The objective of the Community Mechanism Induction Course is to prepare the participants for international civil protection missions, both within and outside of the Mechanism geographical area. There are both similarities and differences between these missions, and the duality in context creates an interesting setting for cross-learning. Experience of national civil protection is thus merged with knowledge of the Community Mechanism and experience of international missions in a multitude of contexts. The overarching objective, when preparing the participants for international civil protection missions, is not only to improve the capabilities of individuals and teams, but to further prepare the participants to work in an international context and thus to facilitate coordination between teams by improving compatibility and complementarities.
The target group of the Community Mechanism Induction Course is potential team leaders and deputy team leaders of national civil protection teams, managers, experts and administrators likely to be involved in international civil protection assistance.
The concept of the course is shaped around a combination of theoretical input, case study based syndicate work, seminars and a real time field exercise. The course spans over six days and is divided up in units, which constitute 45 min.
The course starts with an “Introduction”, which comprises of a presentation of the training system, the course objectives and content, the staff and participants as well as a team building exercise. The CMI is intended to supply the participants with knowledge regarding a multitude of topics. One of the key topics introduces the components and functions of the European Community Mechanism. Other topics give an overview of different civil protection systems within the European context and of what international actors the European teams are likely to encounter outside of the Mechanism area. The important information management process, the use of communication & IT equipment and how to work in operational civil protection staff organisations are also introduced. Topics covering safety & security, including stress management, and cultural awareness are also important in order to prepare the participants for missions both within and outside the Mechanism geographical area, as well as humanitarian issues and emergency environment. All topics are later included in the field exercise in which the participants can apply what they have learned under real-like conditions.
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