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Emergency Tactical Command – Beirut

Lebanese Red Cross

The Lebanese Red Cross started to provide its first aid services in 1964. There were only 12 first aid volunteers at the time. In 1975, the number of volunteers increased to 150 first aiders due to the need created by the Lebanese civil war. In 1982, with the escalation of hostilities with Israel, this number increased to reach 1,000 first aiders at 27 centres. Today, there are almost 2,700 volunteers (male and female) spread over 46 first aid centres and four dispatch rooms across the country, in addition to 280 ambulances.

 LRC provide emergency services on the Lebanese territories around the clock, all year long. the injured are divided into groups and treated according to the priority of their injuries. Field work is coordinated through operating rooms, which maintain communication with deployed teams and hospitals while also coordinating with the Lebanese army, Internal Security Forces, the Civil Defence, Fire Department, and other stakeholders.

The 625 were contracted to design, develop and implement a training and exercising program for the existing Lebanese Red Cross ambulance service in Lebanon.

  1. Competency objectives included:
  2. emergency preparedness
  3. organisational, individual and community resilience
  4. emergency response at the tactical
  5. command, control and co-ordination for manage small, medium and large-scale incidents
  6. functions, roles, responsibilities for national and international disaster response
  7. structured approach to emergency management
  8. methods, tools and techniques of emergency management
  9. Emergency services leadership and management
  10. Planning, organisation and direction of resources

The phased approach to the program included:

  • Phase 1 – Capability and capacity audit
  • Phase 2 – Scheme of work development
  • Phase 3 – Definition of applicable international best practice
  • Phase 4 – Education system design
  • Phase 5 – Formal teaching
  • Phase 6 – Individual and group coaching
  • Phase 7– Validation of skills attainment (examination and OSCE)