We have worked with a number of international partners to exchange knowledge and good practice.
This has helped us to purchase equipment and continually develop the skills and expertise of our staff.
During recent years, we have been involved in a number of European Union co-financed projects:
Initiative for Global Management of Big Fires through Simulation (IGNIS Project)
The IGNIS project (Initiative for Global Management of big fires through Simulation) has brought together the knowledge and experience of emergency service partners from four different European countries including France, Italy, Portugal and the United Kingdom. The project has developed a mobile simulation tool and associated training packages that can be used within the partner countries and across Europe to train fire officers in how to safely, effectively and efficiently command and control large wildfires.
IGNIS was a 24 month project that was completed in January 2018. The project was co-financed by the European Commission through its Civil Protection Financial Instrument
(Grant Agreement Number: ECHO/SUB/2015/718664/PREP01 IGNIS) and was delivered by a team of partner organisations from four European countries:
The simulation tool consists of a network of computers that run advanced gaming-style software which present fire officers with a realistic virtual environment that is as close to real life conditions as possible. Commanders receiving the training see what they would see at a wildfire incident and need to use knowledge, skills and experience to gather and process information to make informed decisions on how to safely and effectively command the incident, their sector or team.
The simulation tool and training frameworks were extensively tested during three national exercises:
- Portugal National Exercise - November 2016 in Sintra, Portugal
- Italy National Exercise - May 2017 in Rome, Italy
- UK National Exercise - June 2017 in Northumberland, UK
An independent advisory panel consisting of wildfire and incident command specialists from across Europe was also recruited to peer review and quality assure the materials produced during the project. The advisory board met a number of times during the project and its members observed and evaluated all of the national exercises.
The IGNIS Project concluded with an international conference in France on 10th January 2018. The event was attended by apprioximately 80 individuals representing a wide number of wildfire stakeholder agencies across Europe. During this event, the project partners provided a summary of the project activities and key deliverables. Delegates were also given the opportunity to observe a short demonstration exercise being delivered to a multinational team of fire officers using the simulator.
Following the conclusion of the final conference, lead officers from all four of the IGNIS partner organisations, and one member of the independent advisory board, signed a Statement of Intent. This document outlines a committment from all of the partners to continue working together over the next year to further develop and enhance simulation training for wildfire incidents. The partners are also discussing further exchanges and projects to continue the sharing of knowledge and experience which has taken place during the two year project.
The final results of the IGNIS project will be made publicly available here and on the IGNIS website in the near future.
Press releases about the IGNIS project:
You can find out more about IGNIS by looking at the press releases below or by visiting the project website at www.ignis-project.eu . You can also find out more by contacting Robert Stacey at firstname.lastname@example.org.
E-Learning for prevention, preparedness & response to natural disasters project
This was a two-year project which was successfully delivered between October 2014-2016. The aim of the project was to address the need for education and training in relation to natural disasters through the development of an e-learning system.
The project was a cross-sectoral and cross-border initiative involving six partners working in six EU countries:
During the project, the six organisations worked together to develop e-learning modules for primary school children, secondary school students, adults and fire and rescue services. Each module was tailored to the specific needs of its target group and covered prevention, preparedness and response to four types of natural disasters: floods, storms, heat waves and wildfires.
The e-learning modules are now available in six different languages: Danish, English, Estonian, Lithuanian, Romanian and Spanish. The project was co-funded by the European Commission within the framework of the Erasmus+ Programme
For further information about the project, please click on the links below:
Publicity material about the project:
Magazine articles about the project:
Press releases about the project
WATERSAVE II project
This project involves partners in the Netherlands, Czech Republic and UK. We are working with these partners to improve international response to flooding incidents within the European Union.
It is an ongoing project which builds on the success of previous project WATERSAVE. Both projects have been co-funded by the European Commission.
The service has benefited significantly from its involvement in these flood response projects and has used its experiences to enhance flood response within Northumberland and the North East.
Fire origins cause understanding & studying project
This project was delivered between August 2011 and June 2013. The aim was to improve the quality of vocational training systems in the field of fire investigation.
The project was co-financed through the Leonardo Da Vinci Programme and delivered by the Fire Safety and Civil Projection Directorate-General (Bulgaria), the Ghent Fire Brigade (Belgium) and Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service.
For further information, please contact email@example.com
The European forest fire networks project
This involved 13 partners from nine European Union countries between October 2010 and December 2012. Co-financed by the INTERREG IVC programme, it had the overall aim of improving and enhancing regional and local approaches to wildfire prevention and suppression in Europe.
Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service was a project partner, hosting an international workshop and leading on the development of the European Glossary for Wildfires and Forest Fires, as well as co-leading the project’s communication activities.
Translations of the European Glossary for Wildfires and Forest Fires:
The ‘complex floods management in European Union vulnerable areas through effective reaction and joint operations simulation project’, or Evros, ran between 2009 and 2010.
It was co-funded by the European Commission directorate-general for environment and involved partners from Greece, Bulgaria, Germany, Italy and the UK.
The project involved the design and implementation of a large-scale EU exercise involving the simulation of a major flooding event of the river Evros, which originates in Bulgaria and flows through Greece and Turkey.
The 150 individuals involved – including officers from Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service – used the exercise to test how they would work together at a major flooding incident involving emergency services from multiple countries.
Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service benefited significantly from this project and have used the experience to enhance flood response within Northumberland and the North East.
Accidental, natural & social fire risk assessment & management project
This project was an innovative two-year project coordinated by Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service.
During this project, we worked closely with three project partners, Frederikssund-Halsnæs Fire and Rescue Service (Denmark), Corpo Nazionale dei Vigili del Fuoco – Nucleo Investigativo Antincendi (Italy), and the Emergency Services College (Finland).
Delivered between January 2009 and December 2010, the project received co-financing from the European Union through the civil protection financial instrument. The aim was to enable cross-border exchange of good practice on the assessment and management of fire risk.
European exchange of best practice in arson prevention and investigation project
This project was delivered by Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service in partnership with Northumbria Police and Laoratoire central de la Préfecture de Police (France) between January 2007 and December 2008. The project was co-financed by the European Union through the civil protection financial instrument.
The key aim of the project was to identify, collate and disseminate best practice in arson prevention and investigation on a European scale. The premise was that by sharing this, practitioners across Europe could be better equipped to prevent and investigate fire crime within their communities.
A significant legacy of this was the creation of the European Network for Fire Investigation and Prevention, an information-sharing network for practitioners that has been operating since 2007.
For further information, please download the final report here
, or contact firstname.lastname@example.org