Training and Exercise on protection and rescue from floods for rescue services from Montenegro, Slovenia and the Czech Republic

Within the project DIRECT – DIsaster REsilient Communities and Towns an international demonstration exercise on protection and rescue from floods has been organised today in Podgorica on the Zeta River enabling testing and demonstration of readiness for interventions of 32 rescuers from Montenegro, Slovenia and the Czech Republic on swift waters, in line with the Rescue 3 system.

Before the exercise, a four-day training of rescuers from the three countries on this topic was organised including theoretical and practical parts and during which the participants had the opportunity to learn about contemporary methods of protection and rescue on swift waters from the licensed instructors from Mountain Rescue Service of Croatia.

The training participants who satisfied all the requirements and gained skills of this training, which was assessed by the trainers, will receive internationally recognised certificates Rescue 3.

The project DIRECT is funded by the Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO) of the European Commission (DG ECHO) and implemented by FORS Montenegro and the Directorate for Emergency Management of the Ministry of Interior of Montenegro, in partnership with the Protection and Rescue Service of the Municipality of Kranj from Slovenia, Fire and Rescue Brigade of the Moravian-Silesian Region of the Czech Republic and Czech Association of Fire Officers.

The aim of the project is to improve preparedness of local communities, institutions and services for more efficient response to a growing number of natural and man-made hazards.

Main project activities include trainings for rescuers on protection and rescue in case of fires, floods, earthquakes, etc., field rescue exercises, trainings on Disaster Risk Reduction – DRR, development of evacuation plans for schools and local communities, awareness raising campaign related to disaster risks, study visit to EU, international conferences on DRR, etc.

One of the most important results of the project is the improvement of international cooperation in the area of disaster risk reduction, enabling the exchange of experiences and good practice models, both between the protection and rescue institutions and services and between rescuers who often face the same tasks and challenges in their work.