The “Safe City” programme
Implementation of a comprehensive umbrella-programme for Świnoujście, raising safety standards of the local community and visitors to Western Pomerania, as well as to create a new education standard aimed at education of a new generation demonstrating awareness of the need to help others and capable of and competent in providing first aid is the priority for the initiators of the "Safe City" programme. The project started in March 2014 and is scheduled for completion in November 2014.
The concept of the "Safe City" programme was created in the aftermath of 2013 Polskie LNG’s "Social Dialogue" programme, i.e. dialogue sessions with key stakeholders of the LNG Terminal project in Świnoujście, in the course of which the company learned, assembled, and subsequently responded to stakeholders’ expectations. The postulates raised by stakeholders addressed additional trainings in LNG technology safety for uniformed services, developing information system for citizens about potential threats, providing specialist equipment for Municipal Police Station and the Municipal Hospital in Świnoujście, public education campaigns for residents of Świnoujście and providing information on project safety and response actions in the event of a potential LNG-related hazard.
Following the analysis of postulates submitted by the Polskie LNG’s social partners, the company decided on implementation of a comprehensive programme comprising educational and preventive actions in Świnoujście schools, and competency training for the uniformed services held on the beach and watersports resorts during summer. For this purpose, the "Safe City" programme will be implemented in three modules:
The " Safe School" module addressed to Świnoujście primary and secondary schools’ teachers and students. Participation in the project is free. This project is a comprehensive solution aimed at raising responsibility, prevention, awareness, teaching and learning first aid among teachers, students and youth, respectively. The module will comprise the following activities:
- equipping 10 educational facilities with first aid kits and first aid training aids (training dummies and training kits);
- lessons for approx. 3000 students of primary and secondary schools to build theoretical knowledge and practical skills in first aid;
- organizing school competitions in first aid adding a component of competition to education about safety and first aid;
- organizing First Aid Championships in Świnoujście for PLNG President's Cup. The event will crown the ‘Safe School’ part of the project. The winning teams of the school-level competition will take part in inter-school competition;
The second module – "Competent Servicemen" is dedicated to nurses and paramedics from the Jan Garduła’s Municipal Hospital and firefighters from Świnoujście unit of the National Fire Service. The purpose of the module is to increase the efficiency of medical rescue operations through the acquisition of medical team’s cooperation skill, elementary and advanced life-saving activities, increasing the efficiency of rescue activities and raising awareness of the risks associated with particular stages of construction and operation of the LNG Terminal. This module provides for:
- trainings for the Świnoujście Hospital personnel. Under two variants of professional training (Basic Life Support Healthcare Provider and Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support), 60 people will receive an international certificate of the American Heart Association.
- professional courses for paramedics and firefighters from Świnoujście municipality and its vicinity.
- in two types of training (seminars for paramedics and firefighters of the National Fire Service and trainings for voluntary firefighters in first aid) 200 people will participate.
"Safe Beach" – will consist in cyclical water rescue demonstrations, including demonstrations of first aid operations aimed at promoting safe leisure at the coast. Each demonstration will consist of several simulated rescue actions using water equipment. During demonstrations, rescuers will encourage tourists to join and participate actively in rescue action and will provide first aid instruction. Safety quizzes and a promotional campaign of LNG terminal safety will be organized as a part of those demonstrations.
ASSETS OF THE ‘SAFE CITY’ PROJECT
- Complexity: a wide target group: children, youth, teachers, tourists, National Firefighting Services, paramedics, nurses.
- Subject: training curricula for children and youth developed by a team of experts (doctors, paramedics), trainings certified by the American Heart Association.
- Age-tailored knowledge and skills: educational content prepared for grades 1-3 primary pupils educational content prepared for grades 4-6 primary students, educational content prepared for lower secondary and upper-secondary schools students.
- Knowledge and skills adjusted for professional groups: professional firefighters, emergency paramedics, nurses.
- Competent teaching staff: professional paramedics and doctors-instructors of the American Heart Association. Each trainer involved in the implementation of Safe School and Competent Servicemen components holds a valid BLS, ACLS or PALS certificate.
- Use of modern teaching methods: watch & practice method, using sufficient number of training dummies allowing individual practice (1 dummy = 1 trainee), use of training first-aid kits, use of "Mass CPR Training" method. Simultaneous training for several dozen people (possibility of training 80 people at one time).
Due to the complexity and broad group of addressees, the ‘Safe City’ project will increase the sense of security of the local community. It will develop a brand new generation of children and youth aware of the need to help others and able to provide competent first aid. Trainings for emergency services and medical staff carried out in accordance with a single standard will result in increased efficiency of their actions and in consequence will have impact on improving safety of all residents of Świnoujście and the surrounding area.
PLNG’s activities during the "Safe City" project meet the OBJECTIVE 2.2.: "Support for local initiatives, particularly in the field of education of children and youth, promoting pro-environmental behavior, and supporting cultural events" and the OBJECTIVE 3.2: "Educational campaigns on liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a safe, clean fuel with low CO2 emissivity" as described in the "Sustainable Development and Responsible Business Policy of Polskie LNG SA".
„SAFE CITY” PROJECT ORGANIZERS
Polskie LNG S.A. is a special purpose vehicle founded in 2007 to build the LNG Terminal in Świnoujście – the system for receiving and regasification of liquefied natural gas (LNG) delivered by sea from almost every direction in the world.
The facility built in Świnoujście is the first infrastructure project of this kind not only in Poland but also in Central and Eastern Europe, allowing diversification of gas supply sources and to improving energy security in the region. For this reason the investment has been recognized by the Government as strategic for Polish economy.
In the first period of operations, the LNG terminal will receive 5 billion cubic meters of natural gas per year. In the future, depending on the demand for this type of fuel, the re-gasification capacity may be increased to 7.5 billion cubic meters, which comprises approx. 50% of current annual demand for gas in Poland (at present Polish consumption of gas amounts to 14 billion cubic meters of gas per year).Besides Polskie LNG S.A., the company responsible for the construction of the land part of the LNG Terminal comprising unloading facilities, liquefied natural gas storage tanks and regasification installation, there are three more entities involved in this investment, namely Maritime Office in Szczecin, Szczecin and Świnoujście Seaports Authority and OGP GAZ-SYSTEM S.A. – PLNG S.A’s parent company.
The construction of the LNG terminal is co-financed from the EU Infrastructure and Environment Operational Programme and the EU Energy Programme for Recovery.
The ‘Always Safe’ Foundation was established on 16 May 2012 by a paramedic Krzysztof Patelak and ananaesthesiologist and intensive care specialist Mr. Antoni Urbanowicz MD. The objectives of the ‘Always Safe’ Foundation include: charity campaigns, protection and promotion of health, social inclusion actions and support for disabled, science, education, higher education and upbringing, order and civil protection, rescue and public safety, providing aid to the victims of natural disasters, promotion and organization of voluntary aid, addiction and social pathology prevention.