Hellenic Ministry of Defence (HMOD) (http://www.mod.mil.gr) applies the Government’s National Defence Policy. HMOD implements interventions focusing on the facilitation of the interaction with citizens like the digitalization of recruitment archives and services, the generation of digital charts and weather reports, and also incorporates departments and units that address social issues like public protection, crisis managements, search and rescue (SAR) operations, humanitarian aid and social and environmental research. Therefore, HMOD incarnates a very important social role in everyday life of Greek citizens and people. Navy Lighthouses’ Service, Hellenic National Meteorological Service, Hellenic Military Geographical Service are some examples that prove the aforementioned interventions.
HMOD representation within NAFTES will be handled through the Department for the Management of European and Development Projects (DEMDP) (http://www.dideap.mil.gr
). DEMDP is responsible for the coordination of actions pertaining to the development and submission of proposals on monitoring, control and general administration of the sum of projects carried by the HMOD with external funding (e.g. EU Structural funds, PPP, FP7, H2020, etc.).
The HMOD/Hellenic Navy operates the Damage Control School (DCS) within the Naval Training Command premises in the Naval Fortress of Skaramagka. the DCS integrates two very important training assets: the Fire Fighting Simulator (FFS) and the Crew Evacuation Simulator (CES). the mission of DCS is to cover the theoretical and practical formation and training, mainly for the onboard personnel, so as they will be prepared to accomplish firefighting activities onboard ships, on port or underway. The CES (or Smoke Simulator) has been commissioned on 2004, manufactured in the UK by PENNMAN ENGINEERING. The training scenarios feasible within the CES are: Search & Rescue, First Aids, Emergency Escape and the use of positive pressure breathing apparatus & escape breathing devices. in the FFS, the following training scenarios are possible: Initial Response, Fire Fighting techniques, Use of breathing apparatus, Search & Rescue, Re-entry techniques and Advanced Fire Fighting. FFS includes an engine room, an electricity generating plant and interior corridor, a mess room, a galley and a radar room. the FFS is fully equipped with a number of burners, smoke generators, propane sensors, supply and exhaust fans. the simulated fires are solid fuel fires, liquid fuel fires and electric fires. the FFS control system allows: Variable lighting conditions, Sound and visual effects (strobe), Variable fan intensity, emergency SHUT DOWN, Safety evacuation doors and Integrated parametric control of the facility. this combined facility is manned by highly experienced officers that initiate, perform and assess the DCS training sessions.