Joost Bierens

Disaster and Emergency Medicine Researcher, Visiting Professor - Universitair Ziekenhuis, Department

Public Health | Assessing Risks & Trade-offs  |  Context & Community


The people who do the [water] rescues have this intrinsic knowledge about the risks of drowning. From the organisational side, there is very little attention to risk assessment in rescuing others [in the water], which means that they are aware of the risks, and they take measures around them, but there isn’t a framework where they can address the problems systematically. It’s more of an experience than an understanding. They very much learn from previous experience, from previous accidents happening. 


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