Fire officers from across Europe develop e-learning resource

Fire officers from across Europe have gathered in Lithuania to develop the next stage of an e-learning package that will educate users about natural disasters.

The e-PPR project (e-learning for the prevention, preparedness and response to natural disasters), externally funded by the EU, involves six partners in the development of an e-learning package which teaches users how to react in the event of floods, storms, heat waves and wildfires.

The partners, Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service, Frederiksborg  Fire & Rescue Service in Denmark, National College “Vasile Goldis” in Romania, Lohusuu School in Estonia, Vilnius County Fire and Rescue Board in Lithuania and the City Council of Alcalá de Guadaíra in Spain, gathered together at the Vilnius Emergency Call Centre and Fire and Rescue Team Headquarters to discuss how the content has been tailored to target primary and secondary school students, adults and professionals.

Partners were given a demonstration of the e-learning platform by the National College “Vasile Goldis” and the project group set guidelines for the next phase of the project which will see the modules tested by the end users. The results of the testing will be presented during the next meeting in Denmark in May 2016.

The e-learning platform will be publicly launched in July 2016 at six launch events, one of which will be hosted in Northumberland. Local, regional, national and international stakeholders will be invited to attend the launch to be amongst the first people to see the working platform.

Alex Bennett, Chief Fire Officer, Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service, said: “It’s great to see the e-learning platform making such great progress. The e-PPR is unique because it brings together the expertise of partners from across Europe to engage and protect both residents and front line staff and we’re delighted to be able to contribute to that.”

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