3.2 Addressing common security challenges
City of Siedlce (Mazowieckie Voivodeship, Poland)
Department of State Emergency Service of Ukraine in the Volyn Region (Volyn Oblast, Ukraine)
Korczew Commune (Mazowieckie Voivodeship, Poland)
City Command of the State Fire Brigade in Siedlce (Mazowieckie Voivodeship, Poland)
Protecting naturally valuable areas is an important aspect of rescue operations on the Polish-Ukrainian borderland (e.g. “NATURA 2000” area, Bug River, etc.). The rescue teams located there are facing various threats, such as large forest fires, chemical contamination, floods as well as epidemiological and ecological threats. Their work is limited via wrong coordination between different rescue services and low accessibility to professional trainings resulting in a long reaction time of rescue operations.
The COORDINATION project was created to increase safety of residents establishing new, fully equipped complexes to conduct specialized trainings and exchange experiences by fire and rescue units in the cross-border area of Poland and Ukraine. In their premises, in Siedlce and Lutsk, the most realistic conditions on saving people, extinguishing fires, chemical and ecological rescue will be simulated for common actions of firefighters from Poland and Ukraine improving their skills and settling preventive and operation procedures. In addition, all partners will purchase new equipment, including fire-trucks (ecological rescue, reconnaissance, water rescue, anti-gas/anti-smoke), defibrillators, high-pressure compressors, etc. Moreover, special regional base of extinguishing agents, sorbents and neutralizers to prevent ecological disasters will be set up in both countries. To spread the knowledge about first aid and promote attitudes in emergency situations among local residents an open-air event and classes in schools will be organized in Siedlce.
Creating a modern infrastructure, providing updated equipment and extensive trainings will increase the safety of the firefighters during rescue operations. By tightening the cooperation the partners will have an opportunity to coordinate their actions which will significantly reduce the reaction time and losses. Finally, the project will contribute to a higher safety level of the residents, properties and the environment in the cross-border area of Poland and Ukraine.
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