Rescue 2013 – April 2013

May 8, 2013 in U.S.A.R.

On the 27th of April, the Emergency Fire and Rescue Unit participated in an international rescue exercise, ‘RESCUE 2013’, which took place in the commune of Badolato, in the mountainous region of Calabria. Set in an earthquake-prone region in the southern tip of the Italian peninsula, the event organized by Protezione Civile Edelweiss, brought together the efforts of several rescue organisations including the Italian volunteer organization Protezione Civile Edelweiss, the Escola Portuguesa de Salvamento (EPS-SAR) of Portugal, the Emergency Fire and Rescue Unit (EFRU) from Malta, the Croce Rosse Militare from Italy and the CISOM group also from Italy. The EFRU in fact contributed with a team of 10 volunteers.

The exercise consisted of different rescue simulations which focused mainly on modules of USAR (Urban Search and Rescue), Medium-USAR and Confined Space Rescue. The participants were divided into three multinational teams, each of which had to respond to three different calamity scenarios that required various degrees of rescue expertise and teamwork. Each team was led by one of the three leaders of the main participating groups: Edelweiss, EPS-SAR and EFRU respectively. This multinational collaboration was indeed the highlight of this exercise, serving to promote collaboration among different teams as well as to share knowledge and techniques. EFRU volunteers had the opportunity not only to perform in unfamiliar landscapes while enhancing their knowledge and experience, but also to interact with foreign rescue teams using foreign languages and diverse methods towards achieving one same goal, that of safeguarding life.

Iona Muscat
EFRU Rescue Volunteer