Online game training children to react in emergency situations, launched in Cluj

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An online game for children aged from 7 to 12 teaching them how to react in case of emergency situations, such as fires, floods or earthquakes, has been launched as a national first in Cluj.

The game was launched by the General Inspectorate for Emergency Situations (IGSU) and the Federal Bureau of Civil Protection and Assistance to Disasters (BBK) in Germany.

BBK president Cristoph Unger said that the game aims at improving the self-protection capacities in daily risk situations “by providing an efficient training within the educational system in the partner states.”

“We launched an online educational game for the first time in Romania. The game is addressing children aged from 7 to 12 and is entitled <Be heroes like them, Rex and Andrei versus dr. Formidabilis>. The game is developed within an European project that aims at raising the youth awareness on training and protection against risks, worth over EUR 1 M. The game provides a new working tool for youngsters by enabling an efficient training within school. It will provide youngsters with correct information and necessary solutions in various emergency situations, in other words it will teach them how to react in case of domestic accidents, storms, fires, floods or earthquakes,” said Unger.

The online game has 5 levels, while the characters are a boy, Andrei and his dog, Rex, which also stars as fireman or ambulance rescuer, while Andrei has to solve various emergency-related attempts, such as fires, floods, earthquakes, domestic accidents or first aid cases.

Also attending the launching event, Raed Arafat, the head of the Department for Emergency Situations within the Interior Ministry, warned that the population that is not trained for such emergency cases is vulnerable, and the state cannot face disasters by itself, so that the population’s training is needed, in partnership with the state.

“It’s a game where the child learns how to react in an emergency situation. Parents might play the game as well together with the child and thus it will be a way of training the population. It’s one of the most important projects related to the population training,” said Arafat.

The game cost EUR 500,000 and can be accessed online on the IGSU website.

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