DITAC (Disaster Training Curriculum)
- Building Peace and Social Cohesion
DITAC (Disaster Training Curriculum) is an EU project to develop a holistic training curriculum for first responders and strategic crisis managers dealing with international crises. DITAC will address the key challenges for the management of disaster incidents.
The project started in January 2012 and is funded by the European Commission under the 7th Framework Programme. DITAC brings together scientists from various academic institutions and small and medium-sized enterprises across Europe and is primarily coordinated by the University Clinic Bonn (Dr. Philipp Fischer).
DITAC is intended to develop a standardized strong, comprehensive and efficient EU-wide approach to crises and disasters to feature the added value by EU coordinated actions in the field of crisis response. The curriculum will improve the preparedness and availability of trained personnel by providing a common language, common objectives and common tools leading to better results in the protection and assistance of people confronted with large-scale crises.
Establishing a curricular training on how to respond to an international crisis and making it accessible to pertinent organizations throughout the EU will be a first step towards building a European Emergency Response Centre. Collaboration of specialists for disaster response as single experts in the field of international crisis management with local, regional and international authorities, NGOs, training institutes, scientific societies, research institutes and the cooperation of experts with backgrounds in medical, psychological and technical emergency assistance, logistics, knowledge management, collaborative network development, conflict analysis and security challenges will create synergies towards improved disaster response capacity in the European Union.
BICC has been a full partner in the DITAC consortium from the beginning, contributing its expertise to the work in designing training curricula, simulations, and ethical and legal solutions of working in post-conflict states. BICC has extensive experience in the minutiae and practicalities of working on projects outside Europe, which is interwoven into the entire curriculum.