IGNIS PARTNERS

The IGNIS Project is being delivered by a multinational partnership of four emergency service organisations. The four partner organisations are based in France, Portugal, UK and Italy. Further details about the individual partners are shown below.

ENTENTE pour la forêt Méditerranéenne (EPLFM)
FRANCE

EPLFM is the lead and coordinating partner on the IGNIS Project.

ENTENTE is a public civil protection body in France with the overall aim of protecting people and the environment from natural disasters and technological hazards. Within this role, ENTENTE plays a key role as a State partner for protection from wildfires and forest fires.

With 29 local authorities, ENTENTE unites 14 French counties and departmental fire and rescue services. Since 2004, ENTENTE has been open to the regions of France, with the Corsican local authority the first to join.

EPLFM is divided into 4 key departments with specific responsibilities and expertise.

The Information and Prevention Department of ENTENTE is responsible for designing and implementing prevention actions. This department serves as the communications department of ENTENTE and is also in charge of implementing prevention campaigns both for and with local authorities. These prevention campaigns can be targeted at one or more different social groups, including professionals, residents, tourists and students.

The training department of ENTENTE (called ECASC), is responsible for developing and delivering innovative and highly specialized training to civil protection professionals in the fields of rescue and natural and technological risks. Since its creation in 1967, ECASC has been heavily implicated in the development and delivery of training on forest fires. The key focus of the department is to deliver training that enables professionals to carry out interventions in a common and coherent approach and to implement the national reference guides of the Ministry of the Interior.

 

The Test and Research Department of ENTENTE (called CEREN) is responsible for developing and implementing scientific studies and experiments to inform natural hazard research. In particular, CEREN tests and evaluates the impacts of different hazards and interventions on personnel, equipment and the environment. CEREN cooperates nationally and internationally with many researchers, universities and industries to deliver high quality Research and Development programmes and studies.

 

New Technologies Department (called PONT) is a multidisciplinary team specialized in Geographical Information Systems (GIS). The PONT department serves risk management professionals and, more specifically, specialises in GIS and GPS work and training focused on forest fires in the southern area of France.

Find out more at http://www.entente-valabre.com/

Escola Nacional de Bombeiros (ENB)
PORTUGAL

The National Fire Service School (ENB) is a private non-profit organization owned by the National Authority for Civil Protection (ANPC) and the Confederation of the Portuguese Firefighters (LBP).

ENB is recognized by the Portuguese Government as a public utility entity and the pedagogic authority for the Portuguese firefighter’s technical training.

Established on 4th of May 1995, ENB has more than two decades of experience on developing the skills and expertise of firefighters and other civil protection agents. This know-how is properly recognized and certified at national and international level.

The ENB is based in Sintra, and has two more national training centres, one specialized in wild forest fires, in Lousã, and other focused on industrial and urban incidents, in S. João da Madeira. At the regional level, the School has 38 Local Training Units strategically distributed and a network of 1800 local trainers that assure the training in the 436 Portuguese fire stations.

In 2014, ENB has defined a new Strategic Plan for Firefighter’s Training for 2014-2016 based on: improve knowledge access, ensure training quality and foster innovation. Since then, ENB has developed new training courses in partnership with universities and international organizations, introduced a quality management system and built a simulation center next to a new training camp.

To address the risks that the Mediterranean forest and the Portuguese firefighters have faced in recent decades, ENB has become progressively specialized in fighting wild forest fires. This knowledge combines strong operational experience acquired by monitoring the large-scale fires that every year occupy thousands of firefighters, with the research developed by universities and laboratories and, more recently, with the use of virtual reality simulation training and testing.

Find out more about ENB at http://www.enb.pt/

Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS)
UNITED KINGDOM

Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS) provides fire and rescue cover to the County of Northumberland, the northernmost county in England. The County covers a land area of almost 2,000 square miles (approximately 500,000 hectares) and is home to approximately 316,000 people. 51% of the county’s population live on urban land that forms just 3% of the county land area, with a particularly strong concentration of people living within the Southeast corner of the county. This pattern makes Northumberland the most sparsely populated county in England, with only 63 people living per square kilometer, and brings a number of challenges for delivering services.

 

NFRS's key operational activities and responsibilities include responding to and, where appropriate, preventing: fires; road traffic accidents; flooding incidents; wildfires; hazardous material and chemical incidents; major incidents including terrorist attacks; and providing other humanitarian services such as extracting casualties from wreckage and debris. Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service also provide expertise and support to other regions of the UK.

There are currently 15 community fire stations in Northumberland which deliver services 24/7, 365 days a year by utilising full-time, day staffing and retained (part-time on call) firefighters. They offer community safety advice and education and respond to emergency calls. NFRS has a front-line operational fleet of 21 fire engines and a number of specialist vehicles. These include an incident support vehicle providing front line command and control facilities, a specialist rescue vehicle for attending road traffic collisions and other specialist rescues, a specialist wildfire unit, 3 water rescue teams vehicles/boats and a fleet of over 20 4x4 support vehicles, some fitted with specialist cutting equipment and water fogging systems.

