MEDCEUR 2010 wraps up on Wednesday after a series of drills to demonstrate a ready response to crisis situations.
By Nedjeljko Rudovic for Southeast European Times in Podgorica – 21/09/10
The United States and members of eight partner countries participated in NATO military exercises Friday (September 17th) in Montenegro. [Nedjeljko Rudovic/SETimes]
Montenegrin army forces, together with fellow soldiers from the United States and eight partner countries, demonstrated on Friday (September 17th) their readiness to conduct joint action in crisis situations.
Before an audience that included top-level Montenegrin officials, the chief of general staff and media crews, they showed their ability to rescue people whose lives are threatened.
The exercises were held at the army barracks in Danilovgrad, 20km from Podgorica. The approximately 300 army members and rescue teams from the ten partners conducted themselves as though they were facing a real situation.
The first exercise involved fire fighting, rescue operations and the evacuation of casualties from the second floor of a building. Equipment for lowering casualties, special ropes and a special cushion were assembled in minutes.
The explosion and destruction of a bridge was then simulated. Rescuers pulled people from crushed vehicles and helped remove toxic chemicals. The injured were transported via helicopter to an improvised hospital, complete with an operating room equipped to handle natural, technological and biological incidents.
Soldiers prepared for joint action in crisis situations. [Nedjeljko Rudovic/SETimes]
The inferno on the bridge, meanwhile, required more than on-the-ground fire fighting efforts. Within minutes, members of the helicopter-airplane unit of Montenegro’s Department for Emergency Situations and Civil Security extinguished the fire from overhead with two Air Tractor planes.