What is the status of interoperability in Europe?

invitation Dear Sir/Madam,

The EFRIM team are pleased to be hosting the 5th European First Responder Innovation Managers forum to be held in Amsterdam on April 5th  and 6th 2017.

What is the status of interoperability in Europe?
The cooperation between the first responder organizations is referred to as interoperability. It is at moments of crisis that the true barriers between the tri services come to the surface: the lack of interoperable communication systems, different terminology and language and failure to properly co-ordinate across the services can significantly hinder the effectiveness of the response and actually exasperate the situation to the detriment of both the public caught up in the incident and those responding.

In a two day exchange of experts we want to assess the current status of interoperability in Europe. How much do the first responder organizations train together in their country and are they able to assist their colleagues across the border? Identify common practices as well as common needs with a view of establishing a joint approach to secure collaborative working in order to improve interoperability and cooperation across services and countries.

Although interoperability is a broad theme, specific subtopics will come out of the discussions. Examples of the subtopics could be: situational awareness, common operational pictures, next generation 911, use of satellites, response to terrorist attacks and improved pan European communications. We welcome papers addressing a variety of interoperability management topcis.

Based on the outcome of this meeting a white paper will be written to be discussed with stakeholders and might be input for proposals of H2020 grants in 2018.

Who should attend?
This is a strategic level forum appropriate for senior managers from emergency response organizations who hold responsibility for, and have experience of, managing innovation.
EFRIM strives to improve the safety of Europe improving interoperability of the first responders/emergency services by understanding how we can deal with common challenges faced by our organizations. By providing a platform for the all services to connect with each other, sharing knowledge, exploring how resources can be coordinated and formulating common goals, EFRIM can help voice common needs to national and European policy makers to synchronize the approach taken and maximize the support available.

To Book
If you would like to attend EFRIM4, please send the following details to m.poppink@efrim.org

  • Name
  • Job Title / Role
  • Name of Organization
  • Email Address
Places for existing members have already been allocated but limited additional places are available so book now to avoid disappointment. Other places will be allocated on a first come first serve basis. Catering during the event will be provided, please advise us if you have any specific access or dietary requirements.
On behalf of the EFRIM team,

Elle de Jonge                                              Hans Versnel
Chief Inspector                                         Project Manager Innovation
Dutch National Police                             Safety Institute IFV
EFRIM                                                          EFRIM

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