European Union project - SVAROG 2017
Firefighting efforts require permanent prevention and preparedness activities aimed at an ever improving risk management and increased operational capacities. Forest fires are common threats to Croatia, Montenegro, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Austria and France, who often share their operational know-hows and techniques. The number of fires varies and largely depends upon the weather conditions, i.e. temperature and rainfall amounts. Due to the climate change caused increase in temperature and the prolonged periods of droughts, the number of fires and their proportions are unfortunately likely to increase in near future.
This clearly demonstrates the threat to the population and the environment, as well as potential detrimental effects to the economy and the budget caused by forest fires. Therefore, there is a justified need for additional investments into strengthening of the transnational cooperation and assistance, aimed at a more efficient and faster response.
Mediterranean states in particular, as significant tourist destinations, have additional obligation and responsibility to develop an advanced system of firefighting.
In the recent years, new analogue and GIS tools have been developed with the aim to facilitate the management of large firefighting interventions by commanding officers. By using new technologies and applications technical capacities are increased, as well as the scope and efficiency of interventions.
Throughout this project we want to share our experiences with our colleagues from other countries in order to compare the tools in use and choose the optimal ones which in future we will include in the training programme of firefighting commanders.
A need is there too to improve the communication between the aerial and ground forces in order to improve efficiency and safety on ground.
Throughout the Union Civil Protection Mechanism funded project, Croatia, as the project coordinator and her project partners France, Montenegro and Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, together with Austria as a project exercise player, will organize four workshops and a table top exercise. The topic addressed by the project is the reception and coordination of international firefighting assistance in the event of a disastrous forest fire, as well as the application of a newly gained knowledge in tactical situation planning on the field.
The general project objective is to train operational procedures when receiving, providing and coordinating international assistance provided by aerial and ground firefighting forces.
The specific objective of the project is to make the participants familiar with modern technological tools used to better manage the fighting of forest fires and to unify new tactics and strategies for a more efficient firefighting.
Firefighting Table Top Exercise – Svarog 2017 is co-financed within the framework of the European Commission financial instrument Union Civil Protection Mechanism, Call for Proposals – Union Civil Protection Mechanism Exercises.
GRANT AGREEMENT No: ECHO/SUB/2016/742246
Duration: 12 months (01.02.2017 - 31.01.2018)