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The increase of competencies and operational potential of emergency services in Ivano - Frankivsk Oblast in frame of prevention and elimination of flood consequences and mountain rescue

From year to year, cooperation with Ukraine’s border regions has been gaining in importance as it encompasses more and more areas. From existing relations with the Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast, it appears that rescue and crisis management is a very important sector for cooperation. Floods in 2008 and 2010 resulted in several fatalities, hundreds of houses were flooded, at least a dozen bridges were swept away and over 200 kilometres of local roads was destroyed. Firefighters from Poland’s Podkarpackie Voivodeship assisted in recovery operations and provided the local emergency services with the instruction they required.

Ukraine is currently implementing local government reforms that are inextricably linked with the devolution of power and the transfer of various prerogatives and competencies to the relevant levels of administration. The crisis-management and rapid-response sector will also undergo changes and organisational restructuring. The safety of the civilian population will be ensured by the proper distribution of competencies in this area among the relevant services in the region.

It is also worth noting that, having signed an association agreement with the EU, Ukraine has committed to familiarising itself with solutions that are applicable throughout Europe and to their implementation; hence, it needs to expand its knowledge of the European Civil Protection Mechanism. Therefore, now is the opportune time to present proven and effective solutions in this field to our Ukrainian partners.

The Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast is one of the most densely populated regions in Ukraine, with areas that are difficult to access. Its geography is thus similar to that of the Podkarpackie Voivodeship, which is also a mountainous, hard-to-access region that places great demands on rescue, emergency response and civil protection services in terms of their skills.

The increase of competencies and operational potential of emergency services in Ivano - Frankivsk Oblast in frame of prevention and elimination of flood consequences and mountain rescue

The project included a study tour for representatives of the Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast state administration and its State Emergency Service of Ukraine (DSNS). The purpose was to inform the Ukrainian officials about the local crisis management system and the process of coordinating extended rescue operations.

Another project activity involved training for rescuers in the field of mountain rescue and the conditions for international cooperation in rescue and civil protection. The skills acquired through the training courses were tested in practical exercises, which involved the organisation and implementation of a management process in a flood-related civil protection operations under adverse weather conditions.

The project included purchases of rescue equipment: slurry pumps with instrumentation, a laptop with software and a special transport case, handheld GPS receivers, a medical backpack, an orthopaedic board, and 15 pairs of special rubber footwear.

The increase of competencies and operational potential of emergency services in Ivano - Frankivsk Oblast in frame of prevention and elimination of flood consequences and mountain rescue

The project resulted in the upgrading of the skills and competencies of the local authorities and rescue workers from the Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast in the fields of crisis management and rescue. In the longer term, this will have a positive impact on the safety of both the inhabitants of the region and tourists who visit it. Moreover, the staff of the Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast DSNS were trained regarding the provision and acceptance of external assistance in the event of a large-scale disaster that calls for assistance from neighbouring states.

One unexpected project result involved the local community from the village of Bovshiv, whose members were engaged in practical training in reinforcing and raising dyke crowns, and thus acquired practical skills in that area. The skills they gained will help them respond properly to situations threatening their lives or livelihood and to secure their homes in advance. Moreover, the equipment purchased as part of the project will supplement the DSNS unit, thus increasing the technical and organisational capabilities of the rescue workers.