Project management

Austrian Red Cross


01.01.2019 - 30.09.2020



Contact person

René Kastner

The main goals of the project are to accomplish a Discussion Based Exercise (DBX) and a Full Scale Exercise (FSX) with numerous international relief forces. A fictive earthquake scenario in Eisenerz, located in Upper Styria, gives the opportunity within the exercise to activate the Union Civil Protection Mechanism and the utilization of new technology like virtual reality, real time mapping of terrain and media tools to outline practice specific messages and social media posts as realistic challenges for the practicing responders. In this project DCNA is responsible for an independent and comprehensive evaluation, which includes, beside the exercises themselves, also the entire process of the project.

Source: René Kastner, DCNA


DCNA evaluated the Full-Scale Exercise of IRONORE2019 in Eisenerz (AUT)

From the 12th until the 14th of September 2019 the Full Scale Exercise of the EU co-financed project “IRONORE2019” took place in Eisenerz, located in Upper Styria. As consortial partner DCNA was responsible for the complete evaluation and invited six independent experts in civil protection to Styria: four from Austria and two colleagues from the neighboring countries Hungary and Slovenia.

Therewith, an appropriate and objective evaluation of this international exercise, with about 400 relief forces and nearly the same number of role players, could be guaranteed. Numerous emergency scenarios - starting from a bus accident, to incidents with chemical contamination up to collapsed buildings, where many victims had to be rescued - required quick decisions, flexibility and total commitment of the participating relief forces. The evaluation from DCNA documented mistakes and successes. Therewith, recommendations for improvements have been developed for being even better prepared for future earthquakes within the EU.

Involved institutions besides DCNA are: Austrian Red Cross, Styrian Red Cross, Hungarian Red Cross, iHELP. For further information check