Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service helping to develop natural disaster e-learning resource

Officers from Northumberland Fire and Rescue service will attend a meeting in Lithuania as part of a European project to develop education and training on natural disasters.

The project, externally funded by the EU, involves six partners in the development of an e-learning platform which teaches users about the prevention, preparedness and response to natural disasters.

Partners of the e-PPR project will meet in Vilnius, Lithuania, on Monday 8 February to present and discuss the educational content of the resource.

The e-learning programme includes four modules which are tailored to target primary and secondary students, adults and fire and rescue services about the prevention, preparedness and response to floods, storms, heat waves and wildfires.

The e-PPR partnership is an initiative of Frederikssund-Halsnæs Fire & Rescue Service in Denmark and in collaboration with National College “Vasile Goldis” in Romania; Lohusuu School in Estonia; Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service; Vilnius County Fire and Rescue Board in Lithuania and the City Council of Alcalá de Guadaíra, Spain.

The group last met in June 2015 where partners came together at Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service headquarters in West Hartford.
Alex Bennett, Chief Fire Officer, Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service, said: “We’re delighted to be involved in the development of this unique programme that will help to protect residents in the occasion of a natural disaster.

“The e-learning platform is the first of its kind which brings together the knowledge and expertise of partners from across Europe and we hope that the interactive resource will be successful in educating both residents and front line staff.”

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
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