Prepared for Major Disasters
25 Aug 2011
Research and development projects concerning emergency services are urgently needed, and the EU has met this challenge by financing BRIDGE (Bridging resources and agencies in large-scale emergency management). In the course of four years, € 18 million (MNOK 140) will be put into improving our ability to save lives and property when catastrophes occur.
BRIDGE aims to develop technