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Austria hosted 12 decision-makers and high-level personnel involved in forest fire management. A consortium composed of research organisations, Ministries and fire services demonstrated ARGUS - an airborne multi-functional management support system. ARGUS follows the demand of emergency teams to react quickly when natural disasters such as forest fires occur and can provide flexible and significant assistance for in-situ analysis as well as management activities which can be deployed in forest fire management.

Field Report - Exchange 500 (Expert from Ireland)
Field Report - Exchange 500 (Experts from Spain)
Field Report - Exchange 500 (Expert from Latvia)
Field Report - Exchange 500 (Experts from Norway and Sweden)

The Institute of Physical Safety, IFV (Instituut Fysieke Veiligheid) in the Netherlands hosting an exchange of 8 EU experts from fire services to exchange expertise regarding field (real scale) fire experiments. The exchange focused on sharing practical experiences in the field of fire prevention and the use of fire safety engineering simulation models.
Field Report - Exchange 502

The Institute of Physical Safety, IFV (Instituut Fysieke Veiligheid - NL) invited 9 experts from the Netherlands, Poland, the UK, Sweden, Spain, Finland and Belgium to exchange expertise concerning fire prevention and test methods for flammability. The main focus of the exchange was to exchange practical experiences in the field of fire investigation and fire development. This second of a two-part exchange. The Bizkaia Fire Department (SEIS Diputación Foral de Bizkaia) in Bilbao, Spain, hosted the exchange.
Field Report - Exchange 505

A group of five experts from Latvia participated in an exchange hosted by the Fire Service Academy of Hamburg (HFSA) and the Hamburg Fire and Rescue Services (HFRS). The aim of the exchange was for the Latvian expert group to familiarise themselves with the organisational model and procedures relating to inter alia, procurement procedures of protective equipment, material and equipment as well as system and facilities for technical maintenance and repair. Important issues pertaining to the proper functioning of a large cities fire and rescue service were discussed, such as personnel development and long-term personnel requirements and planning.
Field Report - Exchange 506

A group of fire fighters from Poland underwent a comprehensive one-week training in the shoring of buildings by THW at the training school in Hoya, Germany. Theoretical and practical exercises imparted THWs' expertise using different shoring options including the fabrication of wood constructions and the use of other stabilisation techniques.
Field Report - Exchange 510 - available in German only

3 French dog handlers and 2 rescue dogs were hosted by the Cypriot Civil Defence (CCD). A comprehensive training exercise was conducted with K9 units from Cyprus with the long-term goal of integrating rescue dog units into the INSARAG classification process of a USAR team. This included the exchange of knowledge and expertise in implementing a SOP for the selection process for new dogs and dog handlers.
Field Report - Exchange 514 - Host report
Field Report - Exchange 514 - Experts' report

Rescue dog handlers from the K9 USAR unit from CMC Finland observed a classification exercise of the International Rescue Dog Organisation (IRO) Mission Readiness Test (MRT) in Austria. The exchange aimed to assist the team members in preparing for their own international classification test. The certification will substantially increase the Finnish K9 USAR capacity to participate in international deployments.
Field Report - Exchange 520

Officer candidates from the Hamburg Fire Service, Germany participated in an exchange to the Navy Firefighters Battalion in Marseille, France. The group was familiarised with fire service provision in Marseille including fires onboard ships, forest firefighting equipment including water bomber aircraft and the changed SOPs in the case of terrorist incidents.
Field Report - Exchange 522- available in German

3 experts from Israel were hosted by the Romanian General Inspectorate for Emergancy Situations. The experts observed the ROMODEX exercise in Timisoara which included elements of CBRN and water-related module operations of interest to the experts. In addition, the experts sought to gain a better understanding of UCPM procedures (HNS, RDC, BoO, LEMA LO) which are of relevance to Israel and their civil protection community.
Field Report - Exchange 530

A K9 training and exercise was organised by the German THW USAR unit "SEEBA" in preparation for the upcoming INSARAG re-classification. The organisers from THW State Association Hessen, Rheinland-Pfalz, Saarland invited experts from Estonia (4 persons + 2dogs) and Malta (3 persons) to participate in the exercise. The experts were actively involved in the exercise with the aim of improving their own skills and observing a MRT of an INSARAG-classified unit.
Field Report - Exchange 534 (Experts from Malta)
Field Report - Exchange 534 (Experts from Estonia)

A group of civil protection experts from Malta were hosted by the Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service Academy, UK. The experts used the exchange to gain new knowledge and information to develop incident commanders in operational scenarios. Their interest was also in emerging technologies for effective fire and rescue service operations.
Field Report - Exchange 538


Two experts from the Finnish USAR unit FinnRescue (FRF) observed the INSARAG External Re-classification of AFAD - 1 Istanbul. FRF has their own IER scheduled for January 2018 and the experts wanted to see the implementation of the new INSARAG guidelines, in particular the implementation of the USAR Cooordination Cell (UCC) to feed-back into their own preparations and training for the re-classification.
Field Report - Exchange 539

The Emergency Services College Kuopio, Finland, invited 8 experts from European fire services to exchange experience in the field of fire prevention, exposure and contamination. In addition to the discussions and working groups on these topics, the experts participated in a training exercise. A list of recommendations were formed for further work.
Field Report - Exchange 554

Two experts from the Estonian Rescue Board visited the Amsterdam-Amstelland Fire Service to exchange information, experience and expertise on data warehouse development and the use of business intelligence tools. The Amsterdam-Amstelland Fire Service has profound knowledge of big data usage. They recently won the Dutch Business Intelligence Award and were commended for the creative use of big data in support of their primary processes. The Estonian experts main aim was to gain new ideas in business intelligence application development to avoid potentially costly mistakes, and also to share their experience in using data for risk profiles and strategic planning.
Field Report - Exchange 556

A Georgian delegation was exchanged to Slovenia to gain information about the Slovenian approach adopted to collect and analyze Disaster Loss Data. The exchange aimed to contribute toward the implemntation of the Georgian Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Strategy and Action Plan. An important part of DRR is the development of a unified disaster loss and damage assessment system, of which Slovenia is one of the leading actors.
Field Report - Exchange 558

In preparation for the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU, an exchange involving Romanian civil protection experts to the Cyprus Civil Defence (CC) was arranged. The experts met with their CCD counterparts currently involved in preparing PROCIV and UCPM topics with the aim of feeding into the civil protection priorities to be addressed under the Romanian presidency.
Field Report - Exchange 564

Estonian Rescue Board experts were hosted in an exchange by the Icelandic Association for Search and Rescue (ICE-SAR). To assist in the development of the EST-USAR Unit, the Estonians were interested in learning about the involvement of voluntary rescuers and how best to systematically develop EST-USAR.
Field Report - Exchange 568

The Netherlands Fire Service hosted an exchange focused on risk assessment and response to flooding of the Rhine river. Austrian and German experts will be familiarised with the responses and cooperation between responders from the fire services, disaster management experts and public authorities in the Netherlands.
Field Report - Exchange 569

Four members of the INSARAG-certified Ukrainian HUSAR team participated as observers in the reclassification exercise of the Austrian AFRDU USAR unit. Their own re-classification is scheduled for 2019 and in preparation they were interested to re-familiarise themselves with the classification exercise and novelties introduced since their last classification.
Field Report - Exchange 570

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