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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)

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

A delegation from Bulgaria composed of experts from inter alia, the Ministry of Interior, National Association of Voluntary Units, Fire Service and municipal administrations were hosted by the State Fire Brigade Association Rhineland-Pfalz (Landesfeuerwehrverband), Koblenz, Germany. The aim of the exchange was for the Bulgarian experts to acquaint themselves with the German volunteer firefighting system, structures and organisational models, and learn about the recruitment of volunteers.
Field Report - Exchange 526

European fire prevention experts convened to discuss test methods to reduce fire deaths in urban environments through the use of non-flamable materials in household items such as mattresses and furniture. The exchange resulted in a fire prevention white paper with guidance on furniture standards and further areas of investigation.
Field Report - Exchange 528

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

The Instituto Geografico Nacional in Madrid and the Centro Geofísico de Canarias Tenerife have invited 4 experts from Greece and 3 experts from Italy. The Exchange of Experts mission was focused on sharing experiences on seismic and volcanic risk management and assessment, prevention and preparedness policies, emergency response and mitigation actions and also comparing methologies and best practices. Moreover, the coastlines of Spain, Greece and Italy are potentially prone in tsunamis and the present programme gave also the opportunity to discuss on this issue.
Field Report - Exchange 531

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)

Experts from the Czech Republic shared their experience and knowledge concerning fire investigation in an exchange to the Netherlands. The Fire Service Twente profited from the expertise in investigation techniques, research programmes and knowledge management and dissemination practices.
Field Report - Exchange 537

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

European experts gather to exchange expertise concerning the status of interoperability of first responders in catastrophic situations. The main focus of the exchange was on situational awareness, common operational pictures, next generation 911, use of satellites, response to terrorist attacks and improved pan-European communications.
Field Report - Exchange 541

The Marine Pollution Response Directorate of Portugal hosting an exchange of civil protection and maritime experts from across Europe. The exchange explored issues pertaining to international cooperation during major maritime pollution incidents. Representatives of the Lisbon-based European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) will also contribute with information about EMSAs role in relation to vessel reporting, earth observation, integrated maritime services and pollution response. The exchange aims to assist in the improvement of the UCPMs TEC MI training course, and improve understanding of the with the EMSA/ERCC linkage.
Field Report - Exchange 548

The Netherlands Institute for Safety invited European fire research experts to Arnhem in an exchange. The experts exchanged information regarding fire research being conducted in their respective countries with a view to enhance collabaration in conducting future research. In addition, the experts also attended an international fire research conference where state-of-the-art fire research was discussed.
Field Report - Exchange 551

Experts from the State Fire and Rescue Service of Latvia were hosted in an exchange to Denmark by the Frederiksborg Fire and Rescue Service. The objective of the exchange was for the Latvian delegation to learn about the use of drones in fire and rescue operations. As early adopters' of this technology, Denmark has integrated the use of drones in operations and have developed a training programme for this purpose.
Field Report - Exchange 553

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

The National Directorate General for Disaster Management (NDGDM), Ministry of Interior in Hungary hosted a group of experts from Estonia in an exchange focused on Hungary's implementation of the Seveso III directive. The exchange included presentations on Hungary's hazardous plants and the preparedness efforts and accident mitigation approaches, procedures and response planning capacities.
Field Report - Exchange 562

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

The Luxembourg Rescue Services Agency hosted an Estonian delegation composed of crisis communications experts. In order to assist in the development of a civil protection / crisis communications strategy in Estonia the group sought to learn how Luxembourg deals with crisis communications and public information in emergencies. During the exchange the group was introduced to the strategies and practices of several governmental organisations including the rescue service, police and central government.
Field Report - Exchange 566

The Israel Defense Forces Medical Corps invited a group of 12 experts from different UCPM states to observe their annual exercise with the WHO classified Emergency Medical Team (EMT) type 3.
The experts exchanged expertise with the colleagues of the – at present – only type 3 Emergency Medical Team in the world that has passed the classification process with the World Health Organisation. The experts sought to gain a deeper insight into the process of selection and training of staff for a large medical team with extensive experience. Furthermore, they familiarised themselves with the hosts' logistical framework, management system and technical and clinical aspects of the Israeli EMT. The exchange was a unique opportunity for the experts to learn and thereby contribute to the development of the European Medical Corps' own EMTs.
Field Report - Exchange 567

