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Proposal Acronym:       CAST

                                  IN THE EU

Grant Agreement No.:  218070

Duration in months:     24

Call identifier:              FP7-SEC-2007-1

Activity Code:              6.2-01

Keywords:                   first responders / standardized security centered training curriculum
                                 disaster management / biofeedback

Comparative Assessment of Security-Centered Training Curricula for First Responders on Disaster Management in the EU (CAST)

Currently the EU is faced with an increased vulnerability due to threats resulting from international terrorism, as well as security risks resulting from the increased international involvement of EU Member States in regions outside the EU. Consequently, societies in the EU are in need of first responder (FR) capabilities, which reflect the changed threat situation. These threats include, for the first time, scenarios which can result in damages, health- and environmental risks of a hitherto unprecedented magnitude. For example, the FR community in the EU may have to conduct search and rescue operations, as well as policing and fire fighting after the deployment of a WMD by terrorists in an environment contaminated by potentially lethal radioactive, biological or chemical contaminants. Therefore disaster management skills of the EU FR community (security forces, fire fighters, paramedics, emergency management, public works)need to be adapted to meet these new challenges. Thereby the project’s main aims are:

  • Assess the demands for disaster management for FR in the EU Member States, addressing scenarios of incidents and defining the threats to FRs.
  • Assess organisational and institutional background of the various first responders communities in the EU and the consequences for the needs for disaster management
  • Assess the current status and training curricula of disaster management in EU FR and compare with Best Practices in Israel, Russia and the United States
  • Establish virtual reality training systems as a part of FR training programmes and as a tool for comparative assessment of first responders training and awareness.
  • Identify potential gaps between the current standard in disaster management by FR in EU member states and international Best Practices
  • Develop a curriculum for a standardized security-centered training course or FR on disaster management in the Member States of the European Union, ensuring a high level of technical education to enhance the implementation of the results of technology based security policies and programs.
  • Enable FR to manage the aftermath of a catastrophic terror attack (e.g. after the deployment of a WMD) in a safe and efficient manner
  • strengthen the current response capability of FR to provide their full service also after a very severe industrial accident (e.g., a major uncontrolled radioactive release from a nuclear power plant) or a large scale natural or technical disaster (e.g., large scale flooding after a dam break).
  • Provide a tool for resource planning (network of information on demand and on security-related technologies representing the state-of-art with the feature of continuous updating).
  • Provide a tool of interface between the demands of the FR-community and the resources of research and development.

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