Saturday, 17. September 2011 to Sunday, 25. September 2011

The training was organised by the Bulgarian Federation of Speleology and Bulgarian Cave Rescue Unit, Chief Directorate Fire Safety and Civil Protection of the Ministry of Interior of Republic of Bulgaria and supported by the Administration of the Republic of Slovenia for Civil Protection and Disaster Relief (ACPDR), Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Slovenia. The training represented Bulgarian contribution to the DPPI SEE Disaster Management Training Programme 2011
Training objectives
During the 8-day training there were 80 hours of various lessons, which took form of lectures, short demonstrations, practical work in smaller caves for consolidation of knowledge and bigger final exercise of the cave rescue activities.
Training was based on various practical exercises and theoretical knowledge, necessary for successful rescue activity and even for the prevention of accidents in the caves.
Extract from contents
Cave conservation
Single rope technique – Alpine style
Procedures for accident in the cave
Examination of the victim
Setting up of evacuation and transport systems and learning rescue manoeuvres
Preparation and evacuation of a victim/stretcher
Planning cave rescue and importance of exercise/rescue analysis
Setting up rescue units for international intervention
Presentation of various specialities inside the rescue services
Target audience
The programme was primarily aimed at volunteer speleologists of caving clubs, firefighters, police officers, soldiers, health workers and other interested protection, rescue and relief forces whose members had passed the speleologist’s examination or had completed equivalent national programmes for independent caving activity and had sufficient experience in the field with excellent knowledge of rope technique (SRT). All participants had to demonstrate in practice on the first day of training that they had the required level of knowledge.
The training was implemented as a combined structure of theoretical lectures and practical work given and supervised by the licensed teachers and instructors from the Training Centre for Civil Protection and Disaster Relief of the Republic of Slovenia of ACPDR. The training programme ‘’Cave Rescuer’’ is approved and signed by the Minister of Defence of the Republic of Slovenia.