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Safe water - improvement of local administration and rescue services activities during water emergencies response in Lviv region

The project was deemed necessary because of the high number of drowning fatalities in the surface waters of Ukraine, the poor organisation of water rescue/lifeguarding structures, the lack of systemic regulations and the lack of simple yet modern lifeguarding equipment, including handheld equipment. The Fire Brigade in the Lviv Oblast is not fully prepared to conduct team or individual rescue operations in aquatic areas. Despite being members of the International Life Saving Federation, non-governmental organisations active in Ukraine in water rescue/lifeguarding do not comply with the international or the European standards. Due to a lack of access to modern technologies, their staff are not properly prepared. Ukraine does not have a developed system of lifeguard training, nor are there any manufacturers of handheld rescue equipment in the country.

Safe water - improvement of local administration and rescue services activities during water emergencies response in Lviv region

In the long term, the aim of the project is to strengthen the capabilities of water rescue services and, consequently, to improve water safety. The project provided for the organisation of a seminar entitled “The water rescue system in the Lviv Oblast” and a training course entitled “The theoretical and practical aspects of safety in aquatic areas, of water rescue and first aid services”. In the course of lectures and training exercises, participants were given an opportunity to learn about international, European and Polish standards of crisis management, water rescue and first aid.

In order to support Ukrainian lifeguards, the project provided for the procurement and transfer of handheld water rescue equipment. In order to support the process of training lifeguards and crisis management personnel, the project included the development of a textbook entitled Safety management in aquatic areas, water rescue and first aid, selected issues. Upon the completion of the project, a conference on the subject of safety management in aquatic areas was organised, providing an opportunity to discuss the impact of project implementation and the project conclusions, which suggested the standardisation of water rescue tactics and techniques, equipment and first aid. Demonstrations of the efficiency of lifeguards and water rescue equipment were a highlight of the conference.

The final beneficiaries of the project included lifeguards, employees of the Lviv Oblast public administration and lecturers from the Lviv State University of Life Safety.

Safe water - improvement of local administration and rescue services activities during water emergencies response in Lviv region

The project contributed to improved preparedness of local structures and communities in the Lviv Oblast for identifying threats, dealing with natural disasters and technical failures, and reducing the risk of their occurrence in aquatic areas. It assisted in improving the emergency situation response mechanism, risk reduction and prevention, and recovery at the regional and the local level, and also improved the quality of crisis management at the regional and the local level. The project’s added value was the convergence between the operating principles of the local emergency rescue services and European standards in the fields of water rescue and population protection, promotion of safety education, and the consequent improvement of water safety and reduction in the number of drowning fatalities.

As part of the project, 32 lifeguards were trained in prevention, response and clean-up following incidents in aquatic areas, and another 18 lifeguards acquired skills in the use of modern handheld rescue equipment and other equipment used in water rescue. An additional 14 people improved their skills in the operational management of rescue teams. The Lviv Oblast emergency services were also provided with water rescue equipment, thus improving their capabilities.