Context of the Turkish Version of EuroFire Materials
There is a growing understanding that the destruction and over-exploitation of natural resources and ecosystems can threaten the security of communities and nations. Competition over declining natural resources such as forests, fresh water, fisheries or fertile soils, exacerbated by climate change impacts and migratory movements of population, is a threat to stability and peace. Similarly, transboundary pollution or environmental accidents and disasters with cross-border consequences often negatively affect the relations between neighbouring states.
To assist the Southeast European and the South Caucasus countries in enhancing their fire management capacities, the OSCE, within the framework of the ENVSEC Initiative, launched the project Enhancing national capacity on fire management and wildfire disaster risk reduction in the South Caucasus. Conducted by the Global Fire Monitoring Center (GFMC) between 2009 and 2016, the project aims to reduce wildfire risks in the region by improving national capacities to efficiently prevent and respond to wildfires. In order to facilitate and enhance cross-boundary cooperation in fire management in the greater SE European / South Caucasus region, including the Western Balkans and Turkey the project has strengthened the capacities in fire management through the application of the translated EuroFire materials and has conducted practical and theoretical training for firemen based on EuroFire standards on safety, fire management techniques and tactics, use of hand tools and ignition.
Turkey hosted two Regional Training Courses in Fire Management in 2010 and 2014 where these multi-lingual training materials were applied for the first time in several languages: