On the 8th May SARAID will join 5 other international search and rescue organisations to be tested and share knowledge. 'ACHILLES 17' is an earthquake disaster response, Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) Exercise that is taking place in the USAR Training village of Swiss Armed Forces in Geneva.
This exercise simulates an emergency situation after an earthquake and is conducted by five USAR partner organisations: Technisches Hilfswerk (THW), I.S.A.R Germany, @Fire Germany/S.A.R.A.I.D., UIISC 1 France and Swiss Rescue. During the 48-hour-simulation, the teams practice deployment, locating and rescuing as well as providing medical support to survivors trapped underneath the rubble in a race against time. The event is hosted by Switzerland, in particular Swiss Humanitarian Aid and Swiss Armed Forces.
The scenario is that a virtual earthquake measuring 7.5 on the Richter scale jolts the "Free Republic of JURENEVA". The epicentre of the quake, which kills more than 1,000 people and injures many more, is located about 20 kilometres southwest of Geneva. Approximately 24 hours after the government of JURENEVA called for international assistance, five USAR teams from Germany, Switzerland, UK and France start arriving at Payerne military airport. From there, the rescuers are taken to the simulated disaster area at the training village of the Swiss Armed Forces in Geneva (Epeisses), where the rescue activities begin.
This is not the first time SARAID and @Fire have worked together, the two teams joined resources during the deployment to Nepal in 2015, are both Non-Governmental organisations (NGO) and are both members of INSARAG, Light International USAR Team Working Group.