Spanish start for new life-saving fire project

Staff from across Europe meeting in Spain.
Staff from across Europe meeting in Spain.

Fire chiefs from the county have been sharing experience and expertise with European counterparts as part of a project aimed at saving lives.

Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS) is one of six agencies in the European Union chosen to support a two-year scheme to create an online resource helping people prevent, prepare and respond to disasters, and staff from NFRS have now had their first meeting with their peers.

This innovative project is called “e-Learning for the Prevention, Preparedness and Response to Natural Disasters” and, along with NFRS, involves partners from Denmark, Romania, Estonia, Lithuania and Spain.

The first meeting was held in Alcalá de Guadaíra, Spain, with participants working on the development of the educational content for the project, reviewing what’s been done so far by each organisation and sharing feedback and advice.

The group visited a local emergency centre and learned more about educational campaigns delivered in the South of Spain to help keep the public safe from fire.

Dave Ledger, Deputy Leader of Northumberland County Council, with responsibility for NFRS, said: “It’s great that a project which could benefit millions of people across Europe is now underway.

“It’s also going to be of great use within Northumberland as the plan is to trial the e-learning packages in schools in the county before it goes Europe wide. We look forward to welcoming the group to the county later this year.”

The next project meeting will be held in Northumberland in July where the partners will learn more about how NFRS and other organisations prepare, plan and respond to natural disasters and emergencies.

The partners will also review and discuss the first full draft versions of the e-learning packages.

The project is co-funded by the European Commission within the framework of the Erasmus + Programme.