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Newsletter May 2009

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Welcome to European Union project CoSafe.

 Cooperation for Safety in sparsely populated areas

Within the CoSafe project homepage you can find information about the project, activities, participants, contact addresses, news, and a photo gallery with pictures from the different meetings and scenarios.

A number of scenarios were discussed and an aircraft accident, a bus accident, and a ship accident were chosen to be analyzed. A questionnaire about these scenarios have been answered.

One of the scenarios was a bus crash, involving two buses:

Time of year and time of day: Early winter (December), 16:30 on a Saturday
Weather: Darkness, -1º C, locally light snowfall mixed with freezing rain, icing on roads in the crash area. Limited visibility.
”Two buses meet head-on on a 2 lane highway, one bus with tourists travelling south and the other with school children ages 7-15 years. The buses collide head on at high speed on a narrow icy road. During the violent impact, one side of each of the buses is torn open.
Bus #1 rolls and ends up in the drainage ditch beside the road.
Bus #2 remains upright though ends up perpendicular to the road.
In Bus #1, there are 40 German, French, and Swedish tourists, and in Bus # 2,
there are 30 school-aged children from the capital city.
Crash site and surroundings: Local highway, there is a 2.5 hour road transport time to the nearest hospital with surgical resources as well as resources for monitoring and stabilisation.

The figure shows responses from participating countries concerning critical factors when responding to an accident in a sparsely populated area. The long distances involved for transport as well as limited resources and personnel are reported as most limiting.

The questionnaire responses from each participant are now analysed. Each participant also provides a report and a summary of their own national response system and ‘management’. We will expand the questionnaire soon in order to assess and collect responses to some things which might have ‘slipped through the gaps’ in the first instance.

The next Work Shop will be in Scotland Western Isles, September 24-25-26, 2009

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