FIA-IFRC Sign Memorandum of Understanding for Closer Cooperation

Nagiso in Nagano Prefecture

Written by IFRC

The Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) and the IFRC have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for closer cooperation on World Red Cross Red Crescent Day (8 May 2014). The partnership will have an initial focus on strengthening cooperation on post-crash care – the fifth pillar of the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020.

Increased responsiveness to post-crash emergencies and the ability of health and other systems to provide appropriate emergency treatment and longer term rehabilitation for crash victims, is an essential part of the road safety strategy outlined for the decade.

To mark the occasion of World First Aid day, taking place on 13 September 2014, the FIA and the IFRC will promote joint initiatives during that month with their member clubs and national partners worldwide aimed at:

  1. raising awareness on the importance of first aid knowledge in order that victims of road accidents receive immediate care;
  2. organising first aid ‘snack’ training courses in public areas to increase the knowledge among all drivers;
  3. creating first aid materials and documentation to be used in FIA clubs’ driving schools.

In addition to First Aid oriented activities, the FIA and the IFRC will promote joint initiatives on child safety, in support of the Third UN Global Road Safety Week which will take place in May 2015.

“The Red Cross Red Crescent is the world’s largest humanitarian network, and has developed alliances in the promotion of road safety over the past two decades to save lives, by changing mindsets and behaviours for better road safety practices,” said Bekele Geleta, Secretary General of the IFRC. “Through our partnership with the FIA, we will be able to connect the FIA’s member motoring organizations with National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies worldwide so that together, we can increase awareness of the importance of safe road practices and learning life-saving skills such as first aid.”

FIA President Jean Todt said: “I am delighted we have reached this agreement with the IFRC, an organisation which shares our values and also our commitment to safer roads. Post-crash care is a key element of any effective road safety strategy. We can benefit greatly from the expertise and network of outstanding Red Cross and Red Crescent volunteers, while also helping to further increase public understanding of First Aid through our automobile clubs worldwide and the FIA Action for Road Safety Campaign.”

The Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) Founded in 1904, with headquarters in Paris, the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) is a non-profit making association, bringing together 236 national motoring and sporting organisations from 141 countries. Its member clubs represent millions of motorists and their families. The FIA is also the governing body for motor sport. It administers the rules and regulations (including safety regulations) for all international motor sport.

The FIA Action for Road Safety campaign was launched in 2011 to support the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011 – 2020 initiative to combat road deaths and fatalities around the world.