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ResQU2 Project Platform Increasing Emergency Preparedness
​MIRG Team (Maritime Incident Rescue Group) heading to the distressed vessel with the Estonian Police and Border Guard helicopter in an international rescue exercise.
Background

Currently, the risk of a major incident at sea or port areas exists due to frequent maritime transportation on the busy European fairways, especially when dangerous substances are involved. A need to improve and exchange the knowledge on maritime incident response and search and rescue operations exists. As major incidents usually demand transnational cooperation and coordinations due to the size and potential impact, also the need for know-how and capacity to jointly operate in an efficient and safe manner is evident. Experience gained shows that executing of an international rescue operation requires transnational exchange of knowledfe, common guidelines, and frequent exercising. Studies and the outcome of the projects involved reveal that common guidelines and operational procedures related to maritime and port rescue operations in Europe need to be further developed.

ResQU2 goals

The ResQU2 objective is to enhance the durability of learning experiences gained in ChemSAR, HAZARD, DiveSMART Baltic and MIRG-Ex projects on guidelines, operational plans and procedures and exercises related to incidents at sea and in ports. he aim is to disseminate the learning experiences to other interested rescue operators in different areas, and to professionals and decision makers on local, regional, transnational, and EU level. As the nature of incidents at the Baltic Sea often concern several countries and their rescue services and authorities, it is of utmost importance to plan and practice the procedures in advance in a transnational context. The Platform as such complements the currently existing transnational cooperation in its field by disseminating its expertise gained on handling maritime incidents and insight for executing large scale international exercises.

Platform results

The main results of the ResQU2 will be increased emergency preparedness, and enhanced knowledge and capacity of rescue authorities, actors and decision makers as well as stronger transnational and international cooperation. In practice: more safe and efficient rescue operations and more lives saved at our seas.

Partners

ResQU2 consortium comprises ten partners from eight countries: Estonia, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Sweden, and The Netherlands. These partners are in a key role in their respective projects and they represent three Interreg BSR Flagship projects, ChemSAR, HAZARD, and DiveSMART Baltic, and one project funded by DG ECHO, the MIRG-Ex project.
University of Turku as Lead partner, representing two projects with two units involved:
Centre for Maritime Studies at the Brahea Centre, ChemSAR, FI
Turku School of Economics, HAZARD, FI
Swedish Coast Guard, DiveSMART Baltic, SE
Estonian Police and Border Guard Board, ChemSAR, FI
Finnish Border Guard, ChemSAR, FI
Hamburg Fire and Rescue Service, HAZARD, FI
Southwest Finland Emergency Services, HAZARD, FI
Safety Region Zeeland, MIRG-Ex, NL
Latvian Maritime Academy, LV
Duration

The planned duration of the ResQU2 Project Platform is two years, from October 2018 until end of September 2020.

Contact
Kirsi Laitio
Tel. +358 (0)40 7799 483
kirsi.laitio@utu.fi



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