Will increase EU overall resilience and effectiveness in cross-border disasters with multiple victims by enhancing transnational and cross-sectorial trust among different players and in their interaction with data-driven technologies.
The integration of the harmonized solutions will constitute the SIGRUN platform, providing advanced communications, information sharing and tactical C&C services for the first-aid responders.
Four use cases will be developed on cross-frontier and cross-sectorial BLOS (Beyond Line of Sight) scenarios, where the usual communications infrastructure could have been damaged, and emergency response teams are deployed without an accurate view of the operation environment.
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The emergency medical system has a unique role when deployed as first aid response on disaster situations, where Multi-Casualty Incidents (MCI) tend to reveal resource insufficiency (rescue personnel, healthcare providers, facilities, etc.), significant breakdowns in the local health care facilities usually damaged or destroyed, malfunctioning communication infrastructure and the jeopardized ability to deliver additional resources. In order to address these situations and related ones, the different EU emergency teams have been quick to adopt the latest technological advances, such as digitalization, new generation communication networks, drones, etc., which have led to new opportunities for procedural and collaborative improvements. However, given the rapid proliferation of new related opportunities, their implementation often significantly precedes their standardization, leading to different intersecting practices. This reduced cross-border collaboration opportunities and difficult to define, schedule and enforce joint lines of industrial and research development able to bring common disruptive solutions to the EU response teams.
The challenge of this project is to analyse these gaps for then designing key pre-standardization and harmonization actions to be implemented in a reference integration platform and demonstrated in four different cross-border and cross-sectorial scenarios.
The consortium is coordinated by Indra Sistemas S.A. and brings together 17 partners from 8 EU countries.
Title: Harmonization and Pre-Standardization of Equipment, Training and Tactical Coordinated procedures for First Aid Vehicles deployment on European multi-victim Disasters
Type of action: Innovation Action
Topic: SU-DRS03-2018-2019-2020 Grant number: 101020676
Total Cost: € 6 895 326,25
EC Contribution: € 5 995 757,50
Start Date: 01/10/2021
End Date: 30/09/2023
Duration: 24 months
Project Web Site: https://www.valkyries-h2020.eu/
Key Words: Emergencies, Multi-victim disasters, Cross-border, Cross-sectorial, Reference Integration, Harmonization
Coordinator: Indra Sistemas SA
During the last months, the demonstration cases planned in the Valkyries project have been carried out, a great deployment of resources that has been a great challenge and where the tools developed by the Valkyries project have been tested with great success.
The 4th of May 2023 the first demonstration took place. A simulated thunderstorm that would cause several fires outbreaks and would trigger the response of first responders.
Around 400 personnel from various emergency services participated, including SUMMA112, UME, SES, HESE, Portuguese Civil Protection, Red Cross Extremadura, DYA Extremadura, Civil Protection Extremadura, Extremadura Firefighters, and 112 Extremadura. The exercise tested the interoperability of consortium technology tools via Sigrun, facilitating cross-border coordination and real-time monitoring, ensuring effective decision-making. The drill achieved 100% victim traceability, showcasing Valkyries' solutions.
The 14th de June 2023, the city of Stupava hosted the Use Case 3, an earthquake drill at the Bulgarian-Greek border. More than 130 participants were part of the exercise.
This demonstration involved the participation of members of the Bulgarian Fire Service, the Bulgarian Military Medical Academy, cadets from the Bulgarian National Defense University, local authorities in Sandanski, the Bulgarian Police, the Hellenic Rescue Team, the Helenic Fire Service, the Hellenic Emergency Medical Service and the Bulgarian Police Academy (firefighters).
The drill would start with the National institute of geophysics, geodesy and geography of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences reporting data for an earthquake, with magnitude of 6.9 on the Richter scale, to the National Operating Centre of the General Directorate of Fire Safety and Civil Protectiona. During this exercise, emergency services had to deal with the devastating effects of the simulated earthquake, testing their ability to locate and triage the victims.
Use case 4 took place the 27th of September 2023 in Norway and it was probably the most challenging use case, as the actions happened on the sea. More than 500 personnel and three countries, Norway, Denmark and Sweden worked together in a sea rescue and spill recovery operation.
This demonstration involved the participation of members of different rescue services from Norway, Denmark and Sweden, as well as members of the USN and the Norwegian RS. The drill was well attended by international observers from Colombia, Ghana, Uganda and Lebanon.
The exercise started with a passenger ship hitting an oil container, triggering a rescue operation. A drone began the search for victims of the accident and reported its location to the emergency services. With this information, a boat was deployed to rescue the victims. At the same time, a number of ships would be sent to clean up the oil on the surface of the sea.
The 5th plenary meeting of the VALKYRIES project, hosted by AREU Lombardia IR&TeC, took place on May 22nd/ 23rd 2023 in Milan.
During the event, the project status, objectives, deliverables and KPIs were reviewed. The iProcureSecurity PCP project and the H2020 RESCUER project, two of the liaison projects, joined the meeting to share their progress.
RESCUER included its latest pilot results that were carried out. The meeting continued with progress reports on different work packages. Use cases were presented, such as the fire incident between Spain and Portugal in May and the upcoming earthquake, explosion and rescue exercises in Bulgaria-Greece, Italy-Slovakia and Norway-Netherlands-Denmark.
Indra (IND) organized on September 19th of 2023 the scheduled workshops for M24. The 3rd VALKYRIES WS, 3rd Demonstration WS, 4th Legal/ethical WS and 4th Standardization WS, that correspond the last Workshop of the Project. The aim of these WSs was to present the outcomes of the project to stakeholders, making possible to better assess the impact in the invited communities and receive feedback about the planned final and post-project exploitation actions. One of the highlights of the workshop was the presentation of the results and lessons learned from the use cases developed for UC1, UC2 and UC3, in which the different tools developed during the project were tested.
Indra (IND) organized on September 19th of 2023 the scheduled workshops for M24. The 3rd VALKYRIES WS, 3rd Demonstration WS, 4th Legal/ethical WS and 4th Standardization WS, that correspond the last Workshop of the Project. The aim of these WSs was to present the outcomes of the project to stakeholders, making possible to better assess the impact in the invited communities and receive feedback about the planned final and post-project exploitation actions. One of the highlights of the workshop was the presentation of the results and lessons learned from the use cases developed for UC1, UC2 and UC3, in which the different tools developed during the project were tested. .
From May 29 to 31, the 2023 edition of the RISE-SD Research and Innovation Symposium for European SECURITY and Defense took place in the city of Rhodos, Greece. The “Research and Innovation Symposium for European SECURITY and Defense” is an international EU Research and Innovation event in the field of Disaster and Crisis Management, Critical Infrastructure Protection, Fight Crime and Terrorism, Cybersecurity, Border Security and Defence Research.
From the 28th to the 31st of May 2023, the 25th Congress of the Balkan Military took place in the resort town of Albena. Under the title: "Contribution of the Valkyries project to joint military-civil tactical coordinated procedures for First Aid in cross-border multi-victim disasters" Valkyries project was presented to the audience.
From June 18th to 20th, 2023, the city of Rotterdam hosted the World Maritime Rescue Congress 2023. During the event, the Valkyries project had the opportunity to present a description of the project on a poster.
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