The European Commission endowed the company Falck (https://www.falck.com/en/) with the task to design, plan, conduct and evaluate five exercises for Medium/Heavy USAR, USAR in CBRN conditions, Advanced Medical Post with or without Surgery, Field Hospital, TAST, EUCPT as well as other capacities of the voluntary pool.
The fourth exercise of this cycle featured medical modules and Bio Mobile Labs and was held in Revinge, Sweden on 24-27 April 2017. This exercise Modex 2017, was organized, on behalf of the European Commission, for Emergency Medical Teams (EMT), Mobile laboratories, EUCPT- experts of the European Civil Protection Mechanism and Technical Assistance Support Team (TAST). The exercise focused only on medical teams. As such, it provided the only opportunity for medical teams in the cycles of exercises to cooperate with each other and to test their interoperability and procedures.
B-LIFE facilities were deployed under the flag and support of B-FAST (Belgian First Aid & Support).
Following the scenario of this exercise, the southern area of the Swedish region was suffering from the consequences of a severe flooding in the area. Alerts have been raised concerning a disease that began to spread throughout the region. Retrospective studies conducted by WHO staff and health officials identified the index case in Lund. The exact source of the infection was not identified. A pattern of unprotected exposure, more cases and deaths, more funerals, and further spread has been established.
The Ministry of Health of Faultland issued its first alert to the unidentified disease. Following investigation by the Swedish Health Ministry Lund and Eslöv have been identified as the epicenter of transmission of the disease that still had no known cause. WHO has been alerted of the emergence of ‘rapidly evolving’ outbreak in the region. The deployment of mobile laboratories in the area to support the local health agencies with the testing and confirmation of cases was triggered.
In addition, Faultland was suffering from the collapse of the health system: access to basic and emergency care was challenged by infrastructure damages and limitation in medical personnel. They were unable to take care of the injured as a direct and indirect result of the flooding. Therefore Faultland addressed a request for assistance to the EU Civil Protection Mechanism.
The following modules were deployed on the affected Faultland:
The Italian Advanced medical post with surgery (Type 2);
The Spanish Field Hospital (Type 2);
B-LiFE under B-FAST command and support;
The German EU Mob Lab;
The Austrian Technical Assistance and Support Team.