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Trial Description

The Final Demonstration is implemented in the form of an integrated event placed in multiple locations (three physically distant locations in two countries: The Netherlands and Poland).

 

The will be focusing on information exchange among the EUCP Modules, EUCPT (closely linked to TAST) and LEMA as well as situation reporting to ERCC.
Large Forest Fires (FF) are spreading in a fictional, non-EU country “X”. National capabilities of country “X” are not sufficient to manage the FF.

  • Request for an assistance is prepared by country “X” and EUCPM is activated.
  • Modules and assets are offered by the Member States.
  • Upon acceptance of the modules, country “X” LEMA is working closely with EUCPT on site.

Large forest fires are spreading in a fictional, non-EU country “Driverstan”. National response capabilities of country “Driverstan” are not sufficient to manage the fires. Request for assistance is prepared by Driverstan and the UCPM is activated. Modules and assets are offered by the Member States. Upon acceptance of the modules, Driverstan National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA) is working closely with EUCPT on site.

Upon arrival, EUCPT identifies another important issue: large unofficial refugee settlement is endangered by fire spread and in upcoming days it will be necessary to evacuate it (and defend it from the fire during the evacuation). Unexpected to relocate thousands of refugees adds to overall complexity and results in stronger EU-UN cooperation.

The scenario will be focusing on information exchange among the EUCP Modules, EUCPT (closely linked to TAST) and NDMA as well as situation reporting to ERCC.

Shortcomings in interoperability: the ability to exchange crisis-related information among agencies and organisations

This is aiming most of all at the reporting between EUCPT and ERCC. However, in order to best mirror the complexity of UCPM – Module reporting will be also taken into account.  

The focus here should be limited to the EUCPM. In the situation where international response is provided by the Modules it is vital for both EUCPT and ERCC to receive coherent information that will summarize the operational activities taken in the field. This awareness will influence decision making process and will make easier the communication in the field and communication provided to the outside (European Commission, MS, as well as press)

Adequate COP environment

A Common Operational Picture (COP) is a particular type of situation supported by a Command and Control system which is “established and maintained by gathering, collating, synthesizing, and disseminating incident information to all appropriate parties.” (21).

The main challenges lay in the amount of data and therefore the selection the most relevant data for incident ; and the format of data (disparate data collection, integration and analysis). The information needs to be customised to the exact needs and discipline-specific requirements to accommodate the variety of users. Real time is crucial.

The objectives of a COP are ultimately to increase situational awareness and to support real-time response decision making.


References in the literature: This is rather well identified by most studies on management gaps. They tend to focus on the management of large amount of data and ability to merge data with different formats.

Models to assess dynamics of chemical and radiological threats exist, but provide results in different formats (qualitative descriptions, tabular data, numerical data, geospatial data, etc.). This makes it difficult to effectively use them in an integrated COP system.
Data gathering and integration in the COP is still inadequate. E.g. it is difficult to do it on the fly when EU Civil Protection Mechanism modules are deployed.
An universal tool integrating results from different models, enabling comparison in real-time, in a unique environment is seen as necessary, e.g. to support EUCPM. The outputs of such a tool should be easy and quick to interpret by incident commander (visualisation).
Overarching objective

Final Demo general purposes are:

  • To identify Management gaps related to high-level command at international level.
  • To assess selected solutions interesting for ERCC and DRMKC and their usability in .
  • To demonstrate and promote the methodology developed by the DRIVER+ project at the level of European Union Crisis Management (UCPM).

Final Demo trial purposes are:

  • To present the DRIVER+ outcomes for the ERCC and at a European level.
  • It will address this field by increasing the effectiveness of work of analysis teams in producing and harmonising a Common Operational Picture among entities on a European level. The scope is to showcase the potential benefits on coordination, information exchange, enhancement of a common operational picture, situation , resource management, communication and other gaps, as indicated by the participating End Users.
  • The Final Demonstration will present the potential of a more integrated high-level CM system in Europe, especially in cross-border contexts in term of improved situation assessment, coordination, resource pooling and sharing, and cross border cooperation.

 

To verify if there is more effective exchange of information in the reports sent by EUCPT to ERCC.

To verify if there is more effective exchange of information in the reports sent by EUCPT to ERCC.  

To verify if the situational awareness is increased due to integrated information environment available for EUCPT.

To verify if the situational awareness is increased due to integrated information environment available for EUCPT.  

To verify if the use of the demonstrated solutions shortens the time of decision making.

To verify if the use of the demonstrated solutions shortens the time of decision making.   

To verify if more structured information increases situation awareness and results in more efficient decision making.

To verify if more structured information increases situation awareness and results in more efficient decision making.   

To verify if providing up to date map information shortens the time of terrain reconnaissance.

To verify if providing up to date map information shortens the time of terrain reconnaissance.  

Large Forest Fires (FF) are spreading in a fictional, non-EU country “X”. National capabilities of country “X” are not sufficient to manage the FF. Request for an assistance is prepared by country “X” and EUCPM is activated. Modules and assets are offered by the Member States. Upon acceptance of the modules, country “X” LEMA is working closely with EUCPT on site. The will be focusing on information exchange among the EUCP Modules, EUCPT (closely linked to TAST) and LEMA as well as situation reporting to ERCC.

Trial type
Command post trial
Crisis Cycle Phase
Trial Location
Trial illustrations
Sweden Forest Fires, 2018
Incident category
Wildfires
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DRIVER+ project has received funding from the European Union's 7th Framework Programme for Research,
Technological Development and Demonstration under Grant Agreement (GA) N° #607798