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FIRE AID attends meeting of the Global Alliance of NGO’s for Road Safety

Fri 07, Jun, 2019

Last week was a busy week for FIRE AID as our Coordinator, Claire Hoyland joined founding member, the Eastern Alliance for Safe and Sustainable Transport (EASST) in Crete to celebrate their 10-year anniversary, represent FIRE AID at the 27th meeting of the United Nations Road Safety Collaboration (UNRSC) and to speak at the post-crash symposium at the biannual meeting of the Global Alliance of NGO’s for Road Safety. 

The meeting of the Global Alliance of NGO’s for Road Safety in Chania, Crete included participants from over 250-road safety NGOs from all over the world. FIRE AID participated in the post-crash symposium event by sharing the project work of our members focusing on how we ensure sustainability within our projects.

On Thursday 11th April we supported EASST as they hosted a special symposium on road safety and responsible travel and tourism. Here EASST launched their report on International Tourism and Road Safety in Greece, the culmination of a year-long research collaboration with Make Roads Safe Hellas, the National Technical University of Athens, the University of Macedonia, the University of the Aegean and the Hellenic Open University to examine the relationship between tourism and road safety, with specific attention on tourists’ perceptions of road safety in Greece.

In the evening we attended EASST’s celebration reception and dinner, along with FIRE AID members the World Rescue Organisation (WRO) and United Kingdom Rescue Organisation (UKRO) where EASST launched their ‘10 years of saving lives’ impact report and video. The video and report looks back at EASST’s work on road safety capacity building and development since 2009. The report covers many of EASST’s biggest achievements from improvements in enforcement, education and engineering, to post-crash response and the development of FIRE AID.

On Friday 12th April EASST Director and FIRE AID’s Vice Chair, Emma MacLennan spoke at the High-level Symposium hosted by the Alliance and Towards Zero Foundation, on the Decade of Action from an NGO perspective and toward 2030. Shortly after Emma’s speech EASST were awarded the 2019 FedEx Road Safety Award for exceptional commitment to road safety and growing impact. We would like to express our congratulations to EASST on this fantastic achievement.

As the week drew to a close FIRE AID supported both the Alliance and UNRSC by undertaking a promotional activity for the UN Global Road Safety Week, which is 6- 12th May 2019. For this activity there was a commemoration walk in memory of victims of road traffic incidents as well as an area where NGO’s could pledge to raise awareness of road safety issues. NGO’s were able to sign up to a pledge and also use pledge speech bubbles to promote the UNGRSW on social media. We encourage all our members get involved in promoting the area of post-crash response throughout this week!