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Development of specialized rope rescue in Georgia

Georgia’s natural conditions make the country susceptible to catastrophes and natural disasters (floods, landslides, earthquakes, hurricanes, fires). In 2014, changes were introduced in the structure of the Georgian fire services. Previously, fire services were subordinated to local authorities. The current structure is very similar to the centralised structure of the State Fire Service in Poland. In the newly established fire protection system, all fire brigades are directly subordinated to the Crisis Management Agency at Georgia’s Ministry of Internal Affairs (known as the Crisis Management Department before the reform). Given the above, there is a need for intensive training of Georgian staff, which upon the project’s completion can continue training on their own in Georgia.

Development of specialized rope rescue in Georgia

The project provided support for high-altitude rescuers working out in the open as well as underground (in wells and canals). The project was addressed to rescuers who actively respond to natural disasters and to management staff responsible for supervising rescuers in Georgia.

The “Development of a specialist high-altitude rescue system in Georgia” project is a continuation of joint actions begun in 2013 by the Main School of Fire Service (SGSP) and the Georgian Crisis Management Agency, aimed at implementing a single coherent fire protection system in the whole country.

The direct aim was to train Georgian rescue services, thereby indirectly improving the sense of security in society. Initiatives taken enabled services responsible for threat response to take safe and effective actions. Properly prepared fire services are important for counteracting power failures, accidents, catastrophes and natural disasters. Technical equipment and specialist training are vital. Transferring knowledge on specialist procedures used in Poland and in the EU creates the groundwork for a system of coordinated actions that ensures security for the population and for firefighters during rescue missions.

Development of specialized rope rescue in Georgia

On 14 and 15 June 2015, three representatives of the Crisis Management Agency of Georgia’s Ministry of Internal Affairs visited Poland. In the course of this visit, an assessment was made of the potential for the Georgian rescue services in the context of project execution. Training curricula were discussed and a list made of specialist equipment to be purchased. Technical aspects of organising training were also established.

From 20 to 27 September 2015, the Main School of Fire Service organised training in high-altitude rescue actions for rescuers of the Georgian fire service, conducted in cooperation with instructors of the National Fire and Rescue System and instructors and rescuers from Rescue and Firefighting Unit No. 7 in Warsaw.

The main training took place on 11 and 12 October 2015 at the training base of Georgia’s Ministry of Internal Affairs. It was attended by six rescuers trained in Poland and 19 new candidates of the Georgian fire service.

In addition, essential equipment for high-altitude actions was purchased and turned over to the Georgian side.