THE PROJECT


Background

According to the European health and social integration survey (EHSIS), in 2012 there were more than 70 million people with disabilities in the EU-27, equivalent to 17.6 % of the population.

The EU’s Charter of Fundamental Rights prohibits discrimination on the ground of disability. The rights of persons with disabilities in the EU are also protected by the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), accepted by the EU in 2010.

Article 11 of the CRPD refers to the safety and protection of persons with disabilities in conflict and emergency situations. To enforce this, it is indispensable that firefighters are trained on how to address the special needs of individuals with disabilities during emergency situations. Unfortunately, nothing further from the truth. Training on how to address the special needs of individuals with disabilities during emergency situations is not included in the firefighters initial training.



Objective

In this context, the objective of the project is to respond to the training needs of firefighters in emergency planning and response when involving individuals with disabilities.



Results

The main project result will be the first e-learning platform for firefighters on emergency planning and response when involving individuals with disabilities.


The e-learning platform will be accessible from computers, tablets and smartphones. The platform will be available in 5 languages -English, Danish, Spanish, Finnish and Slovenian- and it will contain four modules:


MODULE 1: AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER. This module will include:

a) Online training course for firefighters on emergency planning and response when involving individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

b) Online tool to assess the learning outcomes from the online training course and produce a certificate for firefighters to add to their Europass documents.

c) Online toolkit (set of tools, procedures, and supporting materials) for effective emergency planning and response when involving individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder.


MODULE 2: VISUAL AND HEARING IMPAIRMENT. This module will include:

a) Online training course for firefighters on emergency planning and response when involving individuals with visual and/or hearing impairment.

b) Online tool to assess the learning outcomes from the online training course and produce a certificate for firefighters to add to their Europass documents.

c) Online toolkit (set of tools, procedures, and supporting materials) for effective emergency planning and response when involving individuals with visual and/or hearing impairment.


MODULE 3: PHYSICAL IMPAIRMENT. This module will include:

a) Online training course for firefighters on emergency planning and response when involving individuals with physical impairment.

b) Online tool to assess the learning outcomes from the online training course and produce a certificate for firefighters to add to their Europass documents.

c) Online toolkit (set of tools, procedures, and supporting materials) for effective emergency planning and response when involving individuals with physical impairment.


MODULE 4: MENTAL IMPAIRMENT. This module will include:

a) Online training course for firefighters on emergency planning and response when involving individuals with mental impairment.

b) Online tool to assess the learning outcomes from the online training course and produce a certificate for firefighters to add to their Europass documents.

c) Online toolkit (set of tools, procedures, and supporting materials) for effective emergency planning and response when involving individuals with mental impairment.