FIRE AID and our members, UKRO deliver road traffic collision training in Ukraine

Sun 10, Nov, 2019

Following the delivery of 3 modern fire vehicles and 12 sets of road traffic collision (RTC) equipment to Ukraine in August[1] FIRE AID partners, the Eastern Alliance for Safe and Sustainable Transport (EASST), in partnership with the UK Rescue Organisation (UKRO) and supported by the British Embassy in Ukraine, have delivered a 5-day programme of dedicated RTC training to instructors from across Ukraine at the Lviv University of Life Safety.

Given that on average over 4,000 people die every year on Ukraine’s roads, our project has focused on improving immediate post-crash response through the provision of professional training and the donation of essential equipment to enable a quicker and more efficient response to road traffic incidents by local fire services. The training brought together 18 fire and rescue training instructors from 3 regions of Ukraine: 4 from Poltava, 6 from Zhytomyr and 8 from Lviv, as well as 7 students from the University Medical Unit, who attended sessions on pre-hospital care. Our ‘train the trainer’ approach equips these instructors with knowledge that can be cascaded down through their own Services, reaching a wider audience.

One delegate stated: Now I feel more qualified and competent than I was before. I’d like to demonstrate and share my knowledge with my colleagues in the department.”

The training covered both practical and theoretical elements of RTC, including vehicle stabilisation, incident command, glass management and multiple extrication techniques using the modern RTC sets donated by FIRE AID in August. The training used scrap cars and the recently donated transformer car – a reusable training simulator – which allows instructors to demonstrate life-saving extraction techniques without destroying the structure of the car. Elements of the car have been pre-cut for training allowing them to be easily dismantled when performing training exercises. The course also covered first aid, major bleeds, and spinal management in extrication.

Ian Marritt, lead trainer from UKRO International Development Team (UKRO IDP) said of the project:

“The training of fire service instructors from across Ukraine will influence the continuous improvement of post vehicle crash response in the country. The course provided a platform for UK and Ukrainian firefighters to share knowledge and technical skills that can now be cascaded to operational firefighters to be applied at the roadside.”

 The newly appointed British Ambassador to Ukraine, HMA Melinda Simmons visited the training to meet both the UK instructors and the Ukrainian delegates. We would like to take this opportunity to thank HMA for her time and support.

Lastly, we would like to thank our project partners, UKRO IDP, EASST and our in-country partner Oksana Romanukha for delivering such a successful project and of course the British Embassy in Kyiv for funding the project.

[1] Donations were delivered by FIRE AID partners, the Eastern Alliance for Safe and Sustainable Transport (EASST) and Kent Fire and Rescue Service in collaboration with FedEx Express Europe.