Trial to Simulate Emergency Response Information Exchange During Wildfire
Tuesday, October 16, 2018 | Comments

The second DRIVER+ Trial will be held 22 – 26 October in France at Entente Valabre, a public civil protection support organization. The project will focus on improving interagency cooperation and coordination during a wildfire.

Every summer a wave of wildfires strikes Europe, destroying hundreds of thousands of hectares of forest, causing tragic losses of life as the fires spread into populated areas and significant economic setbacks for the most affected regions. As multiple agencies are called to respond, cooperation and coordination are keys to ensuring that rescue efforts and crisis management operations are swift and efficient.

The trial will be carried out in a simulated virtual environment, where practitioners will be presented with a timeline of events related to the outbreak of a wildfire, which will be followed by a growing threat to the nearby population as well as several casualties, and cascading effects on a chemical plant. It will assess how innovative sociotechnical solutions can improve the quality of information exchange between practitioners and authorities in the context of a large forest fire in a cross-border Mediterranean environment.

The solutions used in the trial will focus on supporting firefighters, EMS, the Environmental Protection Agency and authorities by setting up a coordination framework that provides an overview of response operations, successfully manages the information exchanges in the most efficient way and integrates social media into the disaster management operations.

Seventy attendants are expected at the second trial, including crisis management practitioners from several European countries, solution providers and observers. This trial will deliver important feedback to the DRIVER+ test bed — the software tools, middleware and methodology used to conduct the trials — contributing to the project development and the upcoming trials.

The results of the assessment will be stored the online database-driven website that everyone can access to learn more about innovative crisis management solutions, thus contributing to a greater understanding for a wider audience. Further details are available here.

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