Faces of EU MODEX

Gerard Guerin

Gerard has over 30 years experience working in the Fire, Rescue and Emergency Management sector. He has extensive UCPM experience and has undertaken seven UCPM International Missions. He is the first Irish Chief Fire Officer to be seconded to the European Commission and has been responsible for EU MODEX since 2016. Gerard is also an UNDAC member and is the UN OCHA focal point for Civil Protection and INSARAG matters in DG ECHO.

Faces of EU MODEX

What does EU MODEX mean to me?

EU MODEX has been my professional life for the past five years, it's a kind of European Civil Protection family, it emulates some of what is great about Europe, it represents solidarity, empathy, respect, professionalism and the desire to help others in their hour of need. It is a real privilege and honour for me to work with one of the flagships of the European Civil Protection Mechanism, EU MODEX, to be entrusted, along with my colleagues, with the responsibility to lead and actively participate in the evolution of EU MODEX and to ensure that EU response capacities are better prepared for International deployments.


What are my wishes for the future of EU MODEX?

My wishes for the future of EU MODEX is that we emerge from this pandemic stronger, with a renewed purpose. EU MODEX must continue to be a flexible meaningful platform which really does test the capacity and capability of Modules, TAST, other response capacities and Experts. EU MODEX must continue meeting the needs of response capacities, whilst at the same time evolving and changing to meet the new and emerging threats of the future.

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