After the joint action held in Vraca, on Stara Planina, which forms the natural border between Serbia and Bulgaria, a second joint action of volunteers from these two countries was held in the period from September 9 to 11. The aim of this action was that young people, i.e. volunteers, as well as youth workers from the border region to exchange knowledge and experience, as well as to acquire additional knowledge through lectures and exercises when it comes to volunteering in emergency situations.
Twenty participants, 10 each from volunteer centers from Serbia and 10 from Bulgaria, thanks to the facilitator of the whole activity, Vojislav Prkosovački, had the opportunity to be additionally reminded of the principles during volunteering in emergency situations. Also, in cooperation with the representatives of the Department for Emergency Situations from Pirot, the Voluntary Firefighting Society of Pirot, the YU1INO Radio Amateur Club, as well as the Red Cross from the same city, exercises/simulations for dealing with various emergency situations were carried out. The Department for Emergency Situations and the Pirot Voluntary Firefighting Society first discussed with the volunteers how these services act when floods, fires or earthquakes occur, and then a firefighting simulation exercise was carried out, as well as evacuation exercises in case of various emergency situations. Members of the Pirot Red Cross showed the volunteers the basics of applying first aid, which the volunteers themselves could simulate, while the members of the YU1INO Radio Amateur Club showed the action participants their role in emergency situations and how radio communication works.
The project “Moving Borders for Emergency Volunteering” (MBFEV) number CB007.2.22.065 was co-financed by the European Union through the cross-border cooperation program Interreg-IPA CBC Bulgaria – Serbia CCI No 2014TC16I5CB007. This activity is also supported by the Ministry of Youth and Sports of the Republic of Serbia through the Competition for financing and co-financing of programs and projects in the field of the youth sector that have been approved by the European Commission through the Erasmus+ EU program and cross-border cooperation programs.