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 Finnish team
The 5th CoSafe
Work Shop was held at the Emergency Service College (ESC) in Kuopio,
Finland between 22nd and 24th of September 2010.
day meeting included the project work shop, a tour at the ESC where
partners got the opportunity to look at the education and training
system for fire fighters, dispatchers, civil defense and other
emergency operations in Finland.
The CoSafe partners were
invited to participate and observe the final trial of the COPE
project, which is an ongoing EU 7th framework project aiming at
Common Operational Picture Exploitation in crisis situations.
During the trial the attendants had a chance to explore an
exhibition with different products, clothing systems and posters
provided by the CoSafe project.
A hypothermia rescue unit
was also introduced. The other objective of introducing these
projects to each other was to share experiences and establish new
networks between partners during a lake cruise as well as in the
smoke sauna, which both are traditional Finnish ways of making new
Report from the Icelandic
The main work during the last
weeks was focused upon the results of questionnaire II. The results
are now presented in a special report “Preparedness and knowledge of
rescue workers in Finland, Sweden, Iceland and Scotland”. The report
was presented to the CoSafe partners at our meeting in Kuopio in
Finland in September 2010.
In addition we have been working
on an article which is based on the summaries of the participating
countries concerning different rescue systems in their area.
The final report Rescue services in the Rural Areas of Iceland,
Scotland, Finland and Sweden is now at its end stage and we are in
the process of deciding where to publish the descriptive report.
The Icelandic partner got a representative from the department
of civil protection to attend at meeting in Kuopio.
The focus in the next weeks will be to finish all
requested reports and prepare an introductory booth at the
international conference in Reykjavík RESCUE 2010 /
of having this introductory booth is to present the CoSafe project
and answer questions concerning the project as needed.
conference like this is very important in terms of presenting our
work and introducing the project to one of the target groups, which
in this case will be the rescue people.
Report from the Scottish team
The Scottish partner has continued to work with its products and
services; clothing and the ultrasonic stethoscope have been ‘cold’
tested by the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health and the
results made available at the workshop in Kuopio. The Katie
stretcher will be tested in the future. A recent Integrated
Emergency Management (IEM) course organised by the Highland and
Islands Strategic Coordinating Group held on 29th September 2010 in
the Caberfeidh Hotel Stornoway used the CoSafe bus crash scenario
for the practical desk top exercise. A further IEM exercise in will
be held in Benbecula at a later date. We continue to hold Local
Project meetings and are in the process of arranging a local CoSafe
meeting to inform people of the outcome of the project. This is
planned for March/April 2011 after the final workshop in Sweden.
from the Swedish team
The Swedish team
participated in a Lead Partner seminar September 8 in Bunratty,
Irland. The seminar was organized by the Northern Periphery Program
(NPP) secretariat and the Managing Authority (MA) and addressed the
Final Reports for the project.
The seminar was a good
opportunity for the CoSafe team to share experiences and to network
with other NPP projects.
desk officer Rachel Burn visited us September 20 and we got positive
feed-back on both our project and our products and services. It was
clear however that we need to do more work on marketing our products
During our workshop in Kuopio we decided that
we will make marketing cards to address this matter and we will also
update our homepage with more information.
The Swedish team presented a finished (beta) version of
the GUIDE application and a prototype of the dynamic injury cards in
Kuopio. Further development will be done and the goal is to finish
all products and services to the final meeting in Sweden, February
October 2010 in PDF format for
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