This training was from 15-18 December with the aim of introduction to international disaster assistance system with emphasis laid on INSARAG to Iranian disaster management and crisis experts. The main purpose is to explain the importance of USAR INSARAG standards for effective (national and international) disaster response and assistance.
The USAR workshop is the first step to improve and enhance the capabilities for national as well as international USAR-deployments which is supported by Iran Relief and Rescue Organization and Iran IRCS.
In the opening speech of the workshop, Mr. Morteza Salimi, the Head of Iran Relief and Rescue Organization emphasized on the importance of the mutual cooperation with international organizations specially UNOCHA and said: We believe the continuation of this effective collaboration can pave the way for our international relief and rescue activities.
"This training is a great opportunity in Iran and this specialized training should be taught to our teams in different provinces as well. The Red Crescent Society's Rescue and Relief Organization announces its readiness to join the great family of INSARAG."
In relevant remarks, Stefan Scholz, the Ambassador of Austria in Iran opened the training and said:" the relationship between Iran and Austria dates back to seven hundred years ago, and for nearly 150 years the two country ties close diplomatic relationship together. We value this two-way relationship and will continue this beneficial collaboration."
He also expressed the hope that this training will be the initiation of future events between Iran and Austria and added:" The event today will undoubtedly lead to the transmission of Austrian experience in search and rescue to Iranian experts, and I hope that this workshop would lead to ongoing collaborations in this area."