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Image - NAMIRG team visit colleagues in Rotterdam
Friday 30 November 2018

NAMIRG team visit colleagues in Rotterdam

The visit to the MIRG team of the port of Rotterdam came to the end. The local staff officially welcomed our team describing the organization in the Netherlands, the Safety Region, the Standard Operating Procedures adopted and allowing a visit to the 112 room, where the firefighters, ambulances and police operators work together to effectively respond to emergencies.The visit to the two fire brigade stations then, allow the Namirg team to learn more also about the specific equipment supplied to timely respond to interventions.
The exchange of best practices to continue with more and more enthusiasm to work in cooperation!


Image - HOT FIRE-Training course LAST PHASE
Monday 19 November 2018

HOT FIRE-Training course LAST PHASE

On the 14th and 15th of November the last phase of the Hot Fire course took place at the Training and Protection Center of the Republic of Slovenia (Izobrazevalni Center za Zascito in Reservanje RS) of IG, near Ljubljana.

The training sessions saw the participation of the NAMIRG team, engaged in a series of simulations specially designed to reproduce, as far as possible, the ship environment. The purpose of these trainings was to use fire control techniques in a compartment, also testing the communications system, especially those of the command line, the nodal point of any rescue intervention, but even more important on of a ship and with an international team.

The satisfaction shown by all the participants in this first course of the NAMIRG team, despite the considerable physical effort, in addition to being a positive sign, led to the evaluation of an increase in training activity, in order to refine operational procedures and automatisms.

Image - HOT FIRE training course for the Italian Team
Thursday 25 October 2018

HOT FIRE training course for the Italian Team

HOT FIRE, better known as CFBT - Compartment Fire Behavior Training- has recently concluded as the first phase of the fire fighting course, involving only the Italian team. 
During the morning the theoretical part has been illustrated, with a precise examination of the phenomena that arises when a fire develops and the dangers that may occur. The team have learnt the warning signals to be taken into consideration and which techniques should be used to face these kind of situations.
The second part of the course focused on practice: the operators were able to learn the correct use of the hollow jet in the various conditions that may arise and to progress as a team of 2 within a local.

Image - HOT FIRE Training course - II Phase in Rovinj
Thursday 25 October 2018

HOT FIRE Training course - II Phase in Rovinj

The II phase of the Hot Fire course (CFBT) for NAMIRG team operators, held on 18 and 19 October at the Rovinj training camp (HR), put in place a series of practical smoke control exercises of a fire inside a container, with relative homogenization of the operating procedures of the 3 countries participating in the project.

In addition to the exercises, the operators were able to attend a practical demonstration (carried out using a wooden model) on how a fire  develops and propagates and concerning the phenomena related to the ignition / explosion of the fumes based on the presence or absence of oxygen.

On the second day the participation was also extended to the Slovenian and Croatian partners creating 8 teams of 3 operators each, one for each country participating in the project, who exchanged on different operating scenarios, under the command of the 3 designated Team Leaders.

This was the first occasion in which those who will constitute the NAMIRG international intervention team met and worked together, the first stage of the training program in which this situation will be repeated several times.

The MBP 1175 took part in the exercise, with its experienced crew, who illustrated and subsequently demonstrated its fire-fighting potential.

Together with the operating structures, the initiative was attended by the highest authorities of the Civil Protection and Fire Services of the Istrian and Dalmatian Region, as well as representatives of the Navy, the Coast Guard and the Police, entities involved in various capacities for future operations of the NAMIRG team.

Image - NAMIRG project presented at 50th BARCOLANA 2018
Tuesday 02 October 2018

NAMIRG project presented at 50th BARCOLANA 2018

On the occasion of the 50th Barcolana, the Provincial Command of the Fire Brigade of Trieste organizes an exhibition stand where the activities of the PCFB will be presented in the week before the spectacular and popular regatta.

The NAMIRG project will be presented on Wednesday 10th from 3 pm at the same stand. 

Image - Fire brigades of Italy, Slovenia and Croatia sign a Transnational Operational Protocol during 2nd Steering Committee held in Trieste
Wednesday 25 July 2018

Fire brigades of Italy, Slovenia and Croatia sign a Transnational Operational Protocol during 2nd Steering Committee held in Trieste

On 24July, the CEI Executive Secretariat (CEI-ES) hosted the 2nd Steering Committee meeting of the NAMIRG project (North Adriatic Maritime Incident Response Group), financed by DG ECHO. The CEI-ES in its capacity as Lead Partner, introduced the project’s state-of-the-art and gave an overview of the upcoming activities and deadlines to all participants. Afterwards, the fire brigades of the three European Countries involved signed the Transnational Operational Protocol  where they agree on a common procedure to fight against sea fires and urgent technical assistance within the identified Maritime area included in the northern Adriatic.

