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Volume 2 Issue 2

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Summer 2013

From the Editor Welcome to the second issue for this year of the Emergency Response and Rescue Corps newsletter. The aim of this newsletter is to share with our readers our achievements, projects and experiences. It is highly advised that in order to stay tuned with the current ERRC activities, to follow us on Facebook and on our website.

In this issue The Word of the Hon. Presi- Page 2 dent of E.R.R.C. Meeting with the Prime Minister of Malta

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Malta national aquarium cleanup

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Rescue swimmer training

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in Norway

Job well done

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Veterinary Life Support Training to Malta Police, CPD and Animal Welfare Department

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Calm waters

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Abseiling for all

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Presidents award

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Mass rescue at sea

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Training with the AFM

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Cadet Camp

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The Word of the Hon. President of E.R.R.C. Let us save young healthy lives! Another summer is history and it will be remembered for the record incidents ERRC lifeguards had to intervene to save lives and brisk people to safety from imminent and preserved danger. A growing trend of jumping from cliff edges and cave zones without even knowing the depths of waters are the main cause of these injuries. ERRC and several Malta Government Ministries and Departments will be embarking on a national campaign to bring awareness to the general public about this problem. Accidents are occurring and are forever damaging or stealing away young lives following a spinal or head injury following a jump. What a waste of healthy life! Let us turn the trend and make all aware of the possible dangers and necessary precautions to be taken. Thanking two national leaders I have had the privilege to meet and talk to the previous and the present Prime Minister of Malta. I really would like to thank the previous Prime Minister, the Honourable Dr Lawrence Gonzi and his Government for all the cooperation extended to ERRC since its inception. The ERRC Executive Committee also had the pleasure of meeting the present Prime Minister Dr Joseph Muscat at Castile, a delegation I had the privilege of leading. The same courtesy and commitment of cooperation was extended and ERRC as in the past has pledged its commitment to serve our country and government, whoever it might be. A new important initiative ERRC has always been a great source of genuine volunteerism. I am proud to have proposed the establishment of the ERRC Volunteer of the Year Award and the ERRC Cadet of the Year Award. Two awards which will be awarded in next month for the irst time ever. ERRC volunteerism is to be awarded from this year onwards.


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Meeting with the Prime Minister of Malta

On the 12 August, an ERRC delegation made a courtesy visit to the Prime Minister, Hon Joseph Muscat. The ERRC delegation was made up of Dr Raymond Xerri, ERRC Hon. President, Mr Mario Saliba, ERRC Vice President, Mr Chalie Christ Abela and Mr Eric Grech, Committee Members and Mr Charlie Micallef, Volunteers Coordinator. During the meeting, a brief outline of the projects the Emergency Response and Rescue Corps had coordinated since its foundation in January 2011 has been presented. These projects included Combat Medic Programs, the organizing of Pre Hospital Trauma Life Support courses and Veterinary Life Support courses, all of which the Government of Malta was always a bene iciary. In fact, members of the Armed Forces of Malta Health Department, Malta Police and Animal Welfare Department were some to bene it from these courses for free. The ERRC like to thank the government for its support by seconding two government of icials with the organization.

Malta national aquarium cleanup Volunteers form the Technical Rescue unit are being involved on regular basis, cleaning the roof of the national aquarium in Qawra Malta. The public aquarium has 26 display tanks with, amongst others, Mediterranean

ish,

including

ish

commonly found in Maltese waters together with replicas of historical artefacts that one can ind in the seas around the Maltese islands .


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Rescue swimmer training in Norway

Currently

two

Emergency

Response and Rescue Corps volunteers and a Armed Forces of Malta senior rescuer attended a 15‐day intensive course

in

water

rescue

swimmer and Search and Rescue, using latest SAR boats and helicopters as part of the continuous

professional

development training. The initiative has be co inanced by the European Commission under the Leonar‐ do Mobility Programme managed by the European Union Programmes Agency (EUPA) and the Norwegian Society for Sea Rescue. This project was made possible thanks

to

the

technical

assistance provided by the Malta‐EU Steering and Action Committee (MEUSAC) which has assisted us during the planning and design of the project.


