County plays host to Euro-wide fire project

Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS) staff playing a key role in an ambitious project to save lives during natural disasters are playing host to 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 prevent, prepare and respond to disasters.
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.
Next week on June 29 the second transnational meeting of the project will take place at NRFS HQ in West Hartford, Cramlington.
The four-day visit in Northumberland will be a key part of the project as the Fire and Rescue organisations will present the educational content of the e-learning modules they have developed during the last few months.
Following the presentations, partners will then discuss and plan the next step of the project: the adaptation of the educational content to each target group. 
Dave Ledger, Deputy Leader of Northumberland County Council, with responsibility for NFRS, said: “It’s a great honour that the county is playing a key role in a project which could benefit millions of people across Europe.
“As well as working on the educational content, it is also a fantastic opportunity to showcase our county to visitors from a range of countries.”
Once the project is complete the plan is to trial the e-learning packages in schools in Northumberland before it goes Europe wide.
The project is co-funded by the European Commission within the framework of the Erasmus + Programme.
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