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On 21 June 2016 in the hall of Split-Dalmatia County Deputy Prefect Luka Brčić awarded 25 GPS devices  to ten (10) Volunteer  Fire Departments (DVD) as one of the activities in the project HOLISTIC (holistic model of integral protection from forest fires).

GPS  devices were given to : DVD Trogir, DVD Mladost, DVD Kastel Gomilica-, DVD Kaštela, DVD Gata, DVD Kučiće, DVD Omis, DVD Dugi Rat, DVD Makarska- and JVP Split.

The Commander of the Fire Department of Split Dalmatia County, Mr. Dražen Glavina, in the name of all Volunteer  Fire Departments (DVD),  thanked for the donation of GPS devices and stressed out how important their role will be important in giving information about the location of firefighters and their vehicles in case of fire.

In Cetinje, on 31 May and 1 June, took place the International conference of the Adriatic IPA project "HOLISTIC", which refers to a holistic model of integral protection of forest fires and earthquakes.

During the conference, participants were addressed by Director of Business Center and Project Coordinator for Project Partner Royal Capital Cetinje, Luka Jovicevic, a representative of the Ministry of Interior of Montenegro, Director General of Emergency Situations, Ljuban Tmušić, as well as the director of the Seismological Institute of Montenegro, Branislav Glavatovic.

Conference, organized by the Business Center Cetinje was attended by partners from the Adriatic and Ionian region, which ,along with the Old Royal Capital Cetinje, participate in the Project, including external collaborators - experts, who are part of this project deployed for the projections in Montenegro Country.

On Tuesday, 24/5/2016, was held a training course for civil protection volunteers in nature park Žumberak-Samoborsko gorje. This nature park is well known for its nature and is considered as one of the top destination for weekend relaxes of Zagreb County citizens. This area consists of submediterranean forest communities, where is higher forest fire’ risk.

The training course was organized by Croatian Forest Research Institute (FB1) within WP8 “Target Groups Education and Awareness”. The participants had an opportunity to learn about behavior to adopt in fire fighting in protected areas and to see demonstration actions of fire outbreak readiness demonstrated by Firefighting community of Zagreb county and Voluntary Firefighting Association Jastrebarsko. Also, they were informed about the HOLISTIC project, about the fire risks and about burnt area restoration.

All together participated 46 participants – mostly members of local Voluntary firefighting associations, members of Mountain Rescue Service, hikers, hunters and other nature park stakeholders.

In last several decades we are witnessing the rapid climate changes, whose impact on the forest health and productivity of forest ecosystems is unquestionable, but also has a significant influence that forests have on the climate efect. That was the reason why this year's Open days are devoted to the topic "Forest and Climate" - the interaction of forest ecosystems and climate change.

Croatian Forest Research Institutes' Open Days were held ond May the 19th, 2016 in Jastrebarsko. During the day, manifestation was visited by more than a thousand of children from the cities of Zagreb, Jastrebarsko and nearby places. The institute's employees prepared an interesting program for visitors that started early in the morning. Visitors were also able to attend the presentation of the EU project ˝HOLISTIC˝, IPA Adriatic CBC Programme.

DSC 0560 dsWithin the IPA Adriatic Cross-Border Cooperation 2007-2013, funded by the EU and the realization of the project Holistic model of integral protection of forest fires – HOLISTIC, training for firefighters was held on 25th of May 2016 (basic training) and 27th of May (advanced training) in the assambley hall of West Herzegovina Canton in Široki Brijeg.
On the basic training, firefighters and volunteers learned about basic intervention in the case of forest fire. Advanced training improved their knowledge about forest fire and firefighters from the Civil protection were showing them how to manage with jets in a big risk with the fires.

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Long term and successful cooperation in the field of protection and rescue between Split-Dalmatia County and the City of Split resulted with organization of joint exercises of all operational civil p
rotection forces in the area of ​​the County and the City. Given that now is the start of the tourist season, and as the month of May is also the month of fire protection, the planned two demonstrations are focused on the display mode of action of certain components of operational civil protection at a given moment by simulating an accidents.

On 20th May 2016 began a large joint exercise "West Coast 2016" which was attended by all available forces of civil protection : from members of the Fire Department of the city of Split, the Port Authority, the Croatian Mountain Rescue Service, Croatian Red Cross, the Department of Emergency Medicine of Split-Dalmatia County, DVD Kastel Gomilica  for Environmental Conservation, Civil Protection of SDC and Civil Protection of City of Split.

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On 17 May 2016 the Municipality of Ajdovščina (FB13) organized a training course for professional firefighters in the town of Ajdovščina. The main focus of the training course was the monitoring system together with the monitoring equipment, that was established through the Holistic Project. Following the general presentation of the system and the equipment, the participants were educated about the functionalities and practicalities of the system, which were all presented and tested also in practice. The participants learnt how the monitoring system could help them in pre-fire, fire and post-fire activities, how it can improve the efficacy of their interventions and how it can facilitate their work. Due to the complexity of the monitoring system and constant system improvements, additional individual trainings are scheduled in the following period, so as to anchor the knowledge, to deepen the system applicability and to strengthen its usability.

DSC 0427Within the IPA Adriatic Cross-Border Cooperation 2007-2013, funded by the EU and the realization of the project Holistic model of integral protection of forest fires – HOLISTIC, Info day for pupils were held on 20th of May 2016 in the schoolyard of Gimnasyum fra Dominik Mandić Široki Brijeg, for pupils from elementary and high school.
Firefighters from company Financ for Civil protection, were educating about forest fire and demonstrating how to intervent in the case of fires. Also, during exercises firefighters were showing them standard operation procedures during civil protection activities.
About 100 pupils had basic training and also, they were actively participating in educating demonstrations.

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