On 15th October, JOIN delegates met online for a second Annual General Meeting (AGM) this year. Following a formal AGM held online on 3rd June, it was finally not possible to meet face-to-face because of the uncertainties related to the evolution of the pandemic. During the meeting, the new Board for the years 2021 to 2023 was elected. The delegates thanked the resigning Chair Johannes Bucher and unanimously elected Mark Broughton from St John Ambulance to succeed him for the next two years. Continue reading
JOIN Clinical Working Group meets in London
Following the publication of European First Aid for 5 to 7 years old last month, the JOIN Clinical Working Group met in the British capital from 16th to 18th October to start new projects. Our medical doctors explored the possibility of drafting a First Aid Manual for Young People. After three days of intensive work, they agreed on the structure (chapters and headings) and the primary content of the future manual. Continue reading
News from the Members
England: St John Ambulance holds Restart a Heart Day
Restart a Heart is held annually on 16th October, where thousands of people across the UK, and many more worldwide, come together to increase public awareness of cardiac arrests. A major aim is to increase the number of people trained in lifesaving CPR and defibrillator use. The initiative is led by Resuscitation Council UK alongside its partners – St John Ambulance, the British Heart Foundation, British Red Cross and Yorkshire Ambulance Service. This year, our English member resumes training where possible, restoring confidence in the public to administer CPR and reaching out to new and diverse audiences to enable them to learn CPR.
Italy: S.O.G.IT oversees international regatta in Trieste
On 10th October, the international sailing regatta started for the 53rd time in Trieste. The route is a 13-mile triangle, starting between Barcola and Miramare and arriving in front of Piazza Unità d'Italia. Our Italian member placed a rescue boat every 500 metres to be able to intervene quickly in case boats capsize and people end up in the water. With difficult weather conditions, S.O.G.IT and the coast guards of Trieste held 11 interventions and rescued 7 people on the sea. Have a look at the pictures here.
News from the Volunteer Swap
Report by volunteers from England at the Rantamaraton
From 18th to 19th September, the annual Rantamaraton took place by the seaside of Espoo City. Johanniter Finland was supported by two volunteers from St John Ambulance. Chloe Massey and Richard Swan travelled from Bristol to Espoo for the first Volunteer Swap since the beginning of the pandemic. Together, the team of 21 people provided medical coverage and first aid to the runners and spectators. Read the report here.
New opportunity with ambulance services in Bavaria, Germany
The regional association of Allgäu welcomes volunteers to learn about ambulance services in rural and mountainous areas. The opportunity continues throughout this and next year, and times can be agreed upon. Our German member in Allgäu provides different social services to the population in the pre-alpine lands up to the Alps, close to the Austrian and Swiss borders. The volunteer/s can arrange a time period and will participate in the ambulance service. Find out more about the opportunity here.
News from Europe
Register to the Public Safety Communication Europe Conference in Brussels
The annual Public Safety Communication Europe (PSCE) Conference will take place from 30th November to 1st December in Brussels. It provides a common platform for researchers, industry and users to meet and network, learn about technologies that are used for public safety and influence policymakers at European levels. This year's conference addresses the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to improve first responders' situation awareness, featuring experts such as Georg Aumayr, Head of the Research and Development department of our Austrian member. Further topics entail improving preparedness for climate change emergencies and using broadband communication in mission-critical applications. Read the agenda and register here.
Johanniter raises awareness on World Food Day
On 16th October, World Food Day is held as a reminder that millions of people around the world go hungry. According to current figures from the United Nations, more than 800 million people worldwide are acutely threatened by hunger. Especially in Africa, the number of hungry people has risen sharply due to new and ongoing conflicts, the Corona pandemic and the noticeable consequences of climate change. Johanniter International Assistance focuses its activities in Kenya, Congo, Mozambique, Uganda and South Sudan on treating malnourished children and women. Read about their activities here.
EU Civil Protection Mechanism celebrates 20th anniversary
The 22nd October marked the 20th anniversary of the EU Civil Protection Mechanism, in which Johanniter Germany has played an essential coordinating role. The mechanism has been activated more than 500 times to coordinate assistance to people affected by natural disasters and other crises in Europe and worldwide. This included millions of supplies of medical material during the COVID-19 pandemic to dispatching emergency items following earthquakes and floods. Read more here.
News from European Projects
MED1stMR website and social media launched
The website of Med1stMR is launched. Find out how the project will develop innovative mixed reality training technology to prepare medical first responders for future challenges. Access information about the consortium members, partners, news and events, as well as the project's methodology and deliverables. On the new project website, you can find all its social media channels.