The second basic security training in the field of emergency situations in Ovcar-Kablar Gorge

Scientific-Professional Society for Disaster Risk Management organized the second basic security training in the field of risk management, protection and rescue in emergency situations. The training was implemented by the members of the General Purpose Civil Protection Unit of the Scientific-Professional Society for Disaster Risk Management, guided by Asst. Vladimir M. Cvetkovic, PhD, the president of the Society, and other experts in the field of protection and rescue, from 29 November to 1 December 2019, in Ovcar Banja. This time, around 30 students from different faculties had the opportunity to attend basic mountaineering, topography and first aid training, as well as to acquire basic personal security skills, based on police tactics.

Protection and rescue in emergency situations often involves crossing inaccessible terrains. Fear of heights (acrophobia) is one of the most common phobias, and in order for future rescuers to be able to provide the necessary help , they must first check and/or overcome their fear. Therefore, mountaineering training meant climbing a rock and descending down a rope from the railway bridge between Cacak and Pozega (around 30 minutes), so that the trainees acquire the necessary knowledge and skills to safely approach the action of rescuing injured persons. The ascent to the top of mountain Kablar (885m above sea level) was also an opportunity to master inaccessible terrain, but also to apply acquired knowledge in topography. The success of rescue action in most cases depends on the ability of the rescuer to navigate, act and search unknown terrain using topographic maps, so the training has also covered this aspect of protection and rescue.
Ambulance and other health protection teams are not always able to arrive at the scene and provide the necessary help to vulnerable and injured persons, so providing first aid in emergency situations is another skill that the members of Civil Protection Unit and also citizens should master. For this reason, the training included knowledge and skills important for: safely pulling persons out of rubble, water etc., resuscitation, dressing the wounds, stopping the bleeding, immobilization of the fracture and providing optimal transport.

However, in rescue actions, personal security of the rescuer can be endangered as well, so the training included a short self-defense course and ways to disable the attacker. During the training, special attention was given to conditioning and strength training, because only physically capable rescuers can provide necessary help to the vulnerable, without risking their personal safety, life and health. An indispensible part of this type of training is teamwork, developing high level of cooperation and unity among the rescuers, which can be distinguished as a particularly significant element for a successful rescue action, but also a source of satisfaction for the trainees themselves.

Natural disasters (earthquakes, floods, landslides etc.) have always been an integral part of human life on Earth. However in recent decades we have witnessed their increased frequency. The reality of a modern man also consists of various technical and technological accidents, such as ones in different stages of production and transport of dangerous and other substances, road, river, rail and air traffic accidents, disasters in various plants, land, water and air pollution, the consequences of war destructions and terrorism. The experience in our country and in the world so far emphasizes the importance of citizens’ readiness to protect themselves and help rescue their loved ones, primarily due to the fact that they could be the first ones to be found at a place of such an event, while for the arrival of rescue and intervention units it is necessary, above all, to make a call, and also it takes time for them to arrive to the place of the event.

Therefore we invite you to approach your security responsibly and acquire knowledge and skills that can protect and save you and your loved ones in emergency situations. You can find out about our future trainings via our website and our social media profiles (Facebook and Instagram). You can become our member by sending an e-mail to