Fire officers test new e-learning resource

The e-PPR team meets at West Hartford Community Fire Station, the HQ of Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service.
The e-PPR team meets at West Hartford Community Fire Station, the HQ of Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service.

A new e-learning resource on natural disasters has been demonstrated in Northumberland ahead of its full launch.

The e-PPR project, externally funded by the EU, is an education and training resource on the prevention, preparedness, response and recovery to four different types of natural disaster – flooding, storms, heat waves and wildfires.

There are four modules aimed at four different audiences. They are primary school children, secondary school students, adults and fire and rescue professionals.

Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service is one of the organisations that developed the resource, the others are from Denmark, Estonia, Lithuania, Romania and Spain. It hosted the recent demonstration and testing event at West Hartford Community Fire Station.

What has been produced will be fully launched in Northumberland in October and will be used in schools and fire and rescue services.

Paul Hedley, Chief Fire Officer at Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service, said: “We’re delighted to have had the opportunity to work alongside some great partner organisations to create this unique learning resource that is going to help residents prepare and stay safe in the event of a natural disaster.

“We received positive and constructive feedback during our pre-launch event and I’m confident the resource will have a great uptake in the county and across the UK following the official launch.”