Leaders of Volunteer Rescuers from Naryn trained in Ministry of Emergency Situations

Jul 25, 2013

Tolkun Makeshova, one of the first women leaders of rescue teams. Credit: Ministry of Emergency Situations

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan – From July 16 till July 25 leaders of volunteer rescue teams of Konorchok and Ak-Chyi rural districts of Naryn oblast participated in a training course at the Kyrgyz Repulic Ministry of Emergency Situations Training Center. Volunteer rescuers gained were trained on rescuing and salvage operations, first aid, application of technical equipment during rescue operations etc.

Before graduation ceremony rescuers took part in mock rescue operations in mountain conditions.

Such courses are attended by commanders of voluntary rescue teams from different disaster prone regions of Kyrgyzstan every year. In 2013 four voluntary rural rescue team leaders participated in such training courses.

The training was organized as part of the One UN programme project on reducing vulnerability of local communities through strengthening volunteerism and civic engagement in disaster risk management. This year the voluntary rescue group included:

  1. Tolkun Makeshova, social worker, Konorchok village, Naryn region;
  2. Jypar Bekkeldieva, biology teacher, Konorchok village, Naryn region;
  3. Jeenbek uulu Mirbek, agrarian specialist, Ak-Chyi village, Naryn region;
  4. Bek Chirkeev, specialist on emergency situations of Ak-Chyi Ayil-Okmotu, Naryn region

It was the first time when women joined the voluntary rescue group trained at the Center.

Tolkun Makeshova, social worker in Konorchok village shared her impressions of training course: “Due to my regular work I’m aware of all local problems and I know that we live in one of the most disaster prone regions. Every day we are face dangers of various disasters: mudflows, landfalls etc. I studied at a nursery medical school so during these training course I tried to learn more about first aid treatment. My husband and five children are waiting for me at home. They were worried about me. The training was difficult but interesting. Every day we faced small challenges – climbed the walls of high-rise building, ran for long-distance, learned how to use gas-mask. Finally we had to pass through training course in mountain conditions. I don’t regret that I agreed to plunge in such adventure as I can be helpful for my village and save my family in case of emergencies”.   

After rescuers completed their trainings they got an official permit and certificate authorizing them to act as professional rescuers. From now on they are permitted to be in areas of emergency situations and participate in rescue operations side by side with professional rescuers.

Note: There are about 14 000 disaster prone areas all over Kyrgyzstan; more than 200 emergency situations are being reported each year, displacing 1000 people on average. Majority of population (75%) lives in lowland and highland areas that are prone to disasters related to potentially dangerous natural processes: flooding, landslides, mud flows, floods, earthquakes etc. For this reason it is a critical to strengthen disaster preparedness and response capacities of local communities.

Contact information

Nanaeva Altinay (altynai.nanaeva@env.undp.kg,+996-312-694380 ext. 168 (w.)

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