Fire officers attend final meeting of natural disasters project

24 May 2016

Officers from Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service have attended a final meeting in Denmark prior to the launch of a new e-learning resource which will be used across europe.

The e-PPR project (e-learning for the prevention, preparedness and response to natural disasters) is externally funded by the EU and involves six organisations in the development of an education and training resource on natural disasters.

The e-learning resource includes four modules aimed at four different audiences, primary school children, secondary school students, adults and fire and rescue service. Each of the modules covers the prevention, preparedness, response and recovery to four types of natural disasters, flooding, storms, heat waves and wildfires.

The six organisations recently met in Frederikssund and Hillerød (Denmark) as part of the fourth transnational meeting where they discussed results of product testing which each of the partners carried out.

The partners met to discuss necessary improvements to the e-learning platform – the development team will then implement the improvements before making the e-learning platform freely available online for anyone who wishes to use it as Open Educational Resource.

Alex Bennett, Chief Fire Officer at Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service, said: “It’s been a great opportunity to work alongside partners from across Europe to create this unique e-learning resource.

“We’re delighted that we will soon be able to launch the learning platform in Northumberland that will teach residents and staff how to stay safe in the event of a natural disaster.”

Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service has been working as part of the cross-sectoral and cross-border partnership which is an initiative of Frederiksborg Fire & Rescue Service from Denmark and in collaboration with National College “Vasile Goldis” in Romania, Lohusuu School in Estonia Estonia, Vilnius County Fire and Rescue Board in Lithuania and the City Council of Alcalá de Guadaíra in Spain.

The e-PPR project is co-funded by the European Commission within the framework of the Erasmus + Programme.

For more information about the e-PPR project, visit our website www.e-ppr.eu.