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Capital Region To Host NATO Disaster Response Exercises

Finland will be host a major NATO disaster response exercise during the first week of June. Held in the capital region, the exercise will include over one thousand personnel from 25 countries.

The Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response Coordination Centre (EADRCC) will conduct the disaster response field exercise "UUSIMAA 2008" from 1 to 5 June 2008 in the region of the Finnish capital Helsinki. Finland has taken part in Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council (EAPC) exercises since 2002.

Teams from twenty-five EAPC nations will participate in the June exercise.

NATO and Partner countries are to practice disaster response mechanisms and capabilities and to enhance co-operation in emergency situations.

The fictitious scenario for the exercise will be flooding and storms along the coastline of the Gulf of Finland. According to the scenario, water levels will rise during the spring and the storms will damage critical infrastructure objects. There will be also chemical, biological and radiological threat simulations.

The exercise is being directed by the Finnish Interior Ministry's Department for Rescue Services with practical implementation by the Crisis Management Centre.

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