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

The Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service, UK, invited 4 USAR experts from the Hungarian MAGOR NGO - Association for Disaster Response to participate in a full-scale module exercise. The team consisted of UAV/drone experts that will contribute toward the exercise site mapping and damage assessment with their drones. Other drone teams (Manchester Air Unit / French RPAS) are also participating, so an exchange of knowledge and experience in cooperation with these other teams is also planned.
Field Report -Exchange 577

The Austrian Red Cross invited 3 experts from the Lebanese Red Cross to Vienna. The exchange focused on emergency preparedness and response systems, procedures and best practices in the case of mass casualty incidents. The exchange of experience aims to improve the respective SOPs in such events.
Field Report - E579

Observers from UCPM PS and eligible third countries have been participating as observers in the EUROCARE Flight & Shelter and ModeEX in Tinglev, Denmark. One of the novelties of this module exercise is the consular support operations element. The exercise was organised by a consortium which included the Johanniter and DEMA.
Field Report - Exchange 580

14 high ranked fire officers from North Rhine-Westphalia as well as 4 colleagues from THW (German Technical Agency for Technical Relief), international division, Germany, visited the ERCC (Emergency Response Coordination Centre) and ibz (Service public fédéral Intérieur) to learn about the capabilities and procedures of the ERCC. Furthermore, the group aimed to broaden the international experience concerning civil protection and crisis management by discussions with members of the Belgian civil protection authorities.
Field Report - Exchange 582

5 Estonian communication and prevention specialists from the Estonian Rescue Board were invited to Portugal to learn about the Portuguese crisis communication. The similar country locations by the sea and long coastline create same risks so the Estonian experts learned from the Portuguese National Civil Protection Authority about crisis communication, situational awareness, self-protection measures in public safety related to floods and forest fires.
Field Report - Exchange 584

The Fire Service Department of Dortmund, Germany hosted an exchange of 4 experts from Austria. The exchange focused on fire fighting service cooperation and interoperability among emergency responder organisations. In addition to the operational procedures governing such interactions, the experts also visited other civil protection organisations in the region.
Field Report - Exchange 585

The Vaucluse Fire and Rescue Department (Service Départemental d'Incendie et de Secours de Vaucluse) in France hosted a delegation of Estonian civlil protection experts to share their knowledge and experience in the field of High Capacity Pumping, flood rescue using boats and flood containment. The exchange also focused on the management of the different modules and alert, mobilization and deployment procedures.
Field Report - Exchange 586

Finn Rescue team´s INSARAG re-classification is taking place in January 2018 during an exercise in Tinglev, Denmark. In preparation for their IER, Finn Rescue requested 2 experts from the UK to undertake training in logistic management.
Field Report - Exchange 587

The Instituut Fysieke Veiligheid (IFV) and Brandweer (Fire Service Tilburg) hosted 6 experts from various countries. The scope of the exchange was on health monitoring of first responders. Following topics were under discussion: exposure to hazards resulting in risks for the first responders, monitoring of the health status of first responders and actual measuring of important physiological parameters. This exchange will have a good impact on the research about health and wellbeing of European emergency responders.
Field Report - Exchange 588

The KIOS Research and Innovation Center of Excellence, University of Cyprus, invited civil protection professionals with expertise the area of Drones/Unmanned Aerial Vehicles to participate in an exchange to Cyprus. The focus of the exchange was sharing knowledge, tools, and skills in the use of drones /UAVs in emergency situations. The expertise was based on completed research and development projects on the subject, including the DG ECHO- funded project PREDICATE ( from 11 UCPM Participating States participated in the exchange. exchange.
Field Report - Exchange 589

The Hungarian civil protection NGO Magor hosted 12 experts from various countries whose profile is drone operators or medical experts. The first part of the exchange concentrated on drone usage in international disaster response and the second part of the exchange was about safety and security in medical response, including a training part concerning the surgical interventions in the field.
Field Report - Exchange 593

The Norwegian Directorate for Civil Protection (DSB) hosted 11 experts from Portugal, Greece and Germany. The aim of this exchange was to better understand the Norwegian analytical approach related to national disaster risk assessment and managing the risks of natural hazards. The experts observed the Norwegian practices, operational and organisational models and methods in order to improve their national civil protection capacity in natural hazards like flash floods, landslides and debris flow. 3 participants in this exchange are members of the EU TaFF project (Tackling Consequences of Extreme Rainfalls and Flash Floods). Therefore the joint exchange had broader European relevance and significance and offered a great possibility to create operational synergies between the counterparts of this exchange.
Field Report - Exchange 596 (available in German)

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