The term First Responders (FR) usually refers to law enforcement, fire, and emergency medical personnel. These FRs might also include hazardous materials response teams, urban search and rescue (USAR) assets, community groups, anti-terrorism units, special weapons and tactics teams (SWAT), bomb squads, municipal agencies, public health services, private organizations, volunteers, private non-profit, non-governmental groups (NGOs), etc. 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. FASTER is part of the initiative “H2020-EU.3.7.5: Increase Europe’s resilience to crises and disasters” and specifically the topic “SU-DRS02-2018-2019-2020: Technologies for first responders” (H2020-SU-SEC-2018). It is a Research and Innovation Action (RIA) with a duration of 36 months, starting from May 2019.
Consortium: Center for Research & Technology Hellas – CERTH (Greece), Engineering Ingegneria Informatica SPA – ENG (Italy), Hellenic Telecommunications Organization S.A. – OTE (Greece), DIGINEXT (France), Crisisplan B.V. – CPLAN (Netherlands), Drone Hopper SL (Spain), Robotnik Automation SLL (Spain), Synelixis (Greece), Instituto de Novas Tecnologias – INOV (Portugal), FONDAZIONE LINKS (Italy), Kpeople Research Foundation – KPRF (Malta), Kajaanin AMMATTIKORKEAKOULU OY – KAMK (Finland), VRIJE Universiteit Brussel – VUB (Belgium), University of West Attica – WUA (Greece), Ayuntamiento de Madrid – ADM-POL (Spain), Servicio Madrileno de Salud – SUMMA (Spain), École Nationale Supérieure des Officiers de Sapeurs-Pompiers – ENSOSP (France), Wyzsza Szkola Policji w Szczytnie – WSPOL (Poland), Kajaanin Kaupunki (Finland), Hellenic Rescue
Team of Attica – HRTA (Greece), Municipio de Grandola (Portugal), Consorzio per il Sistema Informativo – CSI PIEMONTE (Italy), Kwansei Gakuin Educational Foundation – KGU (Japan)