NO-FEAR is a 5-year project that brings together a network of emergency medical care practitioners, suppliers, decision and policy makers to develop a common understanding and to enhance the response to security-related incidents. The NO-FEAR project seeks to harness the rich experience of our members and leverage our network to improve the exchange of good practices and information in Europe and beyond.

NO-FEAR features in the latest edition of Ambulance Today with the article “NO-FEAR! First Responders at the Frontline: Collaborating with the Non-Professionals” by Anna Joval. Anna is an Adviser in the ambulance and crisis management initiative at the Norwegian Red Cross, a NO-FEAR partner, and has extensive international experience in emergency nursing. 

The article focuses on the roles played by civilians, bystanders and other non-professionals in collaborating with first responders to enable scene and patient safety. It highlights many key points regarding the relationship between the public and security incidents:

  • Bystanders and non-organized volunteers usually initiate life-saving measures quickly
  • Altruism of the population is crucial to the efforts made to save lives
  • It is sometimes necessary for first responders to make use of bystanders and non-organized volunteers to effectively meet the needs of the injured

Given that civilians will always be present at the scene of injury and in many cases begin life-saving measures, this article suggests that bystanders could potentially be exploited as a resource, with the consequence of strengthening society for emergency purposes. Click here to read the full article.

The NO-FEAR project facilitates engagement and collaboration with stakeholders from the emergency medical field, industry, and academia. The project cultivates the exchange of experiences, best practices, and lessons learned along with the ability to access new products and innovation solutions. To access resources, including webinars, events and forums, sign up to become part of NO-FEAR’s network.

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