Evaluation concepts of SAR exercises. Case study: findings of SARC –project’s (ACGF) simulation exercise 5/3/18

Theme 4. Education
Session Name 4.9 Challenges in Arctic education
Presentation Type Oral
Author(s) Päivi Mattila (Laurea University of Applied Sciences, Finland), Pasi Hario (Laurea University of Applied Sciences, Finland)
Abstract text

Arctic Coast Guard Forum (ACGF) is constituted of Canada, the United States, Russia, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Norway and Iceland. These ACGF member states have identified a need for developing the practical cooperation connected to SAR (Search And Rescue) training and education between the countries. In this context the Finnish Border Guard have established SARC-project that is to foster the named development needs. As a part of the SARC-project, Laurea University of Applied Sciences conducted an evaluation 'How simulator exercises support development of joint SAR exercises‘ in ACGF’s simulation exercise in Aboa Mare 5/3. The purpose of the evaluation was two folded.


First, to study, if the scenarios were well planned for SAR simulator based exercises in Arctic conditions and in the vast Arctic area?  Second, to analyze successfulness of SAR activities within participants in order to tell, if the joint SAR simulator exercise provided all expectations it aimed at?


In this context the evaluation concept had key role to gaining requested information for deeper analysis.


This paper presents the evaluation concept used in simulator exercise. In addition relevant elements to evaluation concepts of SAR exercises will be highlighted

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