The FIRE-IN newsletter 1 Winter 2017

FIRE-IN (Fire and Rescue Innovation Network) has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme and consists of 16 partners from 8 European countries, representing research, standardisation bodies, practitioners, governmental agencies and the business sector. Within the next 5 years, the project will identify fire and rescue practitioners’ requirements and needs to connect them with relevant innovative solutions and research. The results will be evaluated and shared among hundreds of experts and professional networks from the whole Europe through the innovative e-FIRE-IN platform. The expectations for the project are high: a sound project methodolgy and the joint expertise of the partners will help save costs and optimize R&D investments, reduce implementation time of the new Fire and Rescue solutions, simplify international collaboration between the practitioners, and ultimately make Europe a safer place for the inhabitants.


This is the first of the 10 newsletters which will be sent out during the project period. Here you will find the news on the latest developments in the project, calls for action, important events, and announcements. In this edition, we would like to introduce the FIRE-IN concept to you and invite professionals who work within the field of Fire & Rescue to join our Associated Expert Community!

With best wishes for the Holidays!

The FIRE-IN project partners

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Call for action 

The FIRE-IN Associated Experts community is a dynamic and constantly growing network, which includes professionals from the whole Europe and beyond, representing practitioners, research and innovation, the private sector, NGOs, and standardisation bodies. 

The benefits of being an Associated Expert  

  • You get the possibility to contribute to the European strategic research agenda, and to promote your expectations in the research roadmap    
  • You get to know the state-of-the-art and new technologies in your area of interest    
  • You get the chance take part in evaluating research projects and technology developments   
  • You will have the privilege of interacting directly and exchange information with practitioners' networks, research, and industry representatives
  • You get access to networking opportunities with European experts involved in the same discipline    
  • You will receive first-hand information on the FIRE-IN project
The FIRE-IN project will cover the travels and accommodation for the Associated Experts invited to participate in workshops and events.    
Become an Associated Expert

Save the dates for FIRE-IN Workshops

Thematic working group A – Search and Rescue and Emergency Medical Response
Barcelona, organized by Departament d'Interior - Generalitat de Catalunya  (CFS)
Beginning    21-23.03.2018         

Thematic working group B – Structure Fires
Beginning    12-14.02.2018         

Thematic working group C – Vegetation fires
Berlin, organized by The Global Fire Monitoring Centre (GFMC)

Thematic working group D – Natural Disasters
Berlin, organized by Bundesanstalt Technisches Hilfswerk (THW)

Thematic working group E – CBRNE
Roma, organized by The Chief Association of Fire Officers (CAFO) 
14.02.2018 - 16.02.2018       

News from Thematic Working Groups  

Flash floods require specific training and innovative devices

The risk of extreme weather events is increasing in Europe, due to the changing climate. Flash floods as results of heavy thunderstorms, or heavy rains, after heat waves, can cause casualties, heavy damages on buildings and infrastructure, due to the strong currents and the short pre-warning period. The thematic working group on natural disaster mitigation focuses on this topic in the first cycle of its work, since extreme weather events is a challenge already today, and will most likely be an even bigger challenge in the future.

When areas not prone to flashfloods are hit by them, there are usually no warning systems in place to prepare the responses. There is a need for easy and quick solutions to support decision makers in dealing with these situations. A training for special advisors on natural disasters, already available in some EU countries, might be an important contribution to solving this challenge. Additionally, flash floods require special technical equipment, for example to excavate blockages of bridges, under which important electricity lines run.

During an exercise by the Bundesanstalt Technisches Hilfswerk (THW), on 14 October 2017, new tools to destroy blockages of rivers and systems to channel the flood stream in case of a flash flood, were successfully tested. Additionally, the special advisor for natural disasters to the local community proved to be very useful.

The working group is engaged in the exchange of best practices and information on innovative tools to prepare the ground for an upcoming workshop in the spring 2018. The focus of the workshop will be on future challenges and requirements for research in the field.

FIRE-IN refines methodology for stakeholder engagement

On 18-19 September 2017 civil protection agencies, firefighters and researchers from the Horizon 2020 FIRE-IN project met in Rome at the National Fire Academy to refine a methodology for finding gaps and suggesting improvements in the existing Fire & Rescue procedures by engaging the relevant practitioners. Read more 


FIRE-IN partners event participation

11 May 2017, Presentation at the 15th Meeting of Directors General in Civil Protection in the Baltic Sea Region, Keflavik, Iceland

On 11 May 2017, the FIRE-IN project was presented at the 15th meeting of Directors General in Civil Protection in the Baltic Sea Region (BSR), where all eleven Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS) member states were represented. In the FIRE-IN consortium, the BSR is represented by civil protection organizations from Germany, Poland, Sweden, and the CBSS Secretariat. During the meeting the ‘Joint Position on Enhancing Cooperation in Civil Protection Area’ was adopted, where one of the prioritised areas for cooperation in the upcoming years will be to better utilize research results, and connect practitioners closer to research.

17 May 2017, Brussels. Community of Users on Secure, Safe and Resilient High Level Security Practitioners Event and Workshops

During the Community of Users in Brussels, a general presentation of the FIRE-IN project and a presentation on the topic "Security of Seveso sites: vision and experience from the civil protection“ have been presented.
"Community of Users on Secure, Safe and Resilient Societies" (CoU) has been launched in January 2014 and has since developed to become an effective platform of exchanges among different actors of different branches of security and crisis management.

