USE CASE 1 – FOREST FIRES

Rationale

This pilot will target on the deployment and operation of all available technologies for continuous communications, enhanced Situational Awareness and improved health and safety conditions for First Responders, according to a big fire scenario in a Wild land Urban Interface zone (WUI). The goal is that there will not be the need for the Head of Operations to go in the fire front to understand the fire needs (causing serious gaps in the sequence of actions that may prove fatal), but also the practitioners to get familiarized with 5G professional radio devices, UAVs and protective clothes for covering above the average all major risks in a complex emergency.

The climatic conditions of Cyprus favor the fact that fires occur. The forests create a dry microclimate suitable for the advance of the fire, with a very high vulnerability. Pine trees forest formations tend to present more facilities for the advancement of fire, if there are conditions of dry soil and environment and abundance of combustible material on the ground cover.

Validation

Through this pilot, we plan to:

  • Decrease at the half the time for providing to Command Centers COP and mobilize the necessary forces, call for extra support, and/or initiate UCPM.

  •  Increase the percentage of forces allocated at emergencies based on reliable, verified information.

  •  Reduce time needed for mobilizing the necessary First Responders matching needs with skills and specialties.

  • Reduce time for setting up the emergency logistics supply chain.

  •  Improve health and safety conditions of First Responders, and reduce time for their recovery after the emergency.

  • Test protective means for First Responders that will allow them to operate in complex environments with multiple threats such as fire, smoke, toxic ingredients, having protection against all of them above the average.

  • Test new communication technologies that will allow high quality, uninterrupted communication between Command Centers (including mobile ones) and First Responders cooperating with drones, robots, and sensors.

  • Provide advanced communication tools for intra-team and inter-team communication of First Responders in the field, increasing their safety, replacement in duties, joint operations, etc.

  • Increase level of protection of First Responders against risks at complex emergencies (fire, smoke, chemicals, etc.)

  • Improve or establish new Standard Operating Procedures (SDOs) for complex emergencies, joint teams work, interaction with unmanned vehicles, and equipment that will allow catch new technologies’ potential to improve decision making at the field and at Command Centers.