In Khanty-Mansiysk 45 life-savers have attended a short course of sign language and communicating with deaf people, they have learnt some sign language words and phrases that could be useful during their work on the Deaflympics.
The officers have got to know how to attract attention of a deaf person and to transfer some information to him. They were taught how to say in sign language such words and phrases like “danger”, “leave the building”, “I am a life-saver”, “keep calm”.
«The Federal Rescue Service officers will keep the twenty-four-hour watch on sport venues and hotels of the participants of the Games. That is why it is very important for them to learn how to communicate with deaf and hard-of-hearing people in order to be able to help them in emergency situations. We have contacted the Centre of adaptive sport of Ugra for assistance and the sign language course for our personnel and volunteers that will be working on the Deaflympics was organized. The classes were very interesting, we learnt a lot of new useful things», – says the head of the department of fire-fighting and emergency rescue of the Main Headquarters of the Federal Rescue Service of Russia in Khanty-Mansiysk autonomous region – Ugra Nikolay Zaytsev.
The lesson was captured on video to reinforce the material before the start of the Deaflympics.
To continue studying sign language life-saver can also use an internet page http://www.spreadthesign.com that contains dictionaries of many international sign languages. The mobile application of this internet page is available for all devices with Android OC.