Supporting, testing, exercising and disseminating new and improved approaches for protecting public safety across Europe
Driver+ is Driving Crisis Management innovation, skills development and collaboration
GOVERNMENTS AND POPULATIONS ARE INCREASINGLY AWARE OF THE THREATS TO PUBLIC SAFETY POSED BY CLIMATE CHANGE – IN PARTICULAR WILDFIRES AND FLOODING -, EARTHQUAKES, TERRORISM AND INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENTS. DRIVER+ IS A PAN-EUROPEAN COOPERATION PROJECT TASKED WITH PROMOTING MAJOR NEW, SCIENCE-BASED IMPROVEMENTS IN CRISIS MANAGEMENT RESPONSE CAPABILITIES.
The project’s scope includes the promotion and trialling of advanced technologies and other crisis management solutions in realistic scenarios, the development of scientifically based trial methodologies, the building of cooperative information sharing networks (CMINE), and the establishment of a network of Centres of Expertise.
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Technology, Volunteering, Pan-European Cooperation
At a number of events staged throughout Europe, specialist Crisis Management teams have trialled a diverse range of different solutions under realistic conditions. These trials, held in Poland, France, The Netherlands and Austria, are helping Crisis Managers identify proven technologies and approaches for saving lives, protecting communities and caring for volunteers.
This is critically important work for a future in which climate change-related events – wildfires and floods – are likely to increase in frequency and severity, as well as persistent threats from earthquakes and terrorism.
A database of Crisis Management Solutions supporting enhanced Crisis Management best practice
The DRIVER+ Portfolio of Solutions
DRIVER+ HAS RECENTLY DEVELOPED AN ONLINE PORTFOLIO OF SOLUTIONS. THIS SITE DOCUMENTS AND PRESENTS DETAILS ON SOLUTIONS TESTED AND EVALUATED DURING THE DRIVER+ TRIALS. IT ALSO ALLOWS FOR THE INTRODUCTION OF THIRD-PARTY SOLUTIONS ALREADY USED BY PRACTITIONERS OR RELEVANT TO CRISIS MANAGEMENT
Supporting capability development and innovation management
Centres of Expertise
DRIVER+ is promoting the development of a network of Centres of Expertise
A Centre of Expertise (CoE) is an organisation operating in the domain of Crisis Management and Disaster Risk Reduction that acts as the primary contact point for practitioner organisations at the national or regional level, supporting their capability development and innovation management. A CoE may choose to adopt either the whole suite of DRIVER+ outputs or only some of its components.
A shared platform for promoting knowledge sharing and collaboration
Building CMINE, the Crisis Management Innovation Network Europe
The Crisis Management Innovation Network Europe (CMINE) is a Community of Practice that fosters innovation and enhances a shared understanding in the fields of Crisis Management and Disaster Risk Reduction in Europe. CMINE is creating an umbrella network of stakeholders active in Crisis Management by linking existing projects, networks and initiatives. By doing so, CMINE reduces fragmentation, generates ideas and helps to identify innovative solutions to improve European resilience.
- REDUCE FRAGMENTATION IN THE CRISIS MANAGEMENT LANDSCAPE
- FOSTER SYNERGIES
- IMPROVE MARKET UPTAKE OF CRISIS MANAGEMENT SOLUTIONS
- FACILITATE KNOWLEDGE EXCHANGE
A video of the European Civil Protection Exercise IRONORE2019 which ran from 12 September 2019 to 15 September 2019 in Eisenerz, Austria is available. Take a look at it here. Trial Austria was designed in close synergy with the IRONORE2019 exercise. At this exercise...
The Final Demonstration (Final Demo) is the last Trial, concluding the series of DRIVER+ Trials. It is being organised by the Space Research Centre of Polish Academy of Sciences and hosted in two different locations: The Main School of Fire Service, SGSP (Warsaw,...
DRIVER+ has conducted four Trials so far. Different selected innovative technical solutions were benchmarked during these Trials in different contexts: - Toxic spill scenario in Warsaw, Poland (May 2018) - Large forest fire in southern France (October 2018) - Flood...
The DRIVER+ project successfully conducted its last Trial about a severe earthquake scenario in Eisenerz, Austria. This last Trial of the DRIVER+ project took place on 12-14 September 2019 in the Austrian region of Styria, gathering more than 80 participants from all...
The User Workshop that DRIVER+ organised on 17 October 2019 in Brussels convened more than 50 people and provided an opportunity for several practitioners to explain what their experience has been using DRIVER+ outputs in their work. Part of the day was structured...