Last week, a member and volunteer of the scuba diving unit of the Emergency Response and Rescue Corps, Mr Daniel Sultana, have completed successfully a one-week training course in Civil Protection Diving. This course not only covered Under Water Rescue Operations and other underwater techniques, but also abseiling technique in conjunction to reach and retrieve at hard to access locations such as cliffs.
Last week, a member and Water Rescue Instructor of the Emergency Response and Rescue Corps, Mr Darren Xerri, have completed successfully a one-week course in Rescue Operations with Jet Skis. This course not only covered Jet Ski handling in Water Rescue Operations but also its maintenance and mechanical features. The training qualified Mr Xerri as a Jet Ski operator and Rescuer On-board.
A member of the Emergency Response and Rescue Corps, Mr Mario Saliba, attended a course in "Conflict Management Skills: Dealing with Contempt and Negativity in the Classroom and in the Workplace" in Cyprus. The five day intensive program was organised by Dorea Educational Institute and conducted by Mr Naoum Liotas, Organisational Consultant, Trainer and Coach at Arts in Human Resource Management. Another nine participants from different European countries attended the course.
Being present in most of every day's situations, facing conflict by educators and trainers is a continuous process. The course helped the participants to come into contact with their own issues and look for solutions and answers, while at the same time acquiring various skills to handle conflict in others.
The attendance for this conference was funded by the European Union Program Grundtvig in service training.
The Annual General Meeting of the Emergency Response and Rescue Corps was held on Saturday, 27 April.
The Annual General Meeting highlighted the work and projects done by ERRC during 2012. This included EU Projects conducted by the ERRC, such as the Tactical Medic and Calm Waters. The former provided training in Tactical Medicine to the Armed Forces of Malta while the latter involved members of the Civil Protection Department as well as ERRC volunteers.
Furthermore, the ERRC managed a project to built water wells in Nicaragua in collaboration with the Samaritan International and other activities involving youths.
During the 16th to the 18th of April, Anthony Grech, one of our ERRC instructors, attended the international Technical Rescue Conference organised by Rescue3 UK in Cardiff, Wales, UK.