Jordan / Amman

Organization: Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation
Project description:
The project started in 2001 and is planned to be finalized after the upcoming INSARAG External Classification (IEC) exercise which will take place in Amman as from 20 to 22 May 2013. 

The aim is to have a centrally trained and equipped USAR entity in place with SOPs for deployment as well as an outdoor training facility. 

The national counterpart is the Royal Jordan Civil Defence (JCD). The creation of a national USAR team in accordance with the INSARAG Guidelines at heavy level has almost been accomplished and is thought to be done with the IEC in May 2013. It would be the first INSARAG classified heavy USAR team in the Arab world. 

JCD furthermore aims at offering at the training academy outside of Amman, training of civil defense experts from Jordan and other countries from the region. There is a large training base for USAR specifically, including all elements for the training phases learning-consolidation-application. It has been built by JDC with SDC’s support within the frame of the project. 

Local implementing counterparts: Royal Jordan Civil Defence
Contact person: Simon Tschurr
Phone: +41 31 322 39 95
E-mail: simon.tschurr@deza.admin.ch




Organization: Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB)
In line with the Nepal Risk Reduction Consortium and the recommendations from the INSARAG emergency response capacity scoping mission conducted in May 2011, discussions are ongoing with counterparts in Nepal to initiate a national USAR system/organisation structure as part of the overall disaster preparedness and response system. The tentative timeframe is 2011-2014.  

At least one national USAR team will be developed. The team or teams will enable timely and efficient search and rescue operations in structural building failures around the Kathmandu valley as well as in other urban and suburban areas in Nepal. 

Additionally, USAR training resources such as trainers and training equipment will be made available as assets for district and municipality level search and rescue capacities in the country. Development of standards and institutional links to USAR will also be beneficial for search and rescue capacities at all levels.
Contact person: Heidi Huusko
Phone: +46 10 240 5254
E-mail: heidi.huusko@msb.se



The West Bank of the Occupied Palestinian Territory (oPt)
Organization: The Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB)
Project time scope:

01 Dec 2012 – 30 Jun 2013 Pre-Inception, West Bank
MoU, building relations, defining aims, scopes and resources. Defining baselines. Internal evaluation and recommendations.
01 Jul 2013 – 31 Dec 2013 Phase I, West Bank
Planning, identification of national Trainers (ToT), writing of national training curriculum. Defining baselines. Internal evaluation and recommendations.
NB: Funding is currently only available from Sida for the Pre-Inception and Phase I.
01 Jan 2014 – 31 Dec 2015 Phase II, West Bank
Implementation. Training, procurement of USAR equipment, advising on rubble field for collapsed building simulation. Yearly external and internal evaluations and recommendations.

Depending on the outcomes of the above, availability of funding, and on the feasibility, the project may be implemented also for the Gaza Strip. In that case phases III and IV will be added.

Development goal:
More lives are saved in disasters involving structural collapse incidents.

Project purpose:
By supporting the Palestinian Civil Defence and relevant stakeholders in becoming self-sufficient in terms of urban search and rescue training and response, the capacity to organise a timely and effective lifesaving response in disasters involving structural collapse has been increased.

Desired outputs (may not be fully implemented due to current limitation of funds):

1. A national rescue training cadre with USAR competence has been trained and established
2. A national USAR training system has been created and standardised according to the national needs of oPt. This includes a printed training curricula
3. Linkage between the Palestinian Civil Defence and the INSARAG system has been established and is entertained over time
4. A USAR component has been established according to national preconditions and needs, and has been institutionalised in the national response framework
5. USAR equipment for the national support units and a corresponding set of equipment intended for training purposes at the Civil Defence Rescue Training Centre in Jericho has been procured
6. The USAR equipment has been organised in a well-functioning logistical system, with transparent responsibilities and defined maintenance procedures.
7. The Civil Defence Rescue Training Centre in Jericho has adequate outdoor training facilities for training in urban search and rescue.
Due to the current limitation of funds to the Pre-Inception and Phase I, the MSB will focus on delivering within project outputs 2 and 3 during year 2013, touching upon issues in relation to outputs 1 and 4. In case of funding becoming available for the Phase II, then all outputs will come into focus and be developed through the course of the project.

Local implementing counterparts: The Palestinian Civil Defence, the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank, Ramallah. The project is implemented in cooperation with the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in Iceland (MFA) and is a contribution through the UNDP’s programme “Enhancing Capacities for Disaster Risk Management in Palestine”.
Contact person: Mr Daniel Hjärne
Phone: Office: +46 10 240 5118, Mobile: +46 76 14 11 777
E-mail: daniel.hjarne@msb.se 



Islamabad and Karachi
Organization: Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB)

The aim was to have a national USAR system established and institutionalised, consisting of two heavy and one medium USAR teams in line with the INSARAG guidelines.

The project did establish two heavy USAR teams as well as two solid rubble fields for USAR training, however the medium team was cut out from the project. A total of 44 national instructors has been trained and certified through the project's Training of Trainers programme.

The national counterpart was the National Disaster Management Authority who coordinated with national bodies such as the Capital Development Authority in Islamabad, City District Government of Karachi, Rescue 1122 Services of Lahore and the Pakistan Army.

International partners were DFID, SDC and UNDP. The project duration was June 2007 - June 2010.

Local implementing counterparts: National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA)
Contact person: Daniel Hjärne
Phone: +46 10 240 5118
E-mail: daniel.hjarne@msb.se 


Organization: The Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB)

The project started in September 2007 and is coming to an end in December 2011. The aim is to have at least one trained and equipped USAR entity in place with SOPs for deployment as well as an outdoor training facility.

The USAR entities correspond to rescue groups within three existing local rescue services who were trained and equipped to respond to USAR needs. The creation of a national USAR team in accordance with the INSARAG Guidelines has only very recently been initiated, and is thought to be done after the ending of the current USAR project.


Gender awareness is important in USAR capacity development projects. In one of the trainings 2 out of 15 rescuers were women belonging to the local search and rescue group.

Local implementing counterparts: the Committee of Emergency Situations and Civil Defence (CoES)
Contact person: Daniel Hjärne
Phone: +46 10 240 5118
E-mail: daniel.hjarne@msb.se