10 countries took part in the 7th International Disaster Management School organized by the Belarus Red Cross Society

Volunteers and representatives of National Societies from Bulgaria, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Iran, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Ukraine, Russia and Belarus participated in the 7th International Disaster Management School supported by the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), Danish Red Cross and UNHCR Belarus.

This event was organized by the Belarus Red Cross Society (BRCS) in cooperation with the Ministry of Emergency Situations and Ministry of Internal Affairs of Belarus. It took place at the base of the Institute for Retraining and Advanced Training under the Belarus Ministry of Emergency Situations from 25 to 29 July 2018 near Borisov.  The topic of this year’s International School is migration.

Olga Mychko, BRCS Secretary General: “Migration is a global issue today. This is the area of concern not only for governmental agencies and systems, but also for our national Red Cross society and civil society. That is why this year International Disaster Management School focused on migration issue. Initiated by BRCS our country became a platform for exchanging experiences among representatives of different National Societies. The core objective of this year event is to establish the mechanisms of interaction between governmental agencies, which are responsible for migration issues, as well as to work over the activities of the Red Cross.”

The official opening was held on 25 July with participation of representatives of IFRC, ICRC, Danish Red Cross, Swiss Red Cross, IOM, UNHCR, UNFPA, members of the House of the Representatives of the National Assembly of Belarus, representatives of the Ministry of Emergency Situations of Belarus, Ministry of Internal Affairs of Belarus, Ministry of Information of Belarus.

At the official opening, Vitaliy Dembovsky, Deputy Head of the Minsk city department of the Ministry of Emergency Situations of Belarus, presented awards to BRCS representatives for their long-term and productive cooperation with the Ministry of Emergency Situations in the area of population protection in emergencies. The awards were presented on behalf of Vladimir Vashchenko, Minister of Emergency Situations of Belarus, to the following representatives of BRCS:

- Badge of the Ministry of Emergency Situations of the Republic of Belarus «For cooperation» was presented to Elena Fadeeva, Chairperson of Minsk city branch of BRCS;

- Anniversary medal «160 years of fire department» was presented to Andrey Bogdanov, chief specialist of the Minsk city branch of BRCS.

The central event of the School was 24 hours long simulation exercise with the circumstances as realistic as possible. In accordance with this year scenario the teams addressed the issue of a large number of displaced persons.

The participants of the School set up a transit camp and organized temporary accommodation centres, assisted injured people, provided first aid, psychological support, as well as ensured restoring family links with their relatives. Additionally, the teams participated in rescue operations in cases of different types of transport accidents, also, in fire-fighting situations, searching for people lost in the forest, water rescue services and rescue people from building rubble. Additionally, the participants learned how to work with the media in emergency situations.

 

At the end, different master classes of experts were conducted and representatives of National Societies shared experiences from their own countries. 

Daria Grechischeva, a volunteer of the Ukrainian Red Cross Society and a participant of the 7th International Disaster Management School: “One of my goals is to make our society safer. And in this respect I consider such activity as crucial and necessary. In Ukraine national trainings on responding to emergencies are conducted on a regular basis.  This is great that Belarus provides us with an opportunity to share experiences and to improve our skills. I would like to mention, that in my country various groups of volunteers of the Ukrainian Red Cross Society monitor the situation during public events. There are people in need of our assistance, including wound management and cardio-pulmonary resuscitation.”