IAEA's 67th General Conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency 25-29 September 2023
Cemec - European Center for Disaster Medicine presents a report on improving the safety of rescuers and critical infrastructure personnel in conflict zones and complex scenarios. Vienna 25-29 September 2023IAEA's 67th General Conference - European Centre for Disaster Medicine Presents a Report on Enhancing Safety for First Responders in Conflict Zones
Protecting First Responders and Critical Infrastructure Personnel in Complex Scenarios
In an important development at the 67th General Conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the European Centre for Disaster Medicine presented a key report, focusing on the imperative matter of safety and security for first responders, emergency medical services teams, and critical infrastructure personnel operating in conflict zones, including radiological and nuclear environments. The report addresses emerging threats, with a special emphasis on the protection of individuals serving on the frontlines.
Ensuring the safety and security of Civil Defence personnel and the workforce in conflict zones is of paramount importance for mission success. The report highlights the vulnerability of emergency medical services workers, fire and rescue teams, and personnel in facilities and locations exposed to direct attacks, often resulting in heightened danger, casualties, and victims.
This pioneering report by the European Centre for Disaster Medicine is poised to stimulate a paradigm shift in our approach to the safety and security of first responders and critical infrastructure personnel. The dissemination of these invaluable insights at the IAEA's 67th General Conference extends the international community a unique opportunity to access a research that can potentially save lives and shield those who serve in conflict and crisis circumstances.
The report shared at the IAEA's 67th General Conference constitutes a significant step in progressing the safety and security of those who work in complex environments with the most demanding challenges. It underscores the solid commitment of the global community to elevate the priority accorded to safeguarding the individuals who are ready to put themselves at risk to preserve lives and protect critical infrastructure.