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This interim step will expire at the end of 2015. At that time, all Oceania and Europa CEM candidates must have a bachelor's degree to satisfy the education requirements for the CEM credential. This will bring Oceania and Europa CEM candidates in line with USA CEM candidates.
"I am grateful to these members for stepping up to lead our Council," stated President Rabjohn. "Of course, huge thanks go to Michael Kay (outgoing Vice President) and Laura Shapland (outgoing Secretary) for their contributions to the achievements of IAEM-Europa over the past four years. The handover will take place at a ceremony at the start of EMEC Europa, set for October in Munich. Your Council, your representatives..."
The meeting, held in Cornwall, was set up in the wake of the floods that hit the county in November of last year. At the time the Chief Constable and The Prince of Wales discussed how young people could become more involved in emergency management and be better prepared for a major incident in the community. Following Monday’s meeting, The Prince of Wales has agreed to help develop a new award which could be gained by uniformed youth teams across all agencies.
Cornwall Council, The Scouting Association and Shelterbox have already launched a Community Safety Badge across the peninsula and other parts of the country. The badge has been introduced in Cornwall, Devon and Essex with hundreds of young people now taking up the challenge to be better prepared in an emergency. Cornwall Council Emergency Management Officer Tony Garvin, who is a member of the Local Resilience Forum Warning and Informing Group and Scout leader in Cornwall, devised the badge and has led on the project. He said: “With support from the charity Shelterbox, I developed a new community safety badge for Cornwall Scouts which has been successfully introduced across Cornwall, Devon and Essex with 700 Scouts already receiving it. “It wouldn’t take too much for this to be developed further and moved to a national platform to include all uniformed youth teams.”
Ideas already being planned include putting together a ‘grab bag’ which could be used in an emergency and looking at ways young people could warn and help vulnerable members of the community. Devon and Cornwall Assistant Chief Constable Paul Netherton, who led Monday’s presentation to The Prince of Wales, said: “This is an exciting opportunity for young people to assist and provide a service to the community in times of need. “We certainly wouldn’t want to put young people in harm’s way at any time, but there are ways in which they can help the community prepare for an emergency situation. “I am really pleased The Prince of Wales is interested in taking an active role in supporting this community venture and we believe it has great possibilities for the future.”
At Monday’s meeting the Prince of Wales spoke about his time as a HM Coastguard cadet in Scotland and how the involvement of young people was close to his heart. The project will now progress with the ultimate aim being the creation of a ‘Prince of Wales Award’ in community safety.