What is SIMEX?
SIMEX Series is an operational (live controlled) field exercise designed to establish a learning environment for players to exercise disaster event response plans, policies and procedures. Player participation comprises of; activate, mobilise, respond operationally on scene, report (internally and externally), implement short and medium-term plans, hand-over, demobilise and complete after-action reviews.
SIMEX Series of exercises have taken place annually since 2012. The exercise comprises a mix of live, simulation and command and control events in order to provide a neutral platform to test both national and international emergency response mechanisms.
The Simulation and Training Network (STN) of the UN Leading Edge Programme has come to establish a consensus that significant space for improvement exists throughout the thousands of simulation exercises held across the world every year. The nature of response differs by region, disaster type, and institutional scope (international, regional, national) thus depriving uniformity from SIMEX Series guidelines. Improving consistency among institutional training of humanitarian and emergency response personnel can lead to improved interoperability among responders, significantly improving the efficiency of coordination among the various levels of stakeholders.
The vision of the SIMEX Series is aligned with the Leading Edge Programme Simulation and Training Network to improve efficiency of emergency preparedness and response through high quality training standards, coordination amongst local, national and international response teams and the utilisation of recognised simulation platforms to consistently evaluate, reinforce and improve operational guidance in coordination with key stakeholders.
The exercise is run by the University of Portsmouth and Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service, in close partnership with 40+ key organisations. SIMEX Series planning runs from the concept phase in June/July of the year before, the execution of the event every May, then the After Action Review, Evaluation and Integration of key Recommendations through to June/July. On-going research is looking at how to ensure a positive impact and measure that change long term to ultimately improve what we do full cycle.