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First responder Advanced technologies for Safe and efficienT Emergency Response

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Emergency responders’ disaster preparedness

During natural catastrophes, technological (man-made) disasters or terrorist attacks, first responders – police, bomb squads, firefighters, anti-terrorism units and emergency medical workers – play a crucial role. Their effectiveness is dependent on a range of factors. The EU-funded FASTER project will examine the impact and the role first responders can have in cases of disasters. It will take into consideration the entire lifecycle of emergency preparedness and response, including the planning, logistical support, maintenance and diagnostics, training and management. The ultimate aim of the project is to further the European Union’s ability to respond to emergencies.


The term first responders usually refers to law enforcement, fire, and emergency medical personnel. These responders, however, are not the only assets that may be required in the aftermath of a strike on the homeland. In contrast, the more appropriate term, emergency responders, comprises all personnel within a community that might be needed in the event of a natural or technological (man-made) disaster or terrorist incident. These responders might include hazardous materials response teams, urban search and rescue assets, community emergency response teams, anti-terrorism units, special weapons and tactics teams, bomb squads, emergency management officials, municipal agencies, and private organizations responsible for transportation, communications, medical services, public health, disaster assistance, public works, and construction. In addition, professional responders and volunteers, private nonprofit, nongovernmental groups (NGOs), such as the Red Cross, can also play an important role in emergency response. As a result, the tasks that a national emergency response system would be required to perform are more complex than simply aiding victims at the scene of a disaster, carried out by several kinds of professional users with different roles and expertise. Moreover, emergency preparedness and response lifecycle is a complex process that consists of the preparation, response, and recovery from a disaster, including planning, logistical support, maintenance and diagnostics, training, and management as well as supporting the actual activities at a disaster site and post-recovery after the incident.

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Net EU contribution
€ 725 000,00
57001 Thermi Thessaloniki

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Βόρεια Ελλάδα Κεντρική Μακεδονία Θεσσαλονίκη
Activity type
Research Organisations
Total cost
€ 725 000,00

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