GEA – Mother Earth – is a group of search & rescue, ecology and social campaigns, founded in 1994 within Aktiffelsefe Cultural Association organization and comprising entirely of volunteer members.

GEA Team performs search and rescue operations in all life-threatening disasters in national and international territories to reach to people trapped under debris due to the disaster and continues medical and humanitarian aid activities in disaster areas.

GEA is a member of INSARAG (International Search and Rescue Advisory Group) since 1999.

GEA Objective of Foundation and Principles

  • To help people affected from disasters, without making any discrimination regarding their religion, language, sex, race, social status etc.
  • To improve preparedness for natural and environmental disasters.
  • To transform energies of individuals into a constructive form in social terms.
  • To combine volunteerism, citizenship, cooperation and volunteer service values with active operations.
  • To enhance individual capacities to ensure integrity with the nature.
  • To organize activities to protect the world we live in, considering the fact that human is a part of nature.

Short History of GEA

Having signed a protocol with Turkish General Directorate of Civil Defense in 1999, GEA has arranged its standards in accordance with the standards of United Nations (INSARAG).  Getting trainings from General Directorate of Civil Defense since 1999, team members also took search & rescue trainings and performed drills with Civil Defense teams inJapanand RAPID UK Team inUK. GEA took trainings from UK, Japanese, and German Civil Defense Teams and with El Salvador Army and also gave trainings to various civil defense organizations in line with the invitations received from Thailand, Indonesia, Austria, France, Spain, USA, Greece and Mexico. GEA executed emergency collaboration protocols and communication agreements with official civil defense teams and NGOs in 22 countries demonstrating disaster risk.

About GEA

· 19 Branches
· 1.115 Volunteer Members
· 112 International Operation Members
· 246 National Operation and Support Team Members


    1. 1996, Kırıkkale Plant Explosion Operation
    2. 1997,KırklareliForestFire Operation
    3. 1998,IstanbulForestFire Operation
    4. 1999, Marmara Earthquake Operation
    5. 1999,TaiwanEarthquake Operation
    6. 1999, Düzce Earthquake Operation
    7. 1999, İzmit Earthquake Aftershock Operation
    8. 2001,El SalvadorEarthquake Operation
    9. 2001,GuatemalaEarthquake Aftershock Operation
    10. 2001,IndiaEarthquake Operation
    11. 2002, Afyon Earthquake Operation
    12. 2003, Bingöl Earthquake Operation
    13. 2003,Algeria Earthquake Operation
    14. 2003, Burgazada Fire Operation
    15. 2003, Beth Israel Synagogue Explotion Operation
    16. 2003, HSBC Bank and U KConsulate Explosion Operations
    17. 2004,IranEarthquake Operation
    18. 2004,Konya Zümrüt Apartment Collapse Operation
    19. 2004,Morocco Earthquake Operation
    20. 2004, Pamukova Train Accident Operation
    21. 2004, Gebze Train Accident Operation
    22. 2004,South Asia– Sri Lanka Tsunami Disaster Operation – 1
    23. 2005,South Asia– Sri Lanka Tsunami Disaster Operation – 2
    24. 2005,South Asia– Sri Lanka Tsunami Disaster Operation – 3
    25. 2005,PakistanEarthquake Operation
    26. 2006,Bursaİntam Housing Blocks Collapse Operation
    27. 2006,Philippines LandSlide Operation
    28. 2007,Zeytinburnu Building Collapse Operation
    29. 2007,Şirinevler Building Collapse Operation
    30. 2008,Olimpos Fire Operation
    31. 2009,Eskişehir Explosion Operation
    32. 2009,Marmara Flood Disaster Operation
    33. 2009,Indonesia Earthquake Operation
    34. 2010,Haiti Earthquake Operation
    35. 2010,Elazığ Earthquake Operation
    36. 2010,PakistanFlood Operation
    37. 2011,Ankara Ostim Explosion Operation
    38. 2011,Japan Bridgeof Love
    39. 2011,Van Erciş Earthquake Operation
    40. 2011,Van Edremit Earthquake Operation
    41. 2014,Bosnia and Herzegovina Flood Operation
    42. 2014,Soma Mine Disaster Search and Rescue Operation
    43. 2015,Nepal Earthquake Operation
    44. 2015,Nepal Medical and Humanitarian Aid Operation
    45. 2015,Üsküdar Building Collapse Operation
    46. 2016,Ekvador Medical and Humanitarian Aid Operation