COMMON BORDERS. COMMON SOLUTIONS.
Activities within the IMPACT project
The Cahul Department of Exceptional Situations has purchased some of the equipment that will be used to prevent and reduce the consequences of emergencies. Among the equipment there are: 2 motor pumps, 12 generators of different capacities, of which 2 for DSE Cahul, and 10 for Zîrnești, Cucoara, Brînza, Văleni, Borceag, 250 first aid kits that will be used during the simulation exercises of disasters, but also in emergency situations and 20 protective suits and other equipment that will be used for interventions.
On 22.09.2020, in Cahul, the official launch of the project took place, which was attended by 30 people. The guests of the event were the project partners, the National Society of Red Cross Romania – Galati Branch, representatives from DSE Cahul, members from ACTIE, representatives of the village halls from Cucoara, Brînza, Borceag, Zîrnești and Văleni, accompanied by teachers, educators, people of culture in these localities. During the event, there were presented the description, objectives, activities and results of the project. The mayors of the target localities described the calamities they have faced in recent years and the damage they have caused. They confirmed the need to take action in advance for unforeseen situations and to be prepared for their occurrence. Each mayor showed his openness to collaboration and involvement in all project activities.
On 29.01.2021, ACTIE hosted a study visit for best practices exchange carried out by mayors from 5 localities in Galati County. The guests visited the Cahul Department of Exceptional Situations, where there were presented the equipment purchased within the project and how the firemen are preparing to intervene in emergency situations. Another 2 visits were made to the Intercommunity Volunteer Fire Service in Colibași and in the village of Brînza. Similarly, on February 2-3, the mayors of the villages of Zîrnești, Cucoara, Brînza, Văleni and Borceag made a study visit to Galați County and ISU Galați. Following the 2 visits, the mayors and project partners concluded an Agreement on the creation of the IMPACT network, through which the signatories undertake to help each other in case of emergencies.
On 27.11.20, was organized a best practice exchange seminar in the field of exceptional situations, supported by representatives of DSE Cahul, National Red Cross Society of Romania – Galati branch and an expert in emergency situations from Galati, with the participation of local authorities and the members of the commissions for exceptional situations from Cucoara, Brînza, Borceag, Zîrnești and Văleni. The seminar presented the most common types of risks that can occur in Cahul district and Galati county. In addition to the basic theoretical presentations, the seminar focused on implementing practical methods to reduce the effects of natural or man-made crisis situations. Disaster prevention activities focus on reducing vulnerability and strengthening communities by identifying different security needs at the local level. The expected outcome of this seminar and other activities to be implemented through this project is to have well-trained committee members for exceptional situations who can adequately prepare the population for a disaster before it occurs. Along with activities that will focus on training the population to prevent and manage the consequences of a disaster, the expected outcome of this activity is to have well-prepared communities and to reduce the risks to their lives, health and property.
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