A large scale search and rescue exercise is taking place in Larnaca, aiming at further training civil defence officers by German federal agency THW members.
The exercise scenario involves a search and rescue operation after a large scale earthquake in Cyprus, as a result of which buildings collapse, people die or are injured while many are trapped in the wreckage. Following the earthquake electricity is cut and telecommunications are also out, exacerbating the problems.
In statements to the media, Civil Defence Commander Andreas Frantzis said that the exercise takes place in the context of the agency’s effort to enhance its team’s abilities.
Five experts from Germany traveled to Cyprus following a request by the Cypriot Civil Defence “aiming to record our abilities in dealing with a serious earthquake,” he said, adding that the ultimate goal is “to improve our abilities to rescue people after a catastrophic earthquake.”
Specially trained volunteer search and rescue teams with the appropriate equipment are taking part in the exercise that started on Saturday and continues today.
(Cyprus News Agency)