We work to actively improve post crash response and thereby survival rates through projects with our partners FIRE AID.
Post-crash response 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 and post-crash care 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: to improve post-crash response and save lives.
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 Project News
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.
Over 300 items of PPE have been donated to firefighters on both banks of the Nistru river to provide better protection when responding to emergencies.