMT experts were able to visit the other teams to foster mutual exchange. The exercise was a huge success, it gained a lot of interest and helped strengthening the EMT community in Germany.

Patients being rescued in mass casualty event. Source: © Paul HahnPatients being rescued in mass casualty event (Photo: Paul Hahn)

Aerial view of training site and treatment camp. Source: © 2SpotAerial view of training site and treatment camps (Photo: 2Spot)

Date: 05.12.2022