Buoyed by the training and launch event in March, the new FRR Pakistan team has already held a refresher event in July 2018. Team members traveled to Muzzaffarabad, AJK to setup the suitcase radio system and create sample programmes. Refresher events are key to maintaining momentum and enthusiasm during “peace time”. Some workshop attendees who missed the first field trial gained valuable field experience at the refresher event. FRR Pakistan has set ambitious goals; to develop two national and four provincial FRR teams in disaster-prone areas in Pakistan in the next three years. Come join us in this mission!
FRR successfully launched a new FRR team in Pakistan in March 2018. Thanks to hosts HCR Pakistan, a new team of 15 people is equipped, trained and ready to respond should an emergency need arise. Representatives from Pakistan Red Crescent, Prime Minister's Office, Pakistan Relief, Pakistan Mission Society and FCTP completed the FRR training workshop and field trial. We are grateful to these organisations for putting forward such quality candidates for the course and also to PEMRA, NDMA and Tearfund for providing excellent guest speakers. Thanks also go to our hosts, VoK FM105.4 who allowed the FRR team to use their radio station during the 72 hr field trial in Muzzafarabad. During the trial the team prepared and broadcast program content related to disaster recovery, preparedness and aired survivors' stories in a community that had been devastated by a major earthquake in 2005. HCR Pakistan’s CEO, Hazeen Latif says “we have the equipment, the team and the passion to collaborate with NDMA, PEMRA and other humanitarian actors to save lives and stimulate recovery when everything is lost in a disaster.”
In October 2017 FRR trainers Mike Adams and Alan Fotheringham were in Kathmandu, Nepal to do 'radio in disaster' training with Radio Nepal. Working in partnership with BBC Media Action – Nepal, FRR was helping to strengthen their resilience through four practical days of class work and a one day field trial with the Suitcase Radio equipment.
After 5 days in the classroom FRR training moved onto 3 days in the field. The new team broke the world's record and set up the full FM radio station and started broadcasting in 16 minutes! The Field Trial continues in Pidie Jaya, the location of Aceh's December 2016 earthquake that affected more than 80,000 people.