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Voluntary Fire Service in Borjomi: Developing and strengthening the skills of volunteers

Training sessions were for volunteers in Borjomi on July 26 and 27. The training covered topics such as: 1. fire risk assessment and prevention, and 2. first aid – the main actions and posttraumatic procedures.

The training was conducted by experts invited from Poland. Mr Dariusz Marczyński is an international fire safety expert, and Dr Ignacy Baumberg is a leading expert and first aid practitioner at the medical facility and fire service.

Together with the volunteers, the training was attended by school and kindergarten teachers, assigned Emergency Service staff from Akhalkalaki base, professional firefighters, and representatives of the Municipality of Borjomi, who showed great interest in the material.

The main objective of the training was to develop and strengthen the skills to assess the fire risks, and to analyse and conduct prevention activities. During the first aid module, participants practised basic life support techniques, including simulation of evacuation passengers from the burnt wreckage of a car.

The acquired skills will be tested in schools and kindergartens in Borjomi, where the volunteers will conduct fire drills for pupils, with the support of the professional firefighters.

The first session of the Volunteer Fire Service training will be followed by an emotion management component and safe and secure evacuation simulations before fire drill scenarios are developed.

The training was conducted under the project “Voluntary Fire Service as a Form of Temporary Crisis Response”.

The Project is co-financed by the Polish development cooperation programme of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland.