2017 Logistics Response Team Training and Opex Bravo Exercise24 October 2017
One of the largest scale humanitarian preparedness and response exercises to date took place between 15 and 21 October 2017 in Neuhausen, Germany. Generously hosted by the Germany Federal Agency for Technical Relief (THW), the German Foreign Office and the Government of Luxembourg, this year’s exercise combined, the Logistics Response Team (LRT) Training delivered by the Logistics Cluster and the Emergency Telecommunications Cluster’s (ETC) OpEx Bravo Exercise. The training was supported by a wide variety of organisations including DB Schenker, DHL, DP World, Ericsson Response, MSB and the German Federal Police.
This merged exercise is a large-scale inter-agency field simulation and training event designed to further advance both the ETC and the Logistics Cluster’s emergency response capabilities and coordination within and across the global humanitarian community. This intensive, seven-day simulation exercise was organised and facilitated through a joint effort with partners. It is conducted in field conditions and places the participants in as near realistic emergency situation as possible while challenging them to achieve a comprehensive set of required emergency response objectives and real field cooperation.
This merger of these two key training events provides a unique opportunity for humanitarian personnel to work with and learn from their colleagues from other agencies, as well as to develop both the individual and team skills that will be required to operate effectively, and therefore save lives, during emergencies around the world. The training welcomed 212 humanitarian logistics and telecommunications specialists from more than 37 different humanitarian organisations.