Personal Skills Training Course

February 3, 2018 in Informational

Rescue is a tough business and thus, rescuers, more than any other professional, need to be well-equipped with a multitude of skills; not only technical skills related to the rescue in itself, but also non-technical ones that will make the rescuer better prepared on a personal and social level. This, in turn promotes stronger teamwork and a smoother performance when dealing with time-critical and possibly life-threatening situations. These attributes, often termed soft skills, are especially crucial in scenarios where workers have direct contact with casualties and bystanders.  

This is what drew our committee to plan a course that trains its members to become effective rescuers through a holistical approach of addressing the need for becoming more self aware about one’s own soft skills. In October and November 2017, eleven EFRU volunteers had the opportunity to take part in a series of four soft skills training sessions, held at the Unit’s Headquarters and delivered by a professional team from PsyPotential. The attendees learned about a range of core skills such as working with emotional intelligence, understanding non-verbal communication, self-awareness and managing challenging behaviour. Four Girl Guides leaders were invited and participated in these sessions together with the EFRU volunteers and therefore, this gave the opportunity to all parties involved to understand better the role of the EFRU and Girl Guides in local community.

Frankline Lauria, an EFRU Rescuer and First Aid Instructor expressed that:
I think it was a much needed course for us first responders as it helped make us more self-aware in terms of the emotional impact emergency situations can have on us. We also learned how important it is to address such issues.” 
Miriam Cristina, Steering Committee Secretary & Rescuer.




This project has been funded through the Training Initiatives Scheme managed by the Malta Council for the Voluntary Sector.  The content of this publication is the sole responsibility of the EFRU and neither the Training Initiative Scheme, nor the MCVS are liable for any issue arising from the information provided herein.


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