Read about EU MODEX, the objectives and the background of these civil protection exercises to strengthen the European emergency response capacities for international deployments in disaster affected areas.

In 2019 and 2020 six full-scale exercises for Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) modules, Emergency Medical Teams (EMT) other Response Capacities were planned throughout Europe to train their preparedness for deployments in disaster affected areas.

The Module Exercises (MODEX) are financed by the Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (DG ECHO) and are part of an exercises series within the EU Civil Protection Mechanism.

Modules and other Response Capacities already registered in the Common Emergency Communications and Information System (CECIS) were invited to apply for a participation in one of the Exercises. The main exercise objectives for the participants are to train self-sufficiency, interoperability, procedures and coordination as well as to use the exercise as a learning opportunity. EU MODEX also gives participating modules and other Response Capacities the opportunity for certification as European Emergency Response Capacity (EERC) and for classification or re-classification to meet international standards for deployments in disasters.

The consortium

The European Commission awarded following international consortium to design, plan, conduct and self-evaluate six full-scale EU MODEX for USAR and EMTs:

The consortium planned following EU MODEX for USAR, EMTs and other response capacities in cycle 10

  • Portugal/Fogueteiro, 04.11. – 07.11.2019 (USAR) – conducted
  • Italy/Passo Tonale, postponed (USAR) – postponed, due to corona pandamic
  • Romania/Timișoara, postponed (Medical) – canceled, due to corona pandamic
  • Austria/Eisenerz, postponed (USAR) – canceled, due to corona pandamic
  • Turkey/Tekirdag, 25.06. – 28.06.2020 (USAR) – postponed, due to corona pandamic
  • Italy/Pinerolo, 18.09. – 22.09.2020 (Medical) – canceled, due to corona pandamic

Continuous updates on social media​

Become part of the fast-growing EU MODEX-community on Facebook and keep updated during the exercises. Follow the work of the participating modules, see their search in the debris and watch the rescuing of trapped victims. We post on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. And right after the end of each exercise, we will publish one lessons learned video. If you post on social media regarding EU MODEX we kindly ask to use these hashtags:

#EUSavesLives #EUCivPro #EUMODEX

We offer photos and video footage. 
The “European Union MODEX material” e.g. footage and photos, are provided free of charge by the consortium of EU MODEX Lot 3 and 5. Any party which is using the EU MODEX material must accept the following agreement:
The ownership and the copyright of EU MODEX material is indicated by “© www.eu-modex.eu” in production/closing credits.
EU MODEX material may only be used for public relation purposes and broadcasting if it is related to EU MODEX and/or the European Union
Civil Protection Mechanism (EUCPM).
EU MODEX material may not be used for commercial advertising.
EU MODEX material may not be resold.
The EU MODEX consortium can withdraw its consent anytime for using EU MODEX material for broadcasting or public relation purposes.