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Rescue Global has worked with BMT Defence Services Ltd and Blue Bear Systems to develop a mobile application to help responders safely assess hazardous situations.
With over 45 million people worldwide estimated to be trapped in a form of modern slavery, it is believed that every single person will have come into contact with a victim without realising it. How do disasters force vulnerable people into modern slavery?
As part of our training cycle, last week a team of Rescue Global Operational and HQ staff underwent a one week Management of Search Operations for Land and Water Incidents training with Outreach Rescue LTD in Wales.
Last week the Rescue Global team presented at the US Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) meeting at Florida International University (FIU) in Miami.
Rescue Global is committed to the continuous professional development of our staff, in order to maintain currency and competency in each team member’s subject matter expertise. It is essential for deployable staff to conduct up-to-date training and be exposed to situations that they may experience in the field. To this end, the entire Rescue Global team (deployable and non deployable) have all undertaken basic prehospital medical training, and others are developing their advanced skills, as relevant to their roles. Recently, the Rescue Global Pathfinder Team Medic undertook an observational attachment at a local hospital. The opportunity to observe the way in which individuals and teams worked together to save lives under pressure gave an invaluable insight which can be applied to a post-disaster environment.
In the immediate aftermath of a disaster an array of critical needs emerge: food, water, shelter, and the ability to locate loved ones. Another urgent need, which may be less evident to those outside of civil, government or military response entities, is for information. Yet without information, responding to urgent relief needs is difficult or ineffective, as priorities cannot be identified. Further, in order for information to be actionable intelligence it must also be verified and reliable.
The Global Slavery Index puts the number of those in slavery across the world today at more than 45 million people, more than at any other point in human history. An estimated 13,000 of these victims are in the UK alone. Sadly, disasters are frequently a catalyst to individuals becoming vulnerable to this type of exploitation. Opportunistic criminal organisations, or individuals, will use the chaos after a disaster as a cover to exploit newly, or increasingly, vulnerable people. This exploitation can come in many forms, and whilst there has traditionally been a tendency to equate trafficking crimes solely to sexual exploitation, labour exploitation is currently increasing at a much faster rate. Working across the entire disaster risk reduction and response cycle, Rescue Global is interested in all aspects of disaster impacts and therefore, we have begun collaborative work to help fight modern slavery.