Distribution of equipment and fire fighting trucks to the civil defense

12 Mar 2010

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) organised a ceremony to distribute certificates to the civil defense trainees on the occasion of the completion of the second phase of the first stage of the “search and rescue” training. The ceremony took place at the civil defense premises in Tehwita where search and rescue equipments and fire fighting trucks were delivered. 

H.E. French Ambassador in Lebanon Mr. Denis Pieton attended the ceremony alongside UNDP’s Resident Representative Ms Marta Ruedas and the Director General of the Civil Defense General Darwish Hobeika. 

The “search and rescue” training aims to train the civil defense on search and rescue techniques if a disaster occurs. These trainings will minimize injuries during rescue operations and optimize the number of lives saved using the latest equipments. 

The project trained around 100 individuals for the first stage. Then a selection will take place to designate 20 individuals who will pass to the second stage and will be trained accordingly.
The third and last stage will train 8 individuals to be chiefs of groups during search and rescue operations following a disaster. During this last stage, a disaster simulation will take place to initiate the group leaders to disaster search and rescue management. 

It is worth mentioning that the trainings are implemented by French search and rescue experts who have international exposure to catastrophes such as the Haiti earthquake. 

The civil defense project is funded by the French Government and managed by UNDP.