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Fire Safety Friends of Russia: Arkhangelsk Region Project 2016

Thu 30, Jun, 2016

A team from Fire Safety Friends of Russia (FSFOR) visited Arkhangelsk 5th to 9th April 2016 to assess the current medical response to incidents, in particular road vehicle collisions.

As a first stage in the programme of cooperation, agreed with our Arkhangelsk Civil Emergency Services colleagues, a team from Fire Safety Friends of Russia (FSFOR) visited Arkhangelsk 5th to 9th April 2016 to assess the current medical response to incidents, in particular road vehicle collisions.

The  team consisted of Michael Willis OBE, retired Chief Ambulance Officer and former adviser to the Minister of State for Health and Professor Andy Newton Consultant Paramedic and Chief Clinical Officer, South East Coast Ambulance Service, together with Chris Holgate FSFOR and Denis Sebentsov FSFOR.

Over the four days, in order to assess current procedures, training and equipment, visits were made to the Arkhangelsk Region HQ Station and Call Centre, Regional Fire and Rescue Training Centre, Northern State Medical University Centre for first aid training, a volunteer fire station, ambulance station and observed a practical exercise  “Medical response to road collision with multiple injured persons”.

A meeting with the Head of the Regional emergency services to discuss the findings and preliminary discussion on a future action plan took place prior to a joint meeting the following day involving  the delegation from the UK, representatives of the Ambulance Service, Fire and Rescue Services, the Government representative for Arkhangelsk Region (Ministry of Public Health, the Agency for State Fire Service and Civil Defence), Fire and Rescue Services  Regional Training Centre and the Northern State Medical University.

Finally a meeting with Alexander Uvarov, Head of the Arkhangelsk Region Civil Emergency Services to discuss the initial findings and agree a basic framework for progressing the objectives of the Arkhangelsk Region Rescue and Fire Services.

The next planned stage is a visit by fellow FIRE AID member the UK Rescue Organisation to introduce the Arkhangelsk Region Rescue Service Instructors to the latest casualty extrication techniques used in the UK.