Developing Rescue Team Dynamics for Effective Operations

November 24, 2021 in General

Earlier this year, EFRU volunteer rescuers took part in a four-day course as part of “Developing Rescue Team Dynamics for Effective Operations” (SIS19/2021). Volunteers participated in theoretical and practical aspects which allowed volunteers to practise team dynamics, learn new skills and improve on their leadership abilities. Volunteers were divided into teams, to participate in several physiological, memory and coordination challenges, all of which improved everyone’s leadership skills, in a team environment. The exercise was concluded under the watchful eyes of the instructors, in a rescue simulation. Thirteen casualties were extricated in just under 3 hours, where the physical and mental capabilities of each individual were put under significant pressure.

Through this exercise, EFRU members achieved better awareness of different ways of leading a team in stressful and traumatic situations, to be able to protect oneself and fellow members from psychological stress that may arise in the circumstances of a real emergency.

This project has been funded by the Small Initiatives Support Scheme (SIS) managed by the Malta Council for the Voluntary Sector (MCVS).