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 Swedish team
CoSafe project had its sixth and final meeting in Sweden on the 15th
– 17th of February, 2011. The first two days we had a workshop at
Hotel Källan in Norsjö and the meeting ended with an international
seminar at Hotel Lappland in Lycksele.
Hotel Källan was the
perfect place for the final workshop. It is located in a sparsely
populated area of Västerbotten County and this time of year it is
not uncommon with very cold weather conditions. Our meeting was no
exception and we had -15°C to -30°C during the entire meeting. These
weather conditions provide challenges for public services,
especially rescue operations in our region. The focus for our last
workshop was dissemination, an analysis of project performance and
the final report.
Hotel Källan was the perfect place for the
final workshop. It is located in a sparsely populated area of
Västerbotten County and this time of year it is not uncommon with
very cold weather conditions. Our meeting was no exception and we
had -15°C to -30°C during the entire meeting. These weather
conditions provide challenges for public services, especially rescue
operations in our region. The focus for our last workshop was
dissemination, an analysis of project performance and the final
Our final seminar was held in Lycksele on the
17th of February, 2011 with the title “Major accidents in rural
areas – experiences and results from the CoSafe project”. This
seminar was a good opportunity for us to share the results and
experiences we have obtained during the project period. The
international seminar was attended by nearly 100 participants from 6
countries (Sweden, Finland, Iceland, Scotland, Norway and USA), all
working with issues related to the preparedness and management of
major accidents and disasters. An exhibition had been built up which
presented the results from the CoSafe project and several companies
was invited to display their products. The EU-project “Cross-border
mountain rescue, stage 2” which we have had collaboration with in
the past, attended the meeting and presented their project at the
Report from the
The Finnish CoSafe partners
have disseminated results of the project both nationally and
internationally. Two Finnish partners, Finnish Institute of
Occupational Health and Northern Ostrobothnia Hospital District,
took part in the 6th European Congress on Emergency Medicine, EuSEM
2010, in Stockholm, Sweden, 11-14th of October, 2010. Results of the
casualty protection against cold in prehospital care were presented
in poster presentation. In addition, the results of the CoSafe
project will be published in a national trade journal.
The Finnish partners have been working closely
with two informative booklets; Casualty and Rescue Worker in Cold
and Development of Rescue Process. The aim of the booklets is to
increase awareness of the effects of cold on casualty, prehospital
care, rescue worker and rescue process in Northern periphery areas.
These booklets will be available in paper and pdf format.
The training module, Waiting for the Ambulance,
developed in the project has been used in the Oulu-Koillismaa area
in Finland. The objective of this module is to standardize and
increase the level of the basic rescue services for part time fire
fighters and volunteers when arriving first to a scene of an
incident in the extreme, cold and isolated conditions. So far in
total 75 part time fire fighters, volunteers and professionals have
been trained. In addition, during this spring about 30 persons will
be trained in Oulu-Koillismaa area.
Report from the Icelandic team
The work during the last weeks has been focused upon finishing the
reports on local products and services related to the CoSafe project
plus taking part in our regular national and international meetings.
We have finalised our six fact sheets:
• Rescue Report
summary – to be published in an article later this year.
Results of questionnaire II ““Preparedness and knowledge of rescue
workers in Finland, Sweden, Iceland and Scotland” which identified
that there are gaps in knowledge, communication and equipment
relevant to emergency preparedness. It is recommended that NPP
countries should repeat this study (or parts of it) in order to
improve the deficiencies in equipment, communication and knowledge.
• Reports of major accidents and disasters in the area during this
• Disaster and preparedness plan for the Akureyri
hospital which is a comprehensive and coordinated work on
preparedness plans within the health care settings.
about the successful SNAM exercise in Akureyri in September 2009
• Short guidelines for the customers of TETRA equipment
CoSafe group had a booth at the international congress about search
and rescue - RESCUE 2010- which took place in Reykjavík in October
2010. We presented the project and gained a lot of interest from
local and foreign delegates. We also had inputs in the successful
seminar in Lycksele in February 2011 where we presented the
Icelandic work. The project coordinator also took part in the live
demonstration at the seminar by telling the story of the SNAM
exercise in photos.
The focus in the next
weeks will be to finish all requested reports and start preparing
the final reports and dissemination of the project.
Report from the Scottish team
During the last few months the Scottish partner has been working
on the products, making sure that they were delivered to the Finnish
Institute of Occupational health for testing in the extreme climate
laboratory. The product work sheets have been completed and in
collaboration with the Swedish partner product cards have been
produced for them.
In October a major presentation was made
to the NHS Western Isles Corporate Management Team to keep them up
to date with CoSafe progress.
The Scottish group has been
working on Work Package 5 - Transnational Implementation and
Dissemination of Results. The two major components have
1 The CoSafe Catalogue which has been designed and is in the
process of being finalised for printing.
2 A DVD of the
CoSafe project which is being produced by Ged Yeates, Andrew Cassels
and Annie Cheape. They filmed and interviewed key personnel during
the final workshop and conference. This will be a 15 minute DVD
hosted on YouTube.
One of the Scottish team took part in a
preliminary planning meeting for the final conference, this was held
in Copenhagen at the NPP Headquarters.
This laid the foundation
for what turned out to be a very successful final CoSafe work shop
in Norsjo and conference in Lycksele, four members of the Scottish
A local meeting is being organised for the 7th
April to present the outcome and findings of CoSafe. Local people
will be invited to attend a series of formal presentations and given
the opportunity to ask questions about how the project has been
performed and what has been achieved. It is expected that the CoSafe
Catalogue will be formally launched in Scotland at this meeting.
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