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Veterinary Life Support Training to Malta Police, CPD and Animal Welfare The Malta Police Dog Section and Mounted Section have successfully completed training in Veterinary Life Support Level 1 and Level 2 for K9 and Veterinary Life Support Horse Edition respec� tively. It was spread over three days, from 26 to 28 June. The training was sponsored and organised by the Emergency Response and Rescue Corps (E.R.R.C.) in collaboration with the European Association of Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics. The training covered both theory and practical aspects of medical emergencies and life support techniques for injured working dogs and horses.


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A total of twenty�eight participants attended for this training. Four of icers from the Civil Protection Department, three from the Animal Welfare Department, eight Policemen from the Dog Section, sev� en from the Mounted Section and six from the Emergency Response and Rescue Corps. In the process four participants have been quali ied as assistant instructors and in the coming weeks they will be given the appointment as instructors. The Minister for Home Affairs and National Security, Hon Manuel Mallia attended for the certi icate presentation ceremony. He praised the initiative of the ERRC and assured that such training will be held in the future.


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Calm waters

Calm Waters is a Youth Initiative project, being run by a group of youth members of the Emergency Response and Rescue Corp (ERRC). The project will give the opportunity to a number of disabled youths to undergo a personalised scuba diving programme with the aim to empow‐ er

themselves

through

sport

activities. With the assistance of pro‐ fessional scuba diving instructors, which form part of the International Scuba Diving Agency (ISDA), the par‐ ticipating youths will be supervised and

assisted

throughout

the

activities. The initiative is being funded by the European Commission under the Youth

in

Action

Programme

managed by the European Union Programmes Agency (EUPA). This project was made possible thanks to the technical assistance provided by the Malta‐EU Steering and Action Committee (MEUSAC) which has assisted us during the planning and design of the project.


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Abseiling for all Abseiling for all is a Youth Initiative project, being run by a group of youth members of the Emergency Response and Rescue Corp (ERRC). The project will give the opportunity to a number of disabled youths and other youths to take part in rope related activities and abseiling programme with the aim to empower themselves through sport activities. The initiative is being funded by the European Commission under the Youth in Action Programme managed by the European Union Programmes Agency (EUPA). This project was made possible thanks to the technical assistance provided by the Malta�EU Steering and Action Committee (MEUSAC) which has assisted us during the planning and design of the project. Anyone interested to participate in the project please contact ERRC on errcmalta@gmail.com.

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Presidents award A team of six volunteers representing the Emergency Response and Rescue Corps set out to carry out an expedition in the Welsh countryside with the aim of completing the President's Award Gold challenge � also known as the Duke of Edinburgh Award. The expedition included an 80km hike in Snowdonia (Northern Wales), over a 4 day period. Being in a foreign country, navigating your way through forests, passing through an endless amount of streams and rivers, and above all carrying a rucksack weighing more than 20kg is surely not a task for the faint hearted. The secret behind this is � teamwork. Without the constant support that the team members offered each other, this challenge would not have been possible. At the end of the day, it is not the 40 hours of hiking that count, but the adventure behind it!

Mass rescue at sea

In August three members attended a mass rescue at sea and basic civilian helicopter rescue course in Italy. The training was organized by the European association of EMT and paramedics.


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Training with the AFM

ERRC lifeguards have recently attended a familiarization session with the AFM air wing. This session was vital so the lifeguards stationed in Comino would get familiar with the rescue equipment and methodology used by the AFM helicopter rescue swimmers. This was vital so as to better streamline operations in Comino. ERRC provides lifeguarding services during the summer months in Comino


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Cadet Camp

As every year, in the start of August the Cadet section of the Emergency Response and Rescue Corps held its annual Summer Camp. The camp was packed as almost every Cadet attended. The highlight of the camp was building an eco raft. The cadets started collecting plastic bottles months before the camp, and then helped to put the raft together during the camp. Other activities included survival cooking, survival shelters, games, camp ires, irst aid and as such. The Cadets hold their weekly meetings from 5 to 7 pm. These include indoor and outdoor meetings during which the cadets train in irst aid and outdoor life.

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