11 September 2017, Introducing FIRE-IN project at General Assembly of EU-VRi

During the General Assembly of EU-VRi, one overview of the project was provided based on a set of slides prepared by the coordinator of the project. The audience acknowledged the importance of the project, the diversity of the consortium and welcomed the initiative to define research and development needs based on the view of practitioners and end-users.

12 September 2017, 8th Meeting of the community of users on secure, safe and resilient societies - plenary meeting.
The FIRE-IN project was represented by the partners CNVVF (Giovanni Fresu / practitioner) and Fraunhofer INT (Isabelle Linde-Frech / researcher) in the Round Table discussion on "Linking research and practitioners for a better forest fire risk management". FIRE-IN’s objectives on harmonising and improving national and European capability development processes and on knowledge-sharing of available solutions and best practices in the field of Fire&Rescue to match current and future practitioner needs have been outlined.

FIRE-IN is a Flagship in the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region!
The decision to grant FIRE-IN with the Flagship status in Policy Area Secure in the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR) was made during the first National Coordinators’ meeting under the Estonian Chairmanship, on 26 September 2017, in Tallinn, Estonia. Projects, processes, or networks granted with Flagship status are chosen due to their potential to exert an important positive impact on the whole region. Read more

3-4 October 2017, Creating preparedness and interoperability for wildfire crises, Chilie
After the evaluation of the wildfire crisis in April 2017 the GFMC, acting as FIRE-IN partner and Euromediterranean Specialized Center of the Major Hazards Agreement (EUR-OPA) of the Council of Europe, supported by Germany, facilitated a regional consultation with 9 South American countries, which paved the way for the Viña del Mar Declaration on Cross-boundary Cooperation in Fire Management and a regional cooperation agreement

4 October 2017, Meeting with ILEAnet project coordinator at ENSOSP - finding synergies

ENSOSP welcomed the ILEAnet project coordinator for an exchange on the possible synergies between the two projects, the methodologies used, the digital tools and the management of the interactions with the networks. ILEAnet aims to build a sustainable organisational Law Enforcement Agency (LEA) practitioners network focused on research & innovation addressing LEA challenges. For more information about ILEAnet : .

4 October 2017, Presentation of FIRE-IN project at the NETrisk project workshop, Solsona - Spain
The coordinator of FIRE-IN project attended the workshop on « Natural Hazard Risk Management, Managing forest risks towards disaster reduction: the case of wildfires, storms, floods and avalanches and their interactions”. SAFE Cluster presented the FIRE-IN project, perspectives and potential cross collaboration with NETrisk during the panel "Towards integrative risk planning and management”. SAFE also participated to the working group on the following issues: "How being effective mitigating risks? Achievements towards risk planning, governance and communication to build up a resilient society. More information about the NETrisk project:

10-12 October 2017, SAT4Alps project workshop, Bressanone, Italy 
The FIRE-IN project was represented by the partners CNVVF at the workshop “Satellite Applications for the Alps – Search & Rescue Edition”
In the section “Going forward” the FIRE-IN project was presented, to inform participants about how it can help enable cross-border collaboration and best practices exchange and how can attending organizations can get involved. At the end of the presentation, the scenario proposal about TWG-A (S&R sector)was showed: “A season of search and rescue operation in a large mountain area”. More information about the SAT4Alps project


16 October 2017, Aerial Firefighting Conference,  Nîmes – France
SAFE cluster presented the FIRE-IN project and its potential for RDI and standardization of aerial firefighting.The event aimed at connecting the world of aerial firefighters; helping shape the tactics and technologies of the AFF community and understanding the capability gaps and stakeholder priorities.TWG-C co-hosted the Interoperability Workshop, organized by the International Fire Aviation Working Group (IFAWG) and the Global Fire Monitoring Center (GFMC). The event aimed at connecting the world of aerial firefighters; helping shape the tactics and technologies of the AFF community, understanding the capability gaps and stakeholder priorities as well as creating interoperability. An international aerial firefighting simulation and live exercise involved aerial firefighting crews of four countries. For more information about the event:


6-7 November 2017, Briefing of the European Major Hazard Agreement, Paris, France  
The Global Fire Monitoring Center (GFMC), coordinator of the FIRE-IN Thematic Working Group Landscape Fires, is serving as Euro-Mediterranean Specialized Center of the European Major Hazards Agreement, in collaboration with the European Centre for Forest Fire Center (ECFF) (General Secretariat for Civil Protection and National Technical University of Athens, Greece). Both Specialized Centers provide Networking expertise and exchange with FIRE-IN. The decision was made to establish the European Team of Specialists on Landscape Fire Management under the auspices of the Council of Europe’s Open Partial Agreement EUR-OPA, in cooperation with the UNISDR and the OSCE. For more information follow the events on

10 November 2017, Briefing of the Prime Minister and the Cabinet of Ministers – Portugal
Presentation of FIRE-IN at the consultative meeting convened by Prime Minister António Costa. 

 After the devastating fires season in Portugal in 2017, the government has set up the Task Force Estrutura de Missao para a instalacao do Sistema de Gestao Integrada de Fogos Rurais and is seeking expert advice for the definition of holistic approaches in fire management. A group of national and international experts provided analysis, strategic visions and recommendations for action. The GFMC, also in its function of coordinator of TWG-C “Landscape Fire Crisis Mitigation”, presented the expertise in addressing the complexity of cross-sectoral responsibilities and challenges for the management of fires in the intermix of natural, cultural and urban-industrial landscapes.      


Project coordinator
Safe Cluster
Jean-Michel Dumaz

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