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15th anniversary of the FAEEN

Published on 13/11/2006

This is a very special year for the European Red Cross and Red Crescent National Societies, because no less than three anniversaries were celebrated jointly, in October 2006, at the time of the annual meeting of the European first aid education managers:

- the 15 years of the First Aid Education European Network, gathering today 52 Red Cross and Red Crescent National Societies;

- the 10 years of the European Reference Centre for First Aid Education; the Centre encourages the cooperation between European National Societies and represents the permanent link between the members of the Network;

- the creation, 10 years ago, of the European First Aid Certificate.

In order to celebrate these three anniversaries in a symbolic framework, the meeting was held in Henry Dunant’s native country, in Geneva, from 4 to 7 October. The first day was dedicated to the visit of the representative structures of the Movement (IFRC, ICRC, RC/RC Museum) and at the end of the day, an official opening ceremony took place at the International Federation’s offices. This ceremony represented an opportunity to highlight the Network’s past and current achievements and initiatives, among them: the European First Aid Certificate, the Competence Based Training concept, the European First Aid Day, the website dedicated to first aid (www.firstaidinaction.net), the management of European projects on road safety, on civil protection…According to the European Reference Centre for First Aid Education, the added value of such a Network lies in the sharing of knowledge, the creation of an environment enabling wide spread of first aid procedures through quality training programmes, an increase in the impact of the national activities and the reinforcement of a collective force.

The Network’s 15th annual meeting was the occasion to announce the publication of the Red Cross and Red Crescent National Societies’ first on-line first aid manual. During plenary sessions, several National Societies presented their first aid activities; several key subjects were also on the agenda such as the European Resuscitation Council’s guidelines 2005-2006, the cardio-pulmonary resuscitation and automated external defibrillation training, first aid training for groups considered as vulnerable, the new developments in the European First Aid Certificate, scientific and pedagogical studies, updates and results of several projects co-financed by the European Commission.

The Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in Europe train more than 3 million people every year in first aid – that is more than half of the estimated 5,900,000 people trained in life-saving techniques annually on the continent.
Because each human being has the capacity to save lives, the European Red Cross and Red Crescent National Societies - 32 were represented – have reiterated their commitment to work towards the objective of having at least one person per household, per work place, per public site, trained to perform the basic life-saving techniques to preserve the physical integrity of a victim.


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