Date: 26 December 2003
On Friday, 26 December 2003, at 5.26 (local time) an earthquake of magnitude 6.6 on the Richter Scale hits southeast Iran. The epicentre is located in the province of Kerman, specifically in the historical town of Bam. The effects of the earthquake are so devastating that the Iranian Government authorities send a request for international assistance.
The Department of Civil Protection, in agreement with the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and following the activation of the Community Mechanism for Civil Protection, arranges for the immediate dispatch of an Italian team to Iran.
The team is made up of officials from the Department of Civil Protection, the Fire Service, two dog units from the National Alpine Troop Association of Veneto, three dog units from the emergency volunteer organisation Fo.P.I.V.O.L. (Forza di Pronto Impiego Volontariato Lazio), volunteers from ANPAS, from the “Misericordie” and Red Cross staff. All operations in progress on Iranian territory are coordinated and constantly monitored by the Operations Room of the Department of Civil Protection in Rome.