The FASTER project (EU Horizon 2020) aims to establish a new approach for disaster response in order to improve Europe’s overall disaster resilience. This will be accomplished by the targeted employment and synergistic deployment of a set of appropriate and complementary technologies. Immediate response is the second phase of the disaster management cycle and is a very important aspect for dealing effectively with disasters. Consequently, FASTER will improve the disaster response and monitoring capabilities by providing first responders with a suite of core and supplementary tools to augment their situational awareness and, as a result, improve their safety as well as enhance their operational capacity. The focus of disaster response is mitigating the impact of the disaster and ensuring the safety of those in immediate risk. However, as this takes place during the emergency, it also includes the safety of first responders who provide the means and resources for effective disaster mitigation and protection of life. Their in-field effectiveness is critical to mitigation and ensuring a short and smooth recovery phase.
|Dr. Harris V. Georgiou, Hellenic Rescue Team of Attica (HRTA), Greece.
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