County hosts meeting for vital Euro scheme

The e-learning project delegates with NFRS chief fire officer Alex Bennett (second from left).
The e-learning project delegates with NFRS chief fire officer Alex Bennett (second from left).
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Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS) staff playing a key role in a European project to help save lives during natural disasters have hosted their counterparts.

A two-year scheme to create an e-learning online resource in relation to preparing for major emergencies, co-funded by the European Commission, began in 2014 and NFRS is one of the six participants from European Union countries.

During the meeting in Northumberland, the teams presented the educational content they have developed during the last few months.

Partners from the education sector from Estonia and Romania also showed their proposals on how to adapt the content for primary school children and secondary school students and how the online packages may look when complete. The others in the group are fire and rescue services in Denmark, Lithuania and Spain.

Those involved have now evaluated the work done so far and planned the activities, including translation and adaptation for the upcoming months, before the next meeting at the beginning of 2016 in Lithuania. The e-learning packages are set to be trialled in Northumberland before going Europe wide.

The delegates also had the opportunity to visit some popular places in the county, including Northumberlandia and the coast and castles road through Alnmouth and Warkworth.

County council deputy leader Dave Ledger, who has responsibility for NFRS, said: “It’s fantastic to see this project coming together as it will ultimately benefit millions of people across Europe.”