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Who can plan and implement cultural heritage first aid? A cultural first aider can plan and implement first aid operations in coordination with emergency responders, humanitarian professionals, heritage owners and volunteers. A cultural first aider is someone who has received prior training in safeguarding endangered cultural heritage during, or immediately after an emergency. Providing cultural heritage first aid during major or complex emergencies involves balancing the competing needs of food, water, shelter, security and identity. A cultural first aider must therefore be able to cope with physical, mental, environmental, and task-specific work demands. S/he should have the knowledge and skills to assess, document, secure and stabilise different types of cultural heritage in diverse emergency contexts. S/he should be able to work in multidisciplinary teams. Cultural first aiders might be drawn from local communities, emergency response agencies and cultural heritage institutions. Read the qualities listed on the next page and identify someone from your institution or local community who would best fit the role of a cultural first aider. Cultural first aiders in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, 2010. Photo: Aparna Tandon, ICCROM. Introducing cultural heritage first aid 17 The three main qualities of a cultural first aider Resourceful • understands the diverse forms of cultural heritage • knowledgeable of the emergency context • strong analytical and critical skills People-focused • an active listener • understands and respects existing social structures beliefs and values • team player • sensitive to human needs • capable of building trust Action-oriented • positive ‘can do’ attitude • creative problem solver • quick thinker with physical stamina