“The UK plays a major role in boosting fire-fighting, rescue and road crash extrication capacity around the world. The work of FIRE AID members contributes to saving lives and building needed skills in countries facing the greatest challenges. FIRE AID gives support, recognition and assistance to that important work.”
Lord Robertson of Port Ellen KT, GCMG, PC
The Sendai Framework is the first major agreement of the post-2015 development agenda. With seven targets and four priorities for action, it aims for the following outcome: The substantial reduction of disaster risk and losses in lives, livelihoods and health and in the economic, physical, social, cultural and environmental assets of persons, businesses, communities and countries. Many FIRE AID members contribute to this aim by working to improve the preparedness of communities to respond to emergencies.
In 2011 the UN launched the Decade of Action for Road Safety with the goal of stabilising and reducing road deaths by 2020. The Decade identifies five pillars of the 'Safe System' which can drive down road traffic casualties: 1. Road Safety Management 2. Road Infrastructure 3. Safer Vehicles 4. Safer Road Users 5. Post Crash Care. FIRE AID and its members address the fifth pillar of the Decade, improving the capabilities of responders and therefore the chance of survival.
Refugee camps and settlements are particularly prone to fire risk due to overcrowding, haphazard layout, poor construction, electrical faults, poor water supply, close proximity of dwellings, and cooking methods. According to UNHCR, there were 16.7 million refugees worldwide at the end of 2013. With this in mind, in 2014 Operation Florian responded to requests from the UNHCR camp management team in Dadaab, and from the CCSDPT in Thailand to conduct a fire needs assessments in camps.
Every six seconds someone is killed or seriously injured on the world's roads. Road traffic injuries are now the leading cause of death for young people aged 15-29. For men of working age they inflict a mortality burden equal to HIV/AIDS. More than 90% of casualties are in middle- and low-income countries. Via the provision of emergency services aid, FIRE AID members seek to improve the response to road traffic collisions and save saveable lives.
FIRE AID is an association of UK charities and services with a mutual interest in providing ethical and sustainable donations of fire and rescue aid and training to those in need of such assistance. It was formed in 2012 by a group of like-minded organisations who have been operating for many years, successfully donating equipment, training and expertise to over 30 countries. FIRE AID is chaired by Jim Fitzpatrick MP and is managed by a Steering Committee of its founding members. Among other areas of work, FIRE AID provides guidance for donation projects, manages an equipment database, and provides a forum for discussion on issues relevant to its members.
The map provides an overview of where UK equipment has been donated by FIRE AID’s member organisations.