3.2 Addressing common security challenges
SOS-Rescue Foundation (Podkarpackie Voivodeship, Poland)
Lviv Regional Control and Rescue Service of Tourist-sports Association of Ukraine (Lviv Oblast, Ukraine)
Mountain Volunteer Search and Rescue – Bieszczady Group (Podkarpackie Voivodeship, Poland)
Ustrzyki Dolne Commune (Podkarpackie Voivodeship, Poland)
In recent years, tourism and thus the number of rescue interventions have grown significantly in the Bieszczady Mountains – higher number of tourists results in the higher risk of potential accidents. The reason lies in the lack of rescue systems, so the main challenge is to reduce the mobilization time and rise the effectiveness of cross-border rescue actions in the Bieszczady region.
With a view to the safety of people, the SOSRescue project partners will undertake joint establishment of coordination and training centres on both sides of the border. The first one of the most modern facilities in Europe, will be created in adapted ex-school building in Równia in Poland. It will guarantee complex support for rescue teams (trainings, general condition and health, recovery of injured and exhausted rescuers). On the Ukrainian side similar rescue centre will be developed in Slavsko. A new information point created there, will provide tourists and local citizens with safety hints in the mountains. Moreover, within the project the partners will be equipped with advanced rescue devices, including operational vehicles, medical equipment, evacuation tools, water rescue services, GPS and software, avalanche rescue kits and drones with thermal cameras. Both Centres will gain new IT system for coordinating cross-border rescue operations as well fully compatible with new equipment. Finally, the training courses for rescue action coordinators, rescuers and firefighters will be carried out. Thematic meetings in Poland and Ukraine will increase public awareness about safety, rescue and first aid in the mountains.
Joint creation of emergency centres and procedures followed by trainings will allow to increase the effectiveness of trans-border rescue actions. In the consequence the operations’ mobilization time will be shorter translating directly into a higher level of security and protection for people in the cross-border region of Bieszczady in Poland and Ukraine.
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