Reducing Risks by Improving Interoperability between Slovakia and Hungary for Better Preparedness (RISKHUB)

 

The climate change related risks, like wildfires and flashfloods, are representing an emerging environmental risk in the Danube Region. The number of events and the level of their impact have increased. In the Actionplan of the Environmental Risks Priority Area (PA5) of the European Union Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR) focusing on strengthening the cooperation between disaster response organizations is one of the main aims, which is also in the focus of this project. Concentrating on specific hazards tipical for the region will provide an opportunity to identify the gaps and best practices based on the characteristics of cross-border cooperation of volunteer assets. The volunteer firefighters in the region will have a chance compare and familiarize with each others capacities, tools and equipment which would lead to better interoperability of those assets. The main aim is to have better preparedness for joint response activites. The development of harmonized training environment, including distance learning tools (e-learning) and practical toolsets (equipped training van), will support the establishment of regional level standards. The chosen method of training of trainers is self sustaining, which ensures that the involved organizations and municipalities benefit from the project in a longer term. Joint exercising and information campaigns will further improve the awareness of the public; hence they would benefit from the activities by gaining knowledge about the risks in their region.

 

The general objectives of the project is to improve the effectiveness of response efforts by increasing interoperability of the assest. Reducing risks realted to climate change can vbe achived by strengthening the cooperaiton between organizations to achive better preparedness to emergencies.

The specific objectives of the project:

– Harmonize standard operating procedures

– Strengthen cooperation between organizations from both Slovakian and Hungarian sides of the border

– Develop standardized training environment, including e-learning and practical toolset

– Develop inventory of available assets and standardize alerting procedures

– Reach better preparedness by training and exercising jointly

– Improve public awareness about climate change realted risks

 

 

Number of Partners: 7

Project Budget: 395.129 EUR

Project Duration: 10/2020-09/2022

Project Lead Partner: Budapest Firefighter Association

Project Manager: Zsolt Kelemen

Contact Details: kelemenzs@t-email.hu

Funded by: SKHU1601