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Volunteer Participation in Oil Spill Response in Denmark

When an oil spill hits the coast of Denmark, the respective municipality is responsible for the clean-up. However, most municipalities have given the task to the local fire department, as they are always on-call and able to respond within minutes. Many fire brigades cooperate with volunteer firefighters who typically assist on longer operations, with everything from firefighting to logistics and catering. In a new survey, we have investigated the volunteers’ participation in oil spill response on shores and shallow waters.

Simulator Training by TalTech Estonian Maritime Academy

Although TalTech Estonian Maritime Academy as a maritime education and training institution is focusing on educating future navigators, ship engineers and shore personnel, we are also contributing in the training of coast and border guards. Besides conventional further training courses in the maritime, we also provide training courses for search mission coordinators (SMC) and on-scene coordinators (OSC) aimed for the staff of national Rescue Coordination Centres and deck officers of vessels taking part in national SAR activities. As the focus of these courses is in the practical application of knowledge via teamwork using case studies and exercises, the maritime simulators play quite an extensive role.

Postponement, Prolongation, and Surveys – Updates from the Danish Civil Protection League

This month we should have held an oil spill conference and exercise at the island Fanoe in Denmark. Due to the corona situation, it has been postponed to the autumn (23rd to 25th September), so we continue our preparations. At the event, we will gather Danish rescue authorities and other interested stakeholders. Hopefully, we can also welcome our partners in the OIL SPILL project as travel restrictions are removed in the Baltic Sea countries.

Winds of Change at Lithuanian Red Cross − also Regarding Oil Spill Response

Recently, a tip about an online training Volunteer Management in Oil Spill Response by Chris Miles and Oil Spill Response Ltd was shared on our OIL SPILL mailing list. At the Lithuanian Red Cross, we are only becoming involved in oil spill response, and participation in such an event was very useful and timely. The overall picture of the oil spill response improved, and I also learned several crucial, more specific issues on the topic…

KOPOS 2021 Exercise Will Increase Oil Spill Response Preparedness in Lithuania

Two years ago, the Fire and Rescue Department of Lithuania, and especially the Klaipeda Board (FRD Klaipeda board), was pleased to receive an invitation to participate in the OIL SPILL project. This is a great opportunity to hold large-scale exercises, invite experts and observers from other countries, and assess the strengths and weaknesses of the responsible authorities.