The Logistics Response Team (LRT) Training is a key feature of the Logistics Cluster’s capacity building and training strategy. Designed to enhance the response capacities of humanitarian organisations, it is an intensive simulation held over the course of a week, which forces participants from across the humanitarian community to learn different roles and functions in a sudden-onset emergency response.

In November 2016, LRT 17 was held in Brindisi. At the time, Dan Canale from The UPS Foundation was on secondment with WFP, the lead-agency of the Logistics Cluster. Dan was part of the facilitator team for the training and was able to further expand the work of the Logistics Emergency Teams (LET) in collaboration with the humanitarian community.

Dan has over 26 years of experience with UPS, spending the majority of his career focusing on providing Logistics, Engineering, Technology and Warehousing Solutions. His secondment with WFP began in October 2016, and the LRT was one of the highlights of his time working with both organisations.

“All participants of the class are told to keep the simulation top secret, being that there will be future trainings that will have the same scenarios used for the simulation. I won’t share anything in regards to the actual simulation, but I will tell you that the talent and enthusiasm I felt from this group was amazing. For a total of seven day, everyone worked long hours and contributed 100% just like if this simulation was a true emergency,” Dan said.

“UPS is a part of the simulation. We are one of four Logistics companies that are part of the Logistics Emergency Teams (LET), as part of UPS’s constant efforts to support humanitarian work for those less fortunate than ourselves. In recent years, UPS has provided assistance to many organizations”.

“I would like to thank everyone from the Logistic Cluster in organizing this intense simulation, and I hope that these simulations will continue well into the future in order to help humanitarian staff increase their own responding abilities”.

The next LRT training will be held in Finland from 14-22 June – watch this space for more news!