Russian-Serbian Humanitarian Center


As you know, the Mountain Rescue Service of Serbia (GSS) is one of the important partners of the Russian-Serbian Humanitarian Center among national volunteer specialized structures. According to the complexity of the tasks carried out by the GSS and the desire of the management of this organization constantly to improve the professional skills of its members, RSHC cooperates with the GSS and provides comprehensive assistance. A memorandum of cooperation between our structures has been developed. The contact with the head of the GSS Vladimir Kacuric is maintained on a regular basis.

In response to the request of the GSS management to increase the level of knowledge of GSS rescuers related to participation in international operations, from 4-8 October, in Belgrade, an employee of the RSHC Olga Proshina conducted a training course in accordance with the methodology of the International Search and Rescue Advisory Group (INSARAG).

The training was dedicated to such topics as:

1. International assistance in emergencies

2. Roles and Responsibilities of International Responders

3. Urban Search and Rescue Response (USAR) Working Cycle

4. International Search and Rescue Advisory Group

5. United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination System (UNDAC)

6. USAR Coordination overview: Global Disaster Alerting and Coordination system, Virtual On-Site Operations Coordination Center (VO), Reception and Departure Center (RDC), On-Site Operations Coordination Center (OSOCC), USAR Coordination Cell (UCC) and Sector Coordination (SC)

7. Search and rescue operations in the emergency area: Assessment, Search and Rescue Levels (ASR), Sectorization, INSARAG Marking and Signalling system, Communications, Base of Operations (BoO), Safety and security.

8. USAR Team structure

9. INSARAG External Classification/Reclassification (IEC/R)

10. Ethical considerations for USAR Teams

11. Working with Media in emergencies

It should be noted the rescuers' interest, their active participation in the implementation of practical tasks and discussions of response issues at both international and national levels, as well as the participants' good knowledge of the English language course on which the training was conducted.