County hosts Euro fire teams for life-saving project

14 Aug 2015

Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS) staff playing a key role in an ambitious project to save lives during natural disasters have hosted their EU counterparts.
 
NFRS is one of six agencies in the European Union supporting a two-year scheme to create an online resource helping people prepare for natural disasters and emergencies.
 
The innovative project is called “e-Learning for the Prevention, Preparedness and Response to Natural Disasters” and, along with NFRS, involves partners from Denmark, Romania, Estonia, Lithuania and Spain.
 
The meeting in Northumberland was a key part of the project as the European teams presented the educational content they have developed during the last few months.
 
Partners from the education sector from Estonia and Romania also showed their proposals on how to adapt the content for primary school children and secondary school students and how the on-line package may look when complete.
 
The partners have now evaluated the work done so far and planned the activities, including translation and adaptation for the upcoming months before the next meeting at the beginning of 2016 in Lithuania.
 
The delegates also had the opportunity to visit some of the most popular places in Northumberland including Alnwick Castle and Gardens, Northumberlandia, and the coast and castles road through the villages of Alnmouth and Warkworth.
 
Dave Ledger, Deputy Leader of Northumberland County Council, with responsibility for NFRS, said: “It’s fantastic to see this project coming together which will ultimately benefit millions of people across Europe.
 
“I had the privilege of attending one of the project sessions and saw first hand the contribution countries from across the EU are putting into this life-saving work.”
 
Once the project is complete the plan is to trial the e-learning packages in schools and fire stations in Northumberland before it goes Europe wide.
 
For more information about the e-PPR project, visit www.e-ppr.eu
 
The project is co-funded by the European Commission within the framework of the Erasmus + Programme.