The activity in the Covid-19 era from the voice of the protagonists: from the REAS webinars a signal of trust for the emergency sector
REAS has always been alongside the protagonists of emergency management and even more in such a delicate moment in which operators and volunteers are engaged in the forefont for the containment of the spread of Covid-19.
Waiting for the next edition postponed for a year and to be held from 8 to 10 October 2021, on Friday 2, Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 October, REAS has promoted a program of conferences, seminars and online courses dedicated to some key issues of the sector, considering expertise gained over the last few months in the coping of the pandemic Covid-19. The events proposed by voluntary organizations and associations were followed by the REAS website and Facebook page during the days of 2, 3 and 4 October. A virtual moment to send a real message of resilience and trust.
On Friday 3 October, at 10 am, the Italian Red Cross proposed the seminar entitled “Emergency and Information Management during the response to Covid-19“. The experience of the Italian Red Cross in this phase was illustrated in detail by dr. Lorenzo Massucchielli, Head of CRI Planning.
In the afternoon, with the seminar entitled, “The volunteer between old and new PPE” promoted by AiFOS Civil Protection, the REAS audience had the opportunity to explore one of the most interesting topics for those who work today in the world of volunteering. The interventions of dr. Stefano Farina, vice president of AiFOS Civil Protection, and of dr. Daniela Panariti, RSPP and consultant on safety in the workplace, offered an exhaustive overview on PPE and how to manage them in the Covid era
Friday ended with the seminar edited by the Italian Relief Corps of the Order of Malta entitled “COVID-19: the experience and activities in the CISOM territory“. The lawyer Marino Colosio, CISOM national inspector, the lawyer Carlo Settembrini Trabucchi, Lombardy group leader, and Leonardo Spataro, Brescia group leader, illustrated the activities carried out by CISOM, the participation in the construction of the Covid Hospitals in Milan and Civitanova Marche and above all the spirit of service of a particularly active company in the area.
Saturday 3 October was dedicated to the fourth edition of the AIB national round table dedicated to forest fire fighting, an event that for years, during REAS, has brought together the main characters from all over Italy. This year the appointment took place in an unprecedented online formula which involved, under the skilful direction of Franco Pasargiklian, director of the magazine “La Protezione Civile Italiana”, AIB representatives of the stations of the Liguria Region, Lombardy Region, Puglia Region, Piedmont Region and Tuscany Region. dr. Dario Negro brought the greeting of the head of the National Civil Protection Department Angelo Borrelli. A lot of testimonies and different experiences emerged from the various interventions and activities carried out in recent months, with the aim of carrying out a series of concrete proposals to make the management of the fire emergency even more coordinated and effective.
The round table had an international scope thanks to the initial speech of Andreas Züge, general manager of Hannover Fairs International GmbH, co-organizer of REAS together with Centro Fiera di Montichiari, and to the greeting recorded by Germany by Dirk Aschenbrenner, president of VFDB, the German Association for the Fire Protection. At the end of the works, the director of the Centro Fiera di Montichiari Ezio Zorzi launched the proposal to promote the “AIB general states” of forest fire prevention on the occasion of REAS 2021, involving all the representatives of the twenty Italian Regions in a great moment of discussion, as well as organizations and associations from abroad.
The seminar proposed by the Province of Brescia entitled “What to know to manage a volunteer organization of Civil Protection” concluded REAS online events on Sunday 4 October with. Despite some technical unforeseen events due to bad weather that initially delayed the connection, Giovanni Sala, coordinator of Civil Protection groups, summarized all the fundamental aspects to be taken into consideration in order to properly manage the administration of the OGV.
Within the next few days, all webinars can be reviewed on the website www.reasonline.it in order to provide everyone the opportunity to listen to or to watch the various contributions.
“The initiative turned out to be a successful experiment” explains Gianantonio Rosa, president of Centro Fiera S.p.A.. “The world of emergency is closely linked to REAS. While waiting for the 2021 edition, it was important to send a message of trust that would reach all volunteers and operators who dedicate their energy and commitment to the benefit of all of us. Their enthusiasm motivates us to work with even more conviction for the next edition of REAS which will be held from 8 to 10 October 2021.”