The FIRE-IN newsletter 3 Winter 2018
First results


Dear FIRE-IN Friend,

We would like to inform you about the latest developments in the FIRE-IN project. This issue is mainly focused on the first results from workshops, during which more than 80 emergency management experts from different European countries identified Common Capability Challenges in Fire & Rescue. Each of the five Thematic Working Groups explored two real-life scenarios (such as a plane crash in the mountains or a road tunnel fire) challenging the responders capacity to the fullest. The results of the workshops were thoroughly analysed and presented in a matrix form, which we would like to share with you! 

However, identifying capability gaps and challenges is just the beginning of our work. The project partners already compiled the first list of possible solutions for the gaps and challenges. These solutions will be evaluated by experts, the list will grow and will be available on our e-FIRE-IN platform. But while we are building the platform, we would like you to take a first look at the preliminary results of the solution screening, so you can find something useful for your daily work -  technology and methodology, research and projects results.     
 Thank you again for your interest and participation in the project. Together we are all working for faster and cheaper access to the state-of-the-art Fire & Rescue technology for the whole Europe.

Happy holidays!




  1. Our leaflet 
  2. FIRE-IN online - website and social media
  3. Become an Associated Expert
  4. First Results: Common Capability Challenges Matrix and solutions
  5. Annual Forum (with all presentations)
  6. 10 scenarios from the workshops 


If you are new to FIRE-IN - get to know the project by downloading our leaflet below! 

FIRE-IN online - visit our website and social networks!

Visit FIRE-IN website - get familiar with the partners, and sign up to become an Associated Expert in one of the Thematic Working Groups!   
e-FIRE-IN Platform is coming later in 2019! Stay tuned.
You can also join us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn! Follow and like!
Check our Flickr  and Youtube  channels - for new photos and videos from the workshops and other events! 

Call for action - become an Associated Expert 

The FIRE-IN Associated Experts community is a dynamic and constantly growing network (currently 220 Experts from 23 countries), representing practi-tioners, 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

FIRE-IN's Sebastien Lahaye about being an Associated Expert

Common Capability Challenges Matrix - click to explore and find solutions

The FIRE-IN Common Capability Challenges (CCCs) are based on the knowledge and experiences of more than 80 experts on emergency management. Some of the CCCs are not explored yet. Stay tuned for the next cycle of the workshops. The matrix is also available on the FIRE-IN website

Challenges identified (click here for more details)
High flow of effort in hostile environment Low frequency, high impact Multiagency / multileadership environment High level of uncertainty
Capabilities identified Incident Command Organization Focus on sustainability of safe operations Anticipate vulnerability, and communicate to the public Distribute decision-making Strategies choosing safe, resilient scenarios, and maintaining credibility
Pre-planning Pre-plan a time-efficient, safe response, minimizing responder’s engagement Negotiate solutions with stakeholders for anticipated scenarios Pre-plan interoperability and enhance synergies Focus on governance and capacity building towards more resilient societies
Standardization Establish specific procedures and guides facilitating operativity Standardize capabilities in front of pre-established scenarios Establish an interagency framework Build doctrine for resilience in emergency services and societies
Knowledge cycle Train specific roles and risks Organizational learning focusing efforts in key risks and opportunities Build a shared understanding of emergency and train interagency scenarios Focus on capacity building towards more resilient societies
Information management Information cycle Manage key information focused on decision-making Define common information management processes between agencies Provide an efficient, flexible flow of information for a shared understanding
Community involvement Develop public self-protection to minimize responders exposures Involve communities in preparing population for the worst scenario before it happens Not identified at this stage Cultural changes in risk tolerance and resilience
Technology Use technology to assess risks and minimize responder’s engagement Forecast and simulate complex scenarios Technological tools to support data sharing Get a clear picture of the risk evolution

Annual dissemination workshop 

80 participants from all fields related to Fire & Rescue in Europe: researchers, experts, national rescue services, civil protection agencies, NGOs, innovation and industry from 15 countries gathered for the first Annual Dissemination Workshop of the FIRE-IN project on 26 June 2018. The workshop was hosted by the National Fire Corps (Corpo Nazionale dei Vigili del Fuoco – CNVVF) in Rome, Italy, at Instituto Superiore Antincendi (I.S.A.).

What happens if a truck transporting dangerous chemicals collides with a train? A fire starts in a tall building or in a mountainous area? What are the rescue procedures in different countries? What resources are available? How ready are the rescue services? What can we learn from the experiences abroad? Are there any existing or emerging technologies which could help?

Answers to these and similar questions were in the focus of the workshops for civil protection agencies, firefighters and researchers from 8 EU countries within the FIRE-IN project. The workshops took place at the beginning of 2018 to gather up-to-date information on the existing challenges and best practices in Fire & Rescue across Europe. 90 experts shared their views on capability gaps in five thematic workshops in Rome, Berlin and Barcelona.

During the Annual Dissemination Workshop on 26 June, the participants were briefed about the preliminary results, which will be summarised and shared among the practitioners, research and industry later this year.

The participants in the Annual Dissemination Workshop also got an opportunity to express their views on research, innovation and standardization in a series of brainstorming sessions and exchange knowledge and experiences with other EU-funded projects from the same field, such as STORM (Safeguarding Cultural Heritage through Technical and Organisational Resources Management), e-Notice (European Network of CBRNE Training Centers) and ENCIRCLE (European CBRN Innovation for the Market Cluster). This was a unique opportunity to find synergies between the projects and create personal connections between the experts involved.

Back-to-back with the Annual Dissemination Forum, the partners in the FIRE-IN project held their Annual meeting and the General Assembly, during which the progress of the first year was discussed, together with representatives from the European Commission.

All the presentations from the Forum are available online 

Thematic working groups scenarios

Click on a scenario to see how the experts from different countries identified common capability challenges and what recommendation they provided to handle the crisis in the a most effective manner 

TWG A Search and Rescue & Emergency Medical Response “CAVE” Scenario and “S.A.R” Scenario
TWG A Search and Rescue & Emergency Medical Response “AIR CRASH” Scenario
TWG B Structure fires crisis mitigation, prevention and protection “High rise buildings fires” Scenario
TWG B Structure fires crisis mitigation, prevention and protection “TUNNEL FIRES” Scenario
TWG C Landscape fires crisis mitigation “Landscape fire crisis mitigation” Scenario
TWG C Landscape fires crisis mitigation “Landscape fire vulnerability mitigation” Scenario
TWG D Natural disaster crisis mitigation “flash floods” Scenario
TWG D Natural disaster crisis mitigation “floods” Scenario

Project coordinator
Safe Cluster
Jean-Michel Dumaz

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