Fire is a natural process and as such, humans have been living with fire for a long time. However, recent wildfires in traditionally fire prone areas of Southern Europe have shown that fire behaviour has changed beyond what is currently understood. This shows the need for a better approach to prevention and adaptation. In Northwest Europe, traditionally seen as less fire prone, people on the ground are seeing the increased dangers of fire to their communities; yet awareness of their institutions and populations remains low.
Pre-planning is a critical aspect of the fire service. It allows an organization to identify dangerous or potentially dangerous conditions and to develop a response system and countermeasures to protect the community and rescuers.
To improve in the preplanning is important to plan a time-efficient safe response, minimizing responders’ engagement, and plan interoperability and enhance synergies. We should focus efforts into negotiating solutions with stakeholders for anticipated scenarios and focus on governance and integral risk management.
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Conceptual compilation of the results collected in 2018 2019 during Fire-in workshops about Pre-planning
|I. HIGH FLOW OF RESPONDERS IN HOSTILEENVIRONMENT|
II.HIGH IMPACT, LOW FREQUENCY EMERGENCIES
|III.MULTI-AGENCY/MULTI-LEADERSHIPENVIRONMENT||IV.HIGH LEVEL OF UNCERTAINTY|
|Pre-plan a time-efficient, safe response, minimizing responder’s engagement||Negotiate solutions with stakeholders for anticipated scenarios||Pre-plan interoperability and enhance synergies||Focus on governance and integral risk management|
1.Plan logistics & legal issues
b. Package and pre-positioningmodules of resources.
c. Available mínimum of logisticalresources and suplies.
Share information of local hostile scenarios, and its preplanned response measures.
b. Networks of experts that exchange knowledge, experience and bestpractices.
c. Coordination between crossborder crews.
a1. Historical events, statistics (baseline),modelling actual conditions and thehuman factor.
b. Including scenarios probable at longterm, investing in knowledge and skills andbeing prepared by a flexible and modularapproach.
c. Integrate the different disciplines basedon the scenarios and strategies.
3. Prevention & Preparedness
a. Change the focus towards activeprevention, self-protection and risk mitigation. Facilitate firefighters’ capacity.
b. At a regional scale, harmonize P&Pmeasures in cross-border/cross-regional areas.
b. Exchange experts in large events in otherplaces (countries?).
5. Negociate/ Agree
1.Create a transboundary framework
b. Pre-plan should be known by allagencies and stakeholders
2.Prevention & Preparedness:
Emergency preparedness should be dealt with international / European perspectives.
b. Plan strategic ownership.
4. Negociate / agree:
a. Chain of command, specifying roles and capabilities.b. Establish agreements andstructures for cross-collaborationbetween entities (private and public):- with specific key intelligence,- with those who have power ofdecisions- with those who have influence on the management
5. Best practices and lessons learnt: European interagency round tables.
1.Create a flexible and fast framework
b. Focus: small window of opportunities to change policies and governance processes.
b. Promote the growth of
Identify strategic ownership.
c. Improve the resilience among responders to maintain their response capacity.
a. Reduce bureaucracy and other inhibitors.
b. Pre-plans: Flexible, focused on indicators of key changes and providing tools for alternatives and contingency plans.
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