 

 

Wildfires are a significant issue in Northumberland and NFRS has been proactively working to improve wildfire prevention, preparedness, training and response for a number of years. NFRS is now considered one of the leading Fire and Rescue Services in the UK for wildfire training and operational issues, delivering training to firefighters and land management agencies in the UK, Republic of Ireland and Denmark.

Find out more at http://fire.northumberland.gov.uk

Corpo Nazionale dei Vigili del Fuoco (CNVVF)
 
ITALY

The Department of firefighters, public rescue and civil defense (Dipartimento dei Vigili del Fuoco, del Soccorso Pubblico e della Difesa Civile) is composed of eight central directorates, eighteen regional offices and one hundred provincial commands, with around eight hundred stations throughout the country.

 

The National Fire Corps (Corpo Nazionale dei Vigili del Fuoco - CNVVF) is within the overall responsibility of the Ministry of the Interior and has a duty to provide urgent technical rescue, even in events in which non-conventional substances are involved, and to carry out fire prevention services. CNVVF operates all over Italy, except in the Valle d'Aosta region and the Bolzano and Trento provinces. CNVVF has approximately 35.000 professional and volunteer units.

 

According to Italian law, the National Fire Corps is a key part of the civil protection system. The Corps also carries out rescue services abroad, within the framework of international agreements.

 

Every day, every night, firefighters are ready to intervene to rescue people, to safeguard assets, to protect the environment. The rapid response, expertise and experience gained from previous activities of civil protection are essential for the relief of people affected by natural and other major disasters.

 

The CNVVF works as a basic component of the National Service of Civil Protection and assures, within its technical expertise, the management of emergency technical operations in accordance with the degree of coordination required by the current legislation.In terms of extinguishing forest fires, the central and peripheral structures of the CNVVF provide urgent technical assistance to regional jurisdictions. In case of a prior agreement, the CNVVF also provides the regions with resources, equipment and personnel necessary to suppress and extinguish forest fires.


Fire protection services are entrusted to the exclusive jurisdiction of the Ministry of the Interior, which exercises its activities through the CNVVF. Fire protection is the overriding public interest function intended to achieve the safety of human life, the protection of property and and the protection of the environment through the promotion, study, preparation, testing of measurements, standards, devices and modes of action aimed at preventing or limiting the occurrence of a fire and its connected consequences.

 

Find out more at http://www.vigilfuoco.it/aspx/home.aspx

and at http://www.vigilfuoco.it/aspx/ReturnDocument.aspx?IdDocumento=4733

ABOUT THE IGNIS PROJECT

The IGNIS project (Initiative for Global Management of big fires through Simulation), brings together the knowledge and experience of emergency service partners from four different European countries including France, Italy, Portugal and the United Kingdom. IGNIS is financed by the European Commission through the Civil Protection Financial Instrument. The project will develop a mobile simulation tool and 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 GALLERY

IGNIS National Exercise No. 1: 14th to 18th November 2016
Sintra, Portugal
Project Advisory Board Meeting No. 1: 28th September 2016
Valabre, France
Project Kick Off Meeting: 1st to 3rd February 2016
Valabre, France
 

01.01.2016

Project Start Date
31.12.2017
Project Completion Date

4

Partners and countries involved

Co-financed by the EU

DG ECHO'S Civil Protection Financial Instrument
 

CONTACT

Enquiries

Please complete the following form if you have any queries and/or would like further information about the IGNIS Project:

Alternatively, please use the details on the right to contact a member of the project team in one of the four partner countries:

United Kingdom

Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service

Service HQ

West Hartford Business Park

Cramlington, Northumberland

NE23 3JP

United Kingdom

 

Tel: +44 (0)1670 621167

http://fire.northumberland.gov.uk 

France

ENTENTE

FUNDING FOR IGNIS

IGNIS is an innovative two year project that is being co-financed by the European Commission through DG ECHOs Civil Protection Financial Instrument (Grant Number: ECHO/SUB/2015/718664/PREP01 IGNIS).

Find out more at http://ec.europa.eu/echo/

 
 
 
 
 
France

ENTENTE

Alternatively, please use the details on the right to contact a member of the project team in one of the four partner countries:

ENTENTE

CONTACT

Enquiries

Please complete the following form if you have any queries and/or would like further information about the IGNIS Project:

Alternatively, please use the details below to contact a member of the project team in one of the four partner countries

United Kingdom

Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service

Service HQ

West Hartford Business Park

Cramlington, Northumberland

NE23 3JP

United Kingdom

 

Tel: +44 (0)1670 621167

http://fire.northumberland.gov.uk 

France

ENTENTE pour la Forêt Méditerranéenne

Domaine de Valabre - RD 7

13120 GARDANNE

FRANCE

Tel: +33 (0)4 42 60 86 50

http://www.entente-valabre.com

Portugal

Escola Nacional de Bombeiros (ENB)

Rua Doutor António Macieira

Quinta do Anjinho

2710-689 SINTRA

PORTUGAL

Tel: +351 219 239 040

http://www.enb.pt

Italy

Corpo Nazionale dei Vigili del Fuoco (CNVVF)

Scuole Centrali Antincendi

Piazza Scilla, 2,

Capanelle

00178 Roma 

ITALY

www.vigilfuoco.it 

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