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Teens on the U.S. team in 2013. Courtesy photo.




 Young Rescuers USA

What: International Rally of Young Rescuers in Belarus
Where: Belarus
When: July 14 through July 24. Applications being accepted now. 
Age: 13 to 17
Contact: 296-2222
Visit: youngrescuerausa.org




Stop, drop and roll
Young firefighters rally in Belarus

01/16/14



 Every year, Young Rescuers USA sends a team of seven teens to compete in the International Rally of Young Rescuers in Belarus. The coed team, comprised of teens ages 13 to 17, competes with other countries from all over the world in firefighting and rescue tasks. 

“It’s very much a cultural program,” said David Tille, president of Young Rescuers USA. “It’s a tremendous opportunity to be an official U.S. team representative.”
In all there are about 15 countries that participate in the rally. 
In the past the U.S. team has competed in several different types of competitions in Belarus. Some examples of competitions include how to apply a splint with the techniques and the timing, how to help someone who is choking and the basics on what to do if there is a fire in a home. 
The teams also compete in fun activities, such as stage performances with singing and dancing, where they can represent their country and their traditions. 
In a previous year, the teams had to create a newspaper based on different current events in their country. They had to write about emergency situations, like hurricanes, and how they would respond to them in the articles. 
They also have international competitions where the teams are divided with one person per country to a team to perform a set of relay tasks. 
“They have to perform the task all as a group even with the language barriers,” Tille said. 
Young Rescuers USA developed when the University of New Hampshire’s Partners for Peace Program received an invitation to the rally from the Ministry of Emergency Situations of the Republic of Belarus. In 2008, the United States sent the first representative team. 
This year the rally will be held July 14 through July 24. When the teens travel to Belarus they will stay in a campus environment. This year they will be on a lake.  
“The kids have a blast. They really get to know each other,” Tille said.  “All the kids stay in the same building, and with Skype and Facebook these days, they can really make some lifelong friendships.”
Everything is paid for, including any excursions, by fundraising money. 
In June, before they depart in July, they will spend their time training under Lt. Leo Roy of the Manchester Fire Department. 
“It’s an incredible opportunity to meet and make friends from all over the world, see the country and the history, learn some basic first aid and leadership skills and also some basic Russian phrases,” Tille said. “It’s an opportunity to be really well-rounded. They’re learning a lot globally.” 
They are currently starting to choose kids for the team and are doing interviews right now. They’ve received applications from teens who have interests in fire and rescue, nursing, EMT and travel. 
They are still accepting applications, and anyone is welcomed to apply. The application deadline is May. 
 

As seen in the January 16th, 2014 issue of The Hippo

 





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