MH17: What is the DVI Team?

The Disaster Victims Identification (DVI) process was held in Korpraal van Oudheusdenkazerne, Hilversum Military camp, situated about 30 km from Amsterdam, dedicated for military medical education and training. It was the chosen site as it is able to provide security, safety and confidentiality to the DVI personnel, victim remains, database and classified information. The DVI personnel were accommodated in army barracks within walking distance from the operation facility. A multipurpose hall was converted into a temporary mortuary. A parade square nearby was converted into a temporary refrigerated body storage area. Multiple cold storage containers were arranged on the parade square to store the coffins of victim remains.

The MH17 DVI Operation is an international organization, headed by Mr Arie de Bruin from LTFO (Landelijk Team Forensische Opsporing) Netherlands and Mr Attila Commander from BKA [Bundeskriminalamt (Federal Criminal Police Office)] Germany. They were assisted by Executive Officers of (a) logistic and accommodation, (b) Ante-mortem (AM) Process, (c) post-mortem (PM) Process, (d) Reconciliation process and (e) Release Process . The other countries involved in the MH17 operation were Malaysia, Belgium, United Kingdom, Australia, Germany and Indonesia. The team leaders of the 6 countries were officially appointed as executive officers in the DVI MH17 Organisation.

The Protocol used in MH17 operation was that of INTERPOL DVI Protocol, internationally recognised DVI protocol. The software used was developed by INTERPOL AND is able to match antemortem and postmortem data to speed up the reconciliation processes.

The Ministry of Health salutes the DVI team and also the local psychosocial team and the Crisis Preparedness and Response Centres (CRPC) for the hard work, professionalism and dedication.



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