Synergising European Volunteer Rescue Teams - A Re..
Synergising European Volunteer Rescue Teams - A Rescue Operations Manual
Date du début: 1 sept. 2015,
Date de fin: 31 août 2017
Context/background of the project
Europe has a number of rescue teams which provide assistance to the general public in cases of emergencies. These rescue organisations work on a voluntary basis and provide training to their volunteers to equip them with the necessary knowledge of how to act in a particular situation. Currently, the working methods that are used by our volunteers during these rescue operations is not harmonised. Therefore volunteers coming from one organisation may handle a emergency situation differently from the volunteers of another European rescue organisation. This creates problems when our organisations would need to mobilise their volunteers in order to meet the increasing demands for assistance.
Objectives of the project
Following the above-mentioned problem, six organisations have come up with the idea of creating what is being referred to as the Rescue Operations Manual which will contain one common working method that should be adopted for every discipline that will be targeted in this project. In fact, it can be stated that the main objective of this project is to bring together these six participant organisations in order to devise this Rescue Operations Manual that will eventually be taken up by all these organisations to harmonise the manner by which volunteers act when they are involved in rescue missions. By virtue of this Manual, each participating organisation will alter and amend its training structures in order to make it fit the instructions that will be included in the Manual. Ultimately, by adopting one common system of how volunteers should tackle a situation, the participating organisations would be in a position to mobilise their volunteers according to the needs.
Number and profile of participants
The participants for this project include the applicant organisation (EFRU) together with six partners from Italy, Portugal, Greece, UK and Cyprus. Every organisation will appoint a Project Coordinator that will be responsible for the overall management of the project. Also, aside from the latter persons, each organisation will appoint 2 Key Persons and a Manager. The 2 Key Persons will be experts in the disciplines that will be tackled. Moreover, the Managers will be responsible for the development of the Rescue Operations Manual. More specifically, each Manager will be responsible for a particular discipline. It is safe to state that the 2 Key Persons and the Managers will be working closely together in order to achieve the goal of this project.
Methodology and Description of activities:
1) 5 Transnational Meetings: During these meetings the Key Persons and the Managers will have time to discuss the disciplines that will be targeted by this project. In some (but not all) of the meetings the Project Coordinators will be involved. Also for the last transnational meeting only the Managers will be involved.
2) 2 Simulation activities: The first simulation will be carried out after the first transnational meeting and its scope will be to bring together volunteers from all over Europe to assign to them different situations whereby they would have to provide assistance as happens in real life. Their behaviour and interaction will be noted and this will be used to help the Managers devise the best possible working methods to be included in the Manual. On the other hand,the second simulation will be held after the last meeting and exactly before the Conference in order to test the results of this project.
3) A Conference: This will be held at the very end of the project to publish this Manual and give a copy to all those attending and this activity will also serve a means to make public the results of this project. In fact the media will also be invited to attend this Conference.
The result of this project will be the Rescue Operations Manual and consequently the volunteers that will participate in the training courses that are based on the instructions of the Manual will be given a certificate to certify that they are qualified to act in line with the working methods of the Manual. The volunteers will acquire new skills because the working methods that will be devised in the Manual will focus on safety and practicality. Therefore volunteers will be more equipped to deal with the emergency situations when they are involved in rescue missions.
The impact of this project will be felt by the participating organisations, the volunteers and society in general. We believe that the extended impact of this project will be felt consequent to this project when rescue organisations will take the appropriate action to amend their training structures in order to make them fit the instructions provided in the Manual. The volunteers will then start to operate on the basis of these instructions and this will provide the same organisations with the possibility of mobilising their volunteers from one country to another.
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