Welcome to European Union project CoSafe.
Cooperation for Safety in sparsely populated areas.
In this letter you can find reports
about what is going on in some of the CoSafe teams.
Report from the Icelandic team
during the last weeks has been focused upon finishing the
international conference which was successfully held in Akureyri in
the middle of March 2010. Then the writing up and finishing the
financial and activity report was completed plus we have been taking
part in our regular national and international meetings.
work now is focused upon the results of questionnaire II. The
results will be presented in a special report “Preparedness and
knowledge of rescue workers in Finland, Sweden, Iceland and
Scotland”. The report should be ready soon and presented to the
CoSafe partners in due course. We are also preparing a summary of
the different rescue systems in the participating countries. The
developing work on products and services within the CoSafe project
is ongoing and the national group is taking part as needed e.g.
sending protective rescue clothes to the research institute in Oulu
so they can test the clothes, preparing reports on the applicability
of the TETRA equipment etc.
As many of you know, and many have
been affected by it, the volcano eruption in Eyjafjallajokull has
been ongoing since the CoSafe partners left Iceland on the 20th of
March. The national preparedness for disasters like this has been
activated, at different stages, since the beginning of the eruption.
The CoSafe group will write a small report on this later as part of
major disasters in the participating countries. Those who are
interested in live images of the eruption can follow this link
Report from the Finnish
'WAITING FOR THE AMBULANCE' -
The objective of this training module is to
standardize and increase the level basic rescue services for part
time fire fighters and volunteers once arriving first to a scene of
an incident in extreme, cold and isolated conditions. The focus of
the training is in preparing the patient(s) for transportation and
managing the handover of the patient(s) to the Rescue Services.
The training methods was based on the 'Train the trainers'-
method, eLearning tools, hands on training as well as theory and
practical exercise modules. Theoretical material was produced in
Northern Ostrobothnia Hospital District and in Finnish Institute of
The training was carried out as follows: The
instructors, 8 professionals from Regional rescue services of
Oulu-Koillismaa, were educated at Emergency Services College for two
days (March 2010). After this, the educated instructors carried out
a one day training session for part time fire fighters and
volunteers under the supervision of ESC instructors in Kuusamo
region (April 2010).
According to the participants, feedback
of this course was very important. Nearly all told that this sort of
training is needed, because of the environmental special features.
Northern Finland has difficult areas from large sea side and lakes
to wide forests and rural lands in Lapland. This course also showed
the lack of adequate equipment for rescue operations in the rescue
department. It will be changed in the near future. The course also
raised willingness to organize annual training program improving
knowledge and management of rescue operations in cold and rural
The outcome of the pilot is a course module
containing a structured method for training as well as validated
material for education how to treat patients in cold, isolated and
from the Swedish team
To increase safety for
inhabitants and tourists in the northern region, we have produced a
DVD film showing how to act when the ice breaks. It shows a
snowmobile driver and his actions during and after getting into the
cold water. You can find the DVD on www.cosafe.eu, it will be
translated to English.
We have ongoing discussions with the
other CoSafe teams about how to present the results from
Questionnaire 1 and 2.
The national group is also taking part in
the common tests on rescue personnel clothing and we have sent
clothing to FIOH, Finland for testing.
The GUIDE program will be
further developed in cooperation with the Department of Computer
Sciences, Umeå University. Focus will be on search function,
security, transnationallity (language) and the possibility for users
to enter data into the program themselves. The work on the injury
card is progressing and 12 cases are to be made for dynamic injury
Our new project desk officer Rachel Burn and Niclas
Forsling from the Secretariat in Copenhagen visited Umeå in May 2010
in order to discuss our project. They were presented the products
and services developed so far.
In the beginning of June we are
going to do an exercise in Storuman together with the “Cross-border
Mountain Rescue, stage 2” project. In this exercise we are going to
test different off-road transport solutions for casualties. During
the tests we are going to measure comfort, stress and strain on a
person lying on the stretcher.
The outcome will be written in a
report as users guide for rescue people. The test is done in order
to find out the most convenient way to transport people on a
stretcher off road.
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