On 1-4 October 2019, the State Border Guard Service under the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Lithuania (SBGS), together with other institutions, participated in the state-level civil protection exercises organised by the Fire and Rescue Department under the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Lithuania. In total, 24 institutions participated in the exercise which, in the event of a nuclear accident, should perform the functions assigned to them following the National Plan for the Protection of the Population in the event of a nuclear or radiological emergency. Municipalities within 30 km from the Belarusian nuclear power plant also participated in the exercise: municipalities of Svencionys and Vilnius districts, as well as Salcininkai, Varena, Zarasai and Kalvarija municipalities. Invited observers from Great Britain, Latvia, Estonia and Poland participated in the exercise as evaluators.
The purpose of this exercise is to improve and put into practice the skills of those involved in the civil protection system in carrying out the functions provided for in the National Plan for the Protection of the Population in the event of a nuclear or radiological emergency.
During the exercise, the operation of the public alert and information system, evacuation of the population, exposure control and decontamination of the evacuated population were tested. Temporary resettlement of the population was carried out, airborne radiation reconnaissance and ground-based radiation reconnaissance were carried out.
Vladas Marcinkevičius, a Chief Specialist of the SBGS Nuclear Security Centre of Excellence (NSCOE), also participated in certain stages of the exercise planning and evaluation. He evaluated the organization of evacuation of residents in Magunas village, Svencionys district, deactivation of evacuated inhabitants in Svencionys city, as well as terrestrial radiation reconnaissance in Vilnius district settlements organized by the 3rd District Fire Rescue Management Team in Vilnius.
For NSCOE it wasn’t the first time to participating in such exercises and team members are invited to participate as assessors or observers both in Lithuania and other countries.
© Photos from the NSCOE archives.