We work to actively improve post-crash response and thereby survival rates through projects with our partners FIRE AID. This is vital to saving lives and has been an essential Pillar within the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020. By giving someone first aid within the first 10 minutes after a crash, their chances of surviving increase by 60-70 per cent.
Unfortunately, despite often highly motivated and capable crews, post-crash care is generally poorly resourced in the EASST region. In Tajikistan, most emergency rescue vehicles are over 20 years old and sparsely equipped, and fewer than 11 per cent of seriously injured road traffic victims are transported to hospital by ambulance.
Improving capacity for emergency response can make a vast difference to saving lives. In 2016 the WHO estimated that improving emergency care “could address over half of the deaths in low and middle income countries”. For this reason, one of EASST’s core aims is to build resilience and capacity for emergency response across the region.
EASST is one of the founding members of FIRE AID, an association of UK organisations and services with a mutual interest in providing ethical and sustainable donations of fire and rescue aid and training to countries facing the greatest challenges. Among other areas of work, FIRE AID provides guidance for donation projects, manages an equipment database, and provides a forum for discussion on issues relevant to its members.
Post-Crash Response News
EASST and Operation Florian donate ‘transformer car’ to the Lviv State University for Life Safety, the country’s national fire-fighting training school, to support fire fighters in training for fast and effective road traffic collision extraction.
Ukrainian fire services gratefully receive donations of emergency response equipment and training, improving their capacity for immediate post-crash rescue.
To celebrate our 10th anniversary year we’re looking at the impact of our partners’ work on promoting safer roads. Read the story from Tajikistan.
FIRE AID members send emergency response and road traffic collision equipment to Tajikistan, via Belarus, to further improve capacity for post-crash response.
Our latest FIRE AID project empowers local fire services and all-female search and rescue teams to improve emergency road rescue in the mountains of Tajikistan.
A successful end to a five-year FIRE AID partnership in Moldova sees improved capacity for road traffic emergency response and lives saved.
EASST and UKRO join forces to undertake a review of Georgia’s immediate post-crash system looking at preventative measures and steps to improve emergency response.
Fire fighters from Chisinau and Tiraspol enjoy a week of intensive training in the UK provided by East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service.
Post-Crash Response Resources
Introducing FIRE AID and International Development
FIRE AID and International Development is an umbrella organisation of fire and rescue organisations carrying out humanitarian projects in low and middle-income countries. Its members deliver ethical and sustainable donations of fire and rescue equipment and training to emergency services. (2019)
Investing to save lives: an impact investment case for preventing road trauma
This report commissioned by the FIA Foundation presents the cost-effectiveness of road safety interventions and the benefits of investing in prevention. (2016)
Post-Crash Response: Supporting those affected by road traffic crashes
This report published by the World Health Organisation in November 2016 describes the importance of effective post-crash response and the components needed to achieve this.