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EUROPEAN NEIGHBOURHOOD AND PARTNERSHIP INSTRUMENT
2007-2013 CROSS BORDER COOPERATION PROGRAMME

LATVIA-LITHUANIA-BELARUS

Improving Civil Protection Systems‘ Transboundary Cooperation in the Field of Emergency Management of Natural Disasters in the Regions of Lithuania, Latvia and Belarus

Short title:  Emergency management of natural disasters


JOINT EXERCISE OF LITHUANIAN, LATVIAN AND BELARUSIAN FIREFIGHTERS


PRIORITY 2: ADDRESSING COMMON CHALLENGES

Measure 2.1.: Protection and sustainable development of environmental and natural resources

Beneficiary: Vilnius County Fire and Rescue Board (Vilnius, Lithuania)

Partners: State Fire and Rescue Service of Latvia (Riga, Latvia), Grodno Regional Department of the Ministry for Emergency Situations of the Republic of Belarus (Grodno, Belarus)

Associates: Utena County Fire and Rescue Board (Utena, Lithuania), State Enterprise Vilnius State Forest (Vilnius, Lithuania), State Enterprise Nemencine State Forest (Nemencine, Lithuania), State Enterprise Svencioneliai State Forest (Svencioneliai, Lithuania), State enterprise Salcininkai State Forest (Salcininkai. Lithuania), Vitebsk Regional Department of the Ministry for Emergency Situations of the Republic of Belarus (Vitebsk, Belarus), State Fire and Rescue Department under the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Lithuania (Vilnius, Lithuania)

PROBLEM: The Lithuanian-Belarusian project territory consists of large forested plots, open areas, rivers, lakes and marsh-peat complexes which have been exposed in the recent years to frequent and severe natural and man-made disasters. The fight with turf and forest fires is often aggravated by lack of fire disaster response methodology, old fire fighting equipment and low level of environmental awareness on both sides of the border.

OBJECTIVES: The project aimed at improving the cross-border cooperation in the fire-prevention and fire-extinguishing by exchanging the best practices and developing the joint cooperation model of the Lithuanian, Latvian and Belarusian fire-fighters. The partners also raised the fire-prevention and fire-fighting awareness of the inhabitants of the border regions.

RESULTS&OUTPUTS:

The partners improved their capacity to react fastly and efficiently in emergency situations by purchasing 5 fully equipped modern fire-fighting vehicles.

The Lithuanian, Latvian and Belarusian fire-fighters worked out the models of joint operations in a number of seminars and trainings. Over 120 figher-fighters took part in the trilateral tactical field exercise, where they successfully extinguished a staged peat bog and forest fire.

The partners also conducted a wide information campaign, informing 16 000 inhabitants of the Lithuanian, Latvian and Belarusian border regions about fire prevention and fighting and the basics of the life-saving. The campain contained press articles, radio and television reports and the dissemination of attractive informative calendars to over 2000 schoolchildren.

Project number:LLB-1-022
Grant Contract number:1VL-1008
Total budget:994 676,36 €
EU contribution:895 000 €
Implementation period:24 months (10.2011-10.2013)
Contact:Rimantas Steponavičius
Pamėnkalnio str. 30, LT-01114, Vilnius, Lithuania
+37052716860;
vilnius.pgv@vpgt.lt; www.vapgv.lt

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