3.2 Addressing common security challenges
The Association of Local Governments of Euroregion Bug (Lubelskie Voivodeship, Poland)
Municipal Establishment Development Agency of Euroregion Bug (Volyn Oblast, Ukraine)
Charitable Foundation Ihor Palytsia “Tilky Razom” (Volyn Oblast, Ukraine)
Travel safety on the Polish-Ukrainian border area is one of the burning problems, determined by the poor state of roads and vehicles used there. The traffic in this region is growing constantly, enhancing the risk of dangerous situations. The severe accidents occur often outside the cities, far from the professional help services location. Only volunteer fire brigades operate here, quickly reaching the place and providing first aid to the victims.
The PUFL project supports the volunteer emergency units in updating the equipment and training their rescuers for safe and protection of road users in Lubelskie Voivodeship and Volyn Oblast. Within the project the improvement of rescue and fire-fighting systems will be proceed by 32 Volunteer Fire Departments in Poland and 15 local, newly created fire brigades in Ukraine. To bring appropriate first aid to the victims of accidents the units will be equipped with medical rescue bags, vests, pneumatic lifts, lightweight spreaders, hydraulic shears and other tools. Subsequently, certified trainings, conferences, joint field exercises and study visits for almost 500 rescuers from both countries will be provided strengthening their professional skills as well as constituting cooperation and know-how exchange. The educational campaign “Safe Pedestrian” on first aid and safety road behavior provided by the fire-fighters in Polish and Ukrainian primary schools will result in higher awareness within local inhabitants.
Thanks to the project implementation the service quality of volunteers fire-fighters departments in the Polish-Ukrainian borderland will be improved. Training and equipping them with basic rescue devices will allow to better, more effective saving lives of people experiencing traffic accidents. Local communities in this area will be able to count on quick and effective help. Time and professionalism often decide about the chances of survival.
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