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Peace Patrol at the Most Beautiful Festival in the World!

2022-08-06 16:20:00

The Peace Patrol has been helping to organise the Festival since its first edition - the Woodstock Festival in 1995. It is a community of extraordinary, professionally trained volunteers who love to do good! 

 

Peace Patrol at 28th Pol’and’Rock Festival; photo: Paweł Krupek Krupka

 

Each of the participants of the Most Beautiful Festival in the World undoubtedly associates the volunteers in red T-shirts, always smiling and ready to help. They were the first to arrive at the Czaplinek-Broczyno airfield and wiil be the last to leave. During these intensive days, they work long hours; despite their fatigue, they are still eager to act and infect us with good energy. They are the Peace Patrol - volunteers who help organise Pol'and'Rock Festival and the Grand Finale of the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity Foundation.

 

A Peace Patrol volunteer; photo: Nikola Naus

 

Impossible things we do right away, miracles take a bit longer

 

During the Festival, the Peace Patrol is divided into groups: mobile and assigned to specific duties. The former operate throughout the festival field and perform a wide variety of tasks depending on the schedule set by the Command Centre. The latter, on the other hand, carry out one specific type of task for the entire duration of the Festival. 

 

What does the Peace Patrol actually do? Among other things... it patrols! The Mobile Groups keep festival-goers safe – they help, answer questions, give high-fives and have fun together with you! You can meet them on the field as well as at the gates or at the railway stations. Volunteers also sell gadgets in the SiemaShop, work at the Lost Property Office, teach first aid in the CPR for Schools tent, support artists in the dressing rooms area and on the backstage, keep order during concerts and help organise the activities of the Academy of the Finest of Arts.

 

What do the coloured shirts mean?

 

Reds, yellows, blacks... what's it all about? It's simple! In addition to the most numerous volunteers in their distinctive red shirts, you will also find Patrollers in yellow shirts on the festival field. These are the leaders of the various groups, with distinctive skills and experience in patrol structures. 

 

Volunteers of the GOCC Foundation Communication Centre during their work in the online editorial office of the 28th Pol'and'Rock Festival photo: Lucyna Lewandowska

 

The black shirts, on the other hand, are worn by the team of the GOCC Foundation Communication Centre – they are responsible for all forms of communication with Festival goers. They moderate online broadcasts, manage the festival's social media channels, respond to your messages, write content for the website (yes, including the article you are reading now!)…. But they also record TikToks, organise press conferences, and handle accredited journalists. This team also includes the Pol'and'Rock Radio team and reliable photographers, capturing you and the magical festival moments in photos, which you can also find in this article.

 

Volunteers at the Communication Centre, photo: Michał Kwaśniewski

 

In addition to the Peace Patrol volunteers during the Festival, your safety is also taken care of by professional security guards – the Blue Patrol (which respond in the event of breaches of event rules and in emergency situations), and the Medical Patrol (paramedics, nurses, midwives, doctors). The Medical Patrol operates at medical aid stations, field teams (whose members verify reports from the event site and are the first to provide assistance on the Festival site), away teams (responsible for transporting patients on the event site or in emergency situations to external hospitals). Medical security is also supported by the administrative group and the Technician Magicians, who provide technical support to the Medical Patrol. The day-to-day work and coordination of all teams is handled by members of the Command Centre.

 

Remember – the Peace and Medical Patrol keeps you safe. This year we are supported by more than 750 volunteers. They work for many days at all times of the day and night. Greet them with a smile when you pass each other in the field. Show them that you feel safe with them.

 

 And don't be afraid to ask for help – not just for yourself, but for others too! Let us take care of each other!

 

Members of the Medical Patrol during the 28th Pol'and'Rock Festival photo: Lucyna Lewandowska

 

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