Mr. Kassem Chaalan is the Disaster Risk Reduction Director at the Lebanese Red Cross (LRC). Mr. Chaalan has started his journey with the LRC as early as 1993 as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) in the Tyre branch of Southern Lebanon. From an EMT, he was assigned as a head of station, then became the Disaster Risk Reduction Director. The DRR was initiated in 2012 as a pilot in Tyre. Mr. Chaalan has been instrumental in the expansion and scaling up of the DRR systematically to achieve a national coverage. He has had a remarkable role in enhancing the DRR work not only at the level of LRC but also at the national level. In addition to his work as a Director, Mr. Chaalan is an instructor within the LRC on topics of General Training Course, Mass Casualty Incidence, Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support, Cadre Training, and Community Based Disaster Risk Reduction.
Prior to joining the Lebanese Red Cross, Mr. Chaalan has worked with BACTEC International as a Senior Medical Coordinator and Trainer for more than eight years. BACTECT International is a British Company concerned with Explosive Ordnance Survey, Clearance & Disposal (EOD) and Landmine Clearance. He has conducted several training missions outside Lebanon with the aim of establishing standard operating procedures.