PSCE is pleased to announce its Spring Conference in Lancaster

After the success from our Conference in Bled, Slovenia, we are delighted to announce the 20th edition of the PSCE Conference. Taking place in the charming city of Lancaster, United Kingdom, this Conference will be held in collaboration with the University of Lancaster, on 4-6 June 2019.

As PSCE pledges to keep up-to-date with current tendencies within the safety and security industry, this year’s Spring Conference will cover topics such as Internet of Things (IoT), Flash Flooding, Cybersecurity and many other subjects which will be announced shortly, along with the publication of the agenda.

Following the fashion of our past events, the Lancaster Conference will provide a selective stage for experts to share experiences and challenges facing the security and safety industry today, but also solutions to address possible concerns.

Overall, our Conference in Lancaster will offer unparalleled intelligence and networking opportunities for professionals across the industry, and also the occasion to showcase products and services that will contribute to better respond to disasters and preparedness within a community. Finally, PSCE will also organise a market place in order to enhance discussions and cooperation between the three PSCE communities – industry, research and users. The goal is to organise discussions around topics and ideas that could potentially lead to business developments or project ideas (funded projects).

Council adopts rescEU, strengthening emergency support to Member States  

After the green light from the European Parliament, on March 7, the Council adopted a decision to amend the EU civil protection mechanism. The act foresees the setting-up of an additional pool of resources, rescEU, to provide assistance in situations where overall existing capacities are insufficient.

Overall, rescEU will include in particular aerial means to combat forest fires, as well as resources to respond to medical emergencies and to chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear incidents. The decision will also strengthen the existing voluntary pool of national capacities.

As for next steps, the decision will be formally signed by the Council and the European Parliament this week. The signed text will then be published in the EU Official Journal and will enter into force the following day.

The decision includes a number of new provisions that will help Member States boost existing capacities and contribute more to the European Civil Protection Pool such as: co-financing 75% to upgrade their national capacities, co-financing the costs incurred for the deployment of assets, the implementation of the European Union Civil Protection Network, The Commission will work with Member States to ensure that investments undertaken with Structural Funds are "disaster proof". This means that they will have to take into account the risk assessments that Member States provide.

According to the February's  press release from the Parliament, “the law also sets up, upon Parliament’s request, a “RescEU” reserve of resources, such as forest fire-fighting planes, high-capacity pumps, field hospitals and emergency medical teams, for use in all kinds of emergencies.” Additionally, MEPs also succeeded in strengthening the European Union Civil Protection Knowledge Network, allowing all disaster response actors to stay up-to-date and to speak "the same technical language".

The Union Civil Protection Mechanism ('the Union Mechanism') governed by Decision No 1313/2013/EU of the European Parliament and the Council strengthens cooperation between the Union and the Member States and facilitates coordination in the field of civil protection in order to improve the Union's response to natural and man-made disasters.

The budgetary impact of rescEU is estimated at an additional €280 million for the remaining Multiannual Financial Framework period (2018-2020).

Second Public Warning Workshop in Helsinki

HOW TO IMPLEMENT ARTICLE 110 OF THE ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS CODE

GETTING IT RIGHT FIRST TIME

2nd Workshop

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What: 1 Day Workshop

When: 8 October 2019

Where: Finnish Ministry of Interior - Kirkkokatu 12, HELSINKI (Meeting room Kruunu)

Entry fee: 300€ (incl VAT, if number available) or 363€ (without VAT number) 

The purpose of this second PSCE workshop is to help national project teams build on the first with a review of its outcomes. In particular, developing the “Concept of Operations” and “Solution Design Specification” to now establish the essential frameworks for Governance, Policy, Regulation and Standards as well as looking at the Funding Options. All of these are critical success criteria towards the successful design to delivery of an effective Public Warning System.

As with the first workshop in Brussels on May 16, this second of three events is designed to help national project teams achieve full compliance with Article 110 EECC by June 2022. Delegates will come away with another hugely useful workshop booklet; this time with guidance on the Policy, Regulation Standards and Funding Frameworks to help accelerate your project to early procurement.

Michael Hallowes will facilitate much of the workshop. He is the former Emergency Services Commissioner and National Director of Australia’s “Emergency Alert Program”. He will offer his experience from leading the design to delivery of Australia’s equivalent Public Warning System, as a hands-on guide to successful implementation of Article 110, EECC.

This workshop complements the PSCE White Paper "HOW TO IMPLEMENT ARTICLE 110 OF THE ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS CODE - GETTING IT RIGHT THE FIRST TIME".

CiProVot’s newsletter announces report on the outcomes of the Civil Protection Volunteers’ skills on risk prevention and management

On its latest newsletter, CiProVot, the Civil Protection Volunteers Training, has recently launched its report delivering the results of the research carried out in Italy, Portugal, Greece, United Kingdom and Belgium on Civil Protection volunteers’ skills and needs about the prevention and management of natural disasters.

The objective of the report is to provide a summary of the various institutional and operational set-ups of the Civil Protection systems in Europe; to collect best practices existing in Europe in the field of Civil Protection and to investigate on the lacking competences and needs of Civil Protection Volunteers in order to develop a common approach to be used in Europe in case of emergency.

Training methodology for Civil Protection volunteers and interviews with experts

The project partners are now working on the creation of the training methodology, which will be the basis for the development of the content for the second international training (Foligno- Italy, June 2019) and the online training course (MOOC) for Civil Protection volunteers (September/December 2019).

A first draft of the methodology has already been shared among partners and at least 3 Civil Protection experts have been interviewed in each partner Country. They were asked to contribute/give feedback to the first draft of the training methodology in order to guarantee the quality and innovation of the training package that will be developed thanks to the project.

Next steps

In the next few months, the training content for the second international training and the CiProVoT online training platform will be developed. It will be accessible to all Civil Protection experts and volunteers, as well as those interested in this sector.

Should you be interested in participating in the second international training with other European volunteers or attending the online training course for Civil Protection volunteers and experts do not hesitate to get in touch with CiProVot through this link.

The BroadWay Project Releases its Request for Tender

On 19 February 2019 the BroadWay team launched a Request for Tender to procure a system which would enable a Pan-European interoperable broadband system for Public Safety.

Crime and disasters are not limited to fixed geographical borders, and there is a necessity for European first-responders to be able to communicate, share and access information regardless of the country they intervene in. This is the challenge tackled by the BroadWay project, a team consisting of 11 procurers from 11 European countries which have come together to procure innovation activity to enable a pan-European broadband mobile system for Public Protection and Disaster Relief (PPDR).

Access the full press release here!