A new e-learning resource on natural disasters has been demonstrated in Northumberland ahead of its full launch.
The EU-funded e-PPR project is an education and training resource on the prevention, preparedness, response and recovery to four different types of natural disaster – flooding, storms, heat waves and wildfires.
Six organisations from across Europe have developed the resource which has separate modules for primary and secondary school students, adults and fire and rescue professionals.
Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service hosted the event to demonstrate and test the resource with teachers, education specialists, civil contingencies officers and fire and rescue officers.
The event was held at West Hartford Community Fire Station where potential users learned more about the e-PPR project, tested some of the different modules and provided feedback to developers.
The e-learning resource will be fully launched in Northumberland in October and will be used in schools and fire and rescue services and will be accessible to the public via the website.
Paul Hedley, Chief Fire Officer at Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service, said: “We’re delighted to have had the opportunity to work alongside some great partner organisations to create this unique learning resource that is going to help residents prepare and stay safe in the event of a natural disaster.
“We received some positive and constructive feedback during our pre-launch event and I’m confident that the resource will have a great uptake in Northumberland and across the UK following the official launch in October.”
Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service has been working as part of the cross-sectoral and cross-border partnership which is an initiative of Frederiksborg Fire & Rescue Service from Denmark and in collaboration with National College Vasile Goldis in Romania, Lohusuu School in Estonia, Vilnius County Fire and Rescue Board in Lithuania and the City Council of Alcalá de Guadaíra in Spain.
The e-PPR project is co-funded by the European Commission within the framework of the Erasmus + Programme. For more information, visit www.e-ppr.eu