IPM

The EU PROMETHEUS 2014 Initial Planning Meeting (IPM) was held in Athens, Greece on June 10-11, 2013. Its purpose was to introduce the exercise concept, including design objectives, scenario elements, participants, and exercise methodology, and to discuss exercise support requirements for the upcoming EU PROMETHEUS 2014 Table-Top Exercise (TTX) and Full Scale Exercise (FSE).

The Exercise Planning Team provided an agenda to include suggested exercise design objectives, scenario design, and exercise support requirements, including contractor support. The EU PROMETHEUS 2014 Core Group President and Exercise Planning Team Vice President facilitated the meeting.

The IPM started with an official address by Mr Patroklos GEORGIADIS, Secretary General for Civil Protection, and Lt. Gen. Vassilios PAPAGEORGIOU, Deputy Chief of the Fire Corps and President of the EU PROMETHEUS 2014 Exercise Planning Team. The first session of the IPM introduced the EU PROMETHEUS 2014 initiatives, namely the strategic selection of the scenario and the project consortium, the Joint Modules, and the use of social media. This website was officialy unveiled during this session of the IPM. During the second session, strategic partners presented their grasp of the project. Finally, the third session was dedicated to the Advanced Advisoriry Group initiative (AAG), whereupon the AAG presented their work and representatives of the Greek EU Civil Protection Modules gave a short presentation of their involvement in the exercise design.

The remainder of the Initial Planning Meeting was restricted to project partners only. At the beginning of this session, the Vice President of the Exercise Planning Team presented Secretary General for Civil Protection Decision 121/2009 on National Host Nation Support, which sets the framework for the activation of the Community Mechanism for Civil Protection in Greece, and will be the basic documentation regarding the management of incoming EU assistance during both the EU PROMETHEUS 2014 TTX and FSE. Issues discussed during this session included the timeframe for both the TTX and FSE; the EU Modules that will be deployed in Greece during the FSE; the establishment and deployment of Joint Modules; the reception and departure of EU Modules, including the Base of Operations; the FSE venue; command and control at the tactical and operational levels; and scenario variables with regard to the deployment of MUSAR, FFFP and GFFF Joint Modules.