Synergising European Volunteer Rescue Teams: A Rescue Manual

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Project Timeline

Timeline:

 

13th – 16th November 2015 – Transnational Meeting No. 1 in Portugal:

Introductory meeting with all partners’ Project Managers & Coordinators to set the framework of the project.

 

5th – 10th February 2016 – 5 Day Training Activity in Malta:

Inter-team training activities in the form of rescue simulations were organised to practise and develop interoperability among individuals and teams. Management aspects in rescue were covered by an experienced Serve On (UK) trainer.

 

22nd – 24th Apr 2016 – Transnational Meeting No. 2 in Italy:

With the principal aim of the project being that of harmonising training and working procedures between European volunteer rescue teams, a volunteer’s rescue manual was developed. This manual provides an awareness to the new volunteer and covers four main rescue disciplines. Each discipline has been assigned a chapter in the manual. A fifth chapter was added to cover the basics and common information. This chapter is split into two sections, one covering the principles and the other covering skills, techniques and equipment. The five chapters are therefore the following:

1. Basic Rescue
  o The Principles
  o Skills, Techniques and Equipment
2. Collapsed Structure Rescue
3. Rope Rescue
4. Water and Flood Rescue
5. Wildfire Response

Chapters were assigned to different partner organisations to be developed, after the basic outline for each chapter was discussed during this meeting.

 

8th – 10th July 2016 – Transnational Meeting No. 3 in Malta:

The teams met again for the third Transnational Meeting to present to each other the initial drafts of each chapter and get initial peer feedback. This meeting also marked the initial discussions on the design proposals for the manual. Each chapter was then reviewed in detail by each partner organisation, passing the feedback to the authors to further improve their chapter.

 

23rd – 25th September 2016 – Transnational Meeting No. 4 in the UK:

The chapters were presented once more in the fourth transnational meeting to finalise the content of the chapters from a technical perspective. The organisations were also provided with instructions to prepare visual material in preparation for the design phase.

The time between the fourth and fifth meeting saw the first detailed discussions with the manual designer, while in parallel, the editor started to edit each chapter, passing the feedback to the authors for any actions needed from their side, before sending the revised chapter back to the editor.

 

27th – 29th January 2017 – Transnational Meeting No. 5 in Greece:

Edited material was reviewed and discussed between the editor and the teams in workshops. The fourth chapter, which was ready from the design phase, was presented to the participants to show how the final product will look. Feedback gathered will serve to guide the designer in the rest of the chapters in preparation for printing.

 

Latest News:

The current status of the chapters is as follows:

Chapter

Editing
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Author
Review

Proof
reading

Design

1.1

Done

Done

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1.2

Done

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2

Done

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3

Done

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4

Done

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5

Done

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Upcoming Events:

11th – 14th May 2017 – Multiplier Event in Malta:

The multiplier event to publicise the outcome of this project and mark the project conclusion is a full day conference to be held on Saturday the 13th of May 2017. Alongside this important activity, the project’s lead organisation is organising a series of opportunities for attendees to network with other organisations in social events and work alongside one another in simulated rescue scenarios. Therefore, on Friday 12th May 2017, the EFRU is organising a five (5) hour rescue simulation which aims to promote interoperability among individuals of different organisations, coming from different nations around the EU and beyond. The conference will be the climax of this whole event. It will see the launch of the project’s intellectual output, the Volunteer’s Rescue Manual to volunteers and key stakeholders beyond the involved partner organisations of the project. Keynote speeches relating to the role of the rescue volunteer, the volunteer rescue team and the rescuer, in general, shall also be presented.

If you are interested in attending this conference kindly send an email immediately to [email protected] for further information. Places are already very limited.

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