Field Response Surge Training (FIRST) in Vienna
The Surge Capacity Section (SCS) facilitated a Field Response Surge Training (FIRST) in Vienna, Austria, from 30 September through 7 October. The event was hosted by the Austrian government. This core pre-deployment training is designed to provide Emergency Response Roster (ERR) members with the knowledge and skills to respond in critical emergency response situations. Apart from more technical sessions about OCHA’s role concerning information management and communications as well as negotiation among other topics, the training includes field and desktop exercises. 23 individuals from various OCHA offices participated.