3.2 Addressing common security challenges
State Higher Educational Establishment Vasyl Stefanyk Precarpathian National University (Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast, Ukraine)
Mountain Volunteer Search and Rescue Bieszczady Group (Podkarpackie Voivodeship, Poland)
Department of State Emergency Service of Ukraine in Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast (Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast, Ukraine)
University of Warsaw (Mazowieckie Voivodeship, Poland)
High mountain tourism in the Carpathians becomes more and more popular. Along with growing tourists flow in the Ukrainian part it is important to ensure professional rescue service, bringing immediate help to the tourists in trouble. Currently, only one rescue station located on Pip Ivan exists in the Carpathians (Chornohora Mountain Range), but its rescue response is limited due to high location, poor equipment and insufficient staff training.
The PIMReC project will answer the security challenges of Carpathians. Adaptation of historical object of the former astronomical and meteorological observatory on the Pip Ivan peak will be carried out to the needs of the high standard mountain rescue station and training centre. Moreover, the emergency services from Ivano-Frankivsk and Bieszczady are going to buy latest means of rescue, monitoring, and medical equipment extremely effective in high mountains. Polish-Ukrainian trainings and case studies for staff will be organized as well, focusing on modern techniques in different weather conditions. During the workshops the emergency response and interaction mechanisms between the services will be worked-out. Finally, all partners will create the e-platform for the experience exchange on rescue operations and trainings for security teams. Pip Ivan, being one of the highest peak in the Chornohora Mountains is also perfect location for the meteorological devices providing precise weather data, allowing to predict emergencies earlier.
The PIMReC project will enhance the professional skills of mountain rescuers in Ukraine and Poland, reducing their response time. Close cooperation between the partners will result in creation of unified coordination and operation standards of rescue and saving health and life on both sides of the border. Informational preventive campaign provided along will decrease the risk of tourists accidents, improving the Carpathians region attractiveness.
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