Earthquake Safe Communities in Nepal

Regional Course on Collapsed Structure Search and Rescue commenced in Nepal

Collapsed Structure Search and Rescue (CSSR) Regional Course has commenced in Nepal on June 28, 2019. The 8-Day Course is now being conducted at Disaster Management Training School of Armed Police Force Nepal, Kurintar, Chitwan, Nepal, through the Program for Enhancement of Emergency Response (PEER) Stage 4 (2014-2019).

A total of 20 participants from the new PEER target countries in South Asia; namely, Bhutan, Maldives and Sri Lanka; and Nepal (host country) are participating in the course. The trainees belong to various national level emergency response organizations and are envisioned to be developed as PEER instructors in the future so that they could contribute to strengthening emergency response systems in their respective countries, and serve as catalysts to PEER’s larger vision of enhancing regional collaboration in South Asia. The same participants successfully completed the preceding Medical First Responder (MFR) Regional Course at the same training venue. Selected PEER senior instructors from the core program countries; namely, Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Pakistan, have been invited to facilitate delivery of this CSSR Course.

CSSR Course aims to provide individuals with collapsed structure search and rescue tasks (main emergency responders) the knowl¬edge and skills necessary to search for, stabilize and extricate victims trapped in collapsed structures using the safest and most appropriate procedures. PEER is a regional capacity building program in Asia being funded by USAID/Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) since 1998; and being implemented by National Society for Earthquake Technology-Nepal (NSET) since PEER Stage 2.

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