Following a report received in 2008 from Graham Smith, a retired officer from GMC F&RS, which related to possible project work in Romania, the IDP has undertaken a scoping exercise to identify anticipated areas of future work within Romania.
Graham has worked in Romania for over fifteen years where he has assisted with the development of schools, hospitals and orphanages. As part of his work he visited Targu Jiu to explore the possibility of initiating a programme of assistance to the fire service for training in road traffic collisions.
The UKRO IDP welcomes Graham’s report and commitment to develop RTC infrastructure and training opportunities within Targu Jiu. In order to assist with this process the IDP will appoint a project manager to work with Graham in order to development RTC capability within the area. In addition the IDP wishes to explore national opportunities and has developed existing links within the Ministry of Health and the Global Road Safety Partnership with the view of seeking a national approach to RTC equipment and training in Romania
A scoping exercise by the UKRO to explore the possibility of initiating a programme of assistance to the fire service for training in road traffic collisions was initiated back in 2007. Since then there has been a great deal of liaison and training with the Romanian “Inspectoratul General Pentru Situatii De Urgenta” (IGSU), which is the Romanian Inspectorate for Emergency Situations and "Serviciul Mobil de Urgenţǎ, Reanimare şi Descarcerare" (SMURD), which means Mobile Emergency Service for Resuscitation and Extrication.
The objective from the beginning was to share notable practice in command, technical rescue and trauma interventions, and assist Romania become a member of the World Rescue Organisation (WRO) which they were granted as a level 3 member. As a result of the culmination of a joint collaboration between the IGSU and UKRO the first Romanian National Rescue Challenge was held in Ploiesti 3-5 September 2012. Every year since then Romania has embraced the Rescue Challenge Concept and carried the concept forward by hosting assessor workshops, regional challenges culminating in a National Extrication and Trauma challenge.
The National challenges to date have been facilitated as follows:
2012 Ploiesti Prahova County
2013 Targu Mures Mures County
2014 Oradea Bihor County
2015 Targu Mures Mures County
2016 (Proposed) Dambovita County
2017 World Rescue Challenge Targu Mures
These events bring together up to fifteen teams from across Romania to participate in a three-day learning opportunity. An assessor workshop is arranged for day one; all assessors and shadow assessors selected from Romania attend presentations then were split into their relevant disciplines of Medical/Trauma and Command/Technical. This provides a useful forum to clarify expectations around the objectivity of assessing and amend some of the criteria to best suit the needs of Romania.
The main undertaking was the organisation of two days of realistic simulated road traffic collision and trauma interventions. Each scenario was particularly testing for the teams not least because they had to rescue or treat real live casualties. Doctors from SMURD contributed much to this project and participated as part of the teams mimicking what they actually do for real on the road.
The IDP enables significant benefits towards promoting a sustainable development programme, one which encourages capacity building and personnel development opportunities for the future which has been embraced by Romania and they have successfully embraced and facilitated the Rescue Challenge concept culminating in promotion to a level 2 membership of the WRO.
So good was the progression and professionalism of Romania that they submitted a successful bid to host the World Rescue Challenge in 2017 which is proposed to be held in Targu Mures, Mures County, Transylvania around September 2017 and it is hoped they will progress to be a level 1 member of the World Rescue Organisation.
Kevin J Lennon, IDP Lead Romania