Johanniter-Academy Berlin

Background

The Johanniter-Academy Berlin is mandated to conduct all kinds of trainings and scenarios for the disaster response volunteers of Johanniter International Assistance. The yearly training, called Fieldcamp, is aiming at good practical and theoretical knowledge in emergency situations for the response teams.

In 2016 on Saturday and Sunday 15th & 16th October, inlcuded around 200 participants from three countries gathered together at a training event organised  by  Johanniter  Germany  to  practice  emergency  operations  abroad.  One  could  have  met  particpants from Johanniter Austria, Johanniter Finland, ASB, Austria, England and Johanniter Germany at a training site of the Academy for Fire and Emergency Protection in Celle (Lower Saxony). The goal of the exercise was to meet conditions to register for so-called ‘Emergency Medical Teams (EMT)’ of the World Health Organisation (WHO) in close cooperation with the ASB. WHO foresees that by having introduced a registration system with standardised procedures under EMT, medical teams will be able to deliver a faster and better coordinated help under emergency conditions. The  exercise  simulated  an  earthquake  with  a  vast number of injured victims. The goal was to reinforce cooperation of volunteering emergency rescuers  from  various  countries  and  to  prepare them in the best way possible for an emergency action abroad. WHO evaluators appreciated the  quality  of  cooperation of the teams. Jorge Salamanca Rubio designated mentor of WHO, who is in charge of the classification process for EMT, said to be impressed by having the chance to observe cooperation between the emergency teams. ‘This is exactly how I imagine medical emergency teams in action’, he said.

In 2014 the Fieldcamp had the motto “acting flexible in unexpected situations”. This training was conducted from the 17th to the 19th October 2014 at the Truppenübungsplatz Oberlausitz with around 100 participants from Germany, Austria, Hungary and Finland. The scenario contained an 7.8 Richter-scale earthquake in the country Armian, were the mountain region of Xiampu was hit and thousands of inhabitants were injured or dead.

The emergency response teams had to check through checkpoints, discuss and negotiate with organisations and governments to coordinate their response. And during the scenario they had to react on unexpected situations to increase their flexibility, decision making and team management.

Tasks

Along the above mentioned areas, the following tasks were conducted:

  • Development of a new concept and its implementation, incl. development of the scenario details – in close cooperation with ASB
  • Support of the logistical and administrative implementation
  • Conducted training through the scenario
  • Establishing indicators to define learn targets
  • Evaluation of Lessons Learned

Results

After the conduction of the tasks the following results could be successfully achieved:

  • Successful implementation of the exercises (Fieldcamp)
  • Increase of knowledge within all participants, measured on the defined indicators, also in relation to the needs of ASB
  • Defining new thematic areas for the Fieldcamp 2016 and to establish all experiance for the EMT registration