Military Emergencies Unit

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Military Emergencies Unit
Coat of Arms of the UME.svg
Active11 April 2006 – present
CountrySpain
AllegianceKing Felipe VI
BranchSpanish Armed Forces
RoleEmergency management
Size3,987 (2008)
Part ofMinistry of Defence
HeadquartersTorrejón Air Base
Motto(s)Para servir (To serve)
ColorsYellow     
March"Himno UME"
AnniversariesOctober 7
Websitewww.mde.es/ume
Commanders
Commander in ChiefKing Felipe VI
Unit CommanderLt General Miguel Alcañiz Comas
Insignia
GuidonGuidon of the UME.svg
Aircraft flown
BomberCanadair CL-215
Utility helicopterEurocopter EC135
TransportEurocopter AS532 Cougar

The Military Emergencies Unit (Spanish: Unidad Militar de Emergencias, UME; IPA: [uniˈðað miliˈtaɾ ðe emeɾˈxenθjas]) is a branch of the Spanish Armed Forces responsible for providing disaster relief throughout Spain mainly, and abroad if required. It is the newest branch of the Spanish Armed Forces.

History[edit]

The decision to create the Military Emergencies Unit was agreed upon at a cabinet meeting of the Zapatero administration on October 7, 2005.[1] This was enacted in law by the Real Decreto 416/2006 (Royal Decree 416/2006) on April 11, 2006.[2]

Missions[edit]

  1. Intervention during emergencies that have their origin in natural hazards; among these are floods, spill-overs, earthquakes, land slides, large snow storms and other adverse weather conditions.
  2. Intervention fighting forest fires.
  3. Intervention during emergencies derived from technological hazards; among which are chemical, nuclear, radiological and biological hazards
  4. Intervention during emergencies as a consequence of terrorist attacks or illicit or violent acts, including those acts against critical infrastructures, dangerous installations or with nuclear, biological, radiological or chemical agents.
  5. Intervention during situations of environmental contamination.
  6. Intervention during any other emergency deemed appropriate by the Prime Minister of Spain.

Organisation[edit]

The UME consists of Headquarters (Unidad de Cuartel General, UCG), five emergency intervention battalions (Batallon de Intervención en Emergencias, BIEM), a support regiment (Regimiento de Apoyo a Emergencias, RAEM), a communications battalion (Batallón de Transmisiones, BTUME) and an aerial group (Agrupación de Medios Aéreos, AGRUMEDA)

Name Headquarters Areas Served
BIEM I Torrejón de Ardoz Air Base Ávila, Segovia, Madrid, Cáceres, Guadalajara, Cuenca, Ciudad Real, Toledo, Cáceres
BIEM II Morón Air Base Badajoz, Huelva, Sevilla, Cádiz, Málaga, Córdoba, Jaén, Granada, Jaén, Ceuta, Melilla, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, La Gomera, El Hierro, Lanzarote, La Palma, Tenerife
BIEM III Bétera Albacete, Murcia, Alicante, Valencia, Castellón, Balearic Islands
BIEM IV Zaragoza Air Base Biscay, Guipúzcoa, Álava, La Rioja, Soria, Navarre, Zaragoza, Huesca, Teruel, Lleida, Tarragona, Barcelona, Girona
BIEM V San Andrés del Rabanedo Pontevedra, A Coruña, Lugo, Ourense, Asturias, Cantabria, León, Zamora, Salamanca, Valladolid, Palencia, Burgos
Name Headquarters
UCG Torrejón de Ardoz Air Base
RAEM
BTUME
AGRUMEDA

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See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "RESOLUCIÓN de 19 de enero de 2006, de la Subsecretaría, por la que se da publicidad al Acuerdo de Consejo de Ministros por el que se crea la Unidad Militar de Emergencias (UME)". Boletín Oficial del Estado.
  2. ^ "Real Decreto 416/2006, de 11 de abril, por el que se establece la organización y el despliegue de la Fuerza del Ejército de Tierra, de la Armada y del Ejército del Aire, así como de la Unidad Militar de Emergencias". Boletín Oficial del Estado.

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