In order to provide the most efficient response in case of on board incidents, the MIRG team is currently focusing on elaborating detailed Guidelines for materials and devices to extinguish/contain on board fires, as these interventions require special equipment to be purchased or to be shared among countries.

During the meeting, the partners also discussed the conditions the trainees and trainers needed to meet within  the national team . To this end, by the end of the summer, 24 operators making up three national teams (8 each)  will be identified and a personnel-training manual will be drafted. Partners also discussed which  important stakeholders at regional level were to be involved and finally had the chance to discuss with the Lead Partner some critical issues regarding the administrative aspects and reporting process. The next meeting is envisaged to take place in September 2019 at the CEI premises.

Image - 1st Steering Committee meeting held in Trieste
Tuesday 24 April 2018

1st Steering Committee meeting held in Trieste

All partners and Steering Committee members met in Trieste for discussing the progress of the NAMIRG technical activities.

Currently, activities are in line with the plans and very soon the first results will be achieved: the analysis of existing and missing human and technical resources will be completed in June, as well as the guidelines for common materials and devices will be finalised; the guidelines will put the basis for purchasing the needed technical materials for setting up the transnational NAMIRG team within the end of the year.

Moreover, the discussion on the transnational protocol to be signed by the Firefighter Units is ongoing: the cooperation protocol will be signed in July, and it will be followed by an operative agreement at the end of the project.

Image - Technical meeting in Koper
Wednesday 04 April 2018

Technical meeting in Koper

In the first months of activities, the NAMIRG partners worked on the analysis of existing and missing human and technical resources in Nothern Adriatic and explored the existing transnational and cross-border protocols between the regions Istria, Koper and Friuli Venezia Giulia, in view of amending them and/or signing the new ones for the NAMIRG establishment and functioning. The results of these activities will be discussed again during the first Steering Committee meeting, planned in Trieste for April 24th.

The NAMIRG activities are progressing very fast! While performing the analysis on the state of the art, a study group was established to define the strategies and methodologies and agree on training to be provided to the selected staff: partners met in Koper, and started discussing about the elaboration of the Handbook on Standard Operating Procedures.


Image - NAMIRG, a cross-border model for safety in Northern Adriatic Sea, Press conference held in Trieste
Friday 09 March 2018

NAMIRG, a cross-border model for safety in Northern Adriatic Sea, Press conference held in Trieste

The launching press conference of the NAMIRG project took place on 9 March at the CEI headquarters in Trieste. The event was attended by media representatives as well as by local authorities, inlcuding the President of the Friuli Venezia Giulia Region, Debora Serracchiani, the Mayor of the Municipality of Trieste, Roberto Di Piazza, and Commander Luca Sancilio, from the Trieste Port Authority, and by project partners.

During the press conference, the actions and the objectives of the project were presented by CEI Project Manager, Anna Marconato,  and the Regional Director of the Fire Brigade of the FVG region, Loris Munaro. Technical contributions were also provided by the chiefs of the Croatian and Slovenian fire brigades, partners of the project, and by the Project Manager of the Fire Brigade of the FVG Region, Alessandro Minelli.

As specified by the CEI Secretariat, NAMIRG represents a first pilot action that will constitute a tangible response mechanism able to involve three Member States but the objective is to be able to extend this initiative also to other countries of the Adriatic area.

Image - NAMIRG KICK OFF MEETING held in Trieste, Italy
Saturday 27 January 2018

NAMIRG KICK OFF MEETING held in Trieste, Italy

On January, 27th 2018 the CEI-ES hosted the Kick off meeting of the project NAMIRG, that was attended by all project partners who gathered to agree upon first steps to be made towards projects’ successful implementation. Partners’ have already reached a common understanding on the analysis of the existing protocols, procedures and equipment for fire-protection interventions. Each partner will address their national, regional or local institution to collect all available data and provide feedback for the delivery of the first report. The latter represents the basis for the NAMIRG guidelines providing concrete information on how the group will be formed, governed and how will it act. It is understood as a tool on the disposal of the three countries in case of fire incidents in the sea.
The selected staff coming from the three countries will be trained by selected experts: a Fincantieri representative on fire protection aspects, Finnish experts and some experts form other European MIRG groups. The final stage of the training will consist in the exercise at open sea, with the entire group in action.