The first IPA FLOODS Operational training, as part of the Programme’s activities of Lot 1, will be held the next 19-23 September in Struga (the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia) with the kind support of its Protection and Rescue Directorate. On this occasion, four national teams of the multinational civil protection module Flood Rescue Using Boats (FRB) coming from Albania, Turkey, Kosovo* and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia will gather for a four-day training focused on flood response operations. Participants will be engaged in practicing water-rescue techniques and performing in-water rescue operations by using the equipment donated by the Programme as a result of the first IPA FLOODS call for tender.

The main objective of the activity is to improve the response capacity on water rescue interventions, enhance the skills of the civil protection members for a more effective conduction of international disaster response operations, as well as provide with an in-depth knowledge of the roles and functions of national teams and members of the CP Modules. Moreover, the training will be an opportunity to discuss about past interventions, in particular those ones where specific expertise was required, and to identify lessons learnt and best practices. Most importantly, exercising and training together, particularly at regional level, will help plan and manage international intervention assistance when a disaster occurs.

Each national team will be composed of eleven members who will have to coordinate and work together as a multinational module requires. The training will be conducted under the auspices of the IPA FLOODS Consortium partner in charge, the Administration of the Republic of Slovenia for Civil Protection and Disaster Relief (URSZR), and with the support of experienced fire-fighters from the Italian Civil Protection Department (DPC) system.