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Voluntary Fire Service in Borjomi: Training sessions for volunteers

The third phase of the training sessions for volunteers was held on August 24-25, 2019. The two-day training sessions were delivered by experts invited from Poland: Mr Marek Pokrzywiński and Mr Konrad Hańczuk.
The two-day training sessions were one of the highlights of the project. They were full of interactive exercises. The volunteers had a chance to imagine themselves in the role of people with limited capabilities. The volunteers were put in the situation of blind, deaf and injured people and they were directed by several people to evacuate the building. To make the situation realistic, the first day of the training was held in the school building.

The participants needed to create the evacuation plan. One fascinating exercise was using a smoke generator and create a situation of fire and smoke with limited visibility in the school building where the volunteers needed to evacuate people from the building. The participants learned and developed effective evacuation skills and skills of effective communication with injured or disabled people. They developed the skills needed to provide the required support.

The second day of the training was also full of practical exercises about topics such as the combustion triangle, the origin of a fire at schools and kindergartens and fire mitigation measures at educational institutions. The volunteers were introduced to fire extinction equipment, alarms and evacuation and they developed their skills in using them. The trainer covered psychological topics, such as: teaching children (Piaget’s theory of cognitive development). And finally, the volunteers developed the scenarios of the evacuation classes and fire drills at schools and kindergartens.
The developed scenarios will help volunteers to conduct fire drills in Borjomi municipality schools and kindergartens.

The trainings were organised by the Solidarity Fund PL in Georgia in partnership with the “Nacres” Centre for Biodiversity Conservation & Research and the Samtskhe-Javakheti Media Center.

 

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