VIDEO: Innovations in Disaster Relief

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Published on November 28, 2017 by Nicholas Hoffman

If fires or floods strike, how will NATO use science and technology to respond? Experts from the renowned Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in collaboration with the United States Department of Homeland Security joined scientists and civil emergency responders from NATO and partner nations at a multinational emergency response exercise in Bosnia and Herzegovina to field-test various technological and scientific innovations in the area of search and rescue. This is the 17th international field exercise organised by NATO’s Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response Coordination Centre (EADRCC) and the first one hosted by Bosnia and Herzegovina. Over 1,200 participants were tested on international cooperation and interoperability in disaster response, including water rescue and chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) detection, protection and decontamination. The NATO Science for Peace and Security Programme, or SPS, supports scientific research in various fields of technology and innovation. It was widely involved in the exercise, field-testing both a cutting-edge incident command system and two telemedicine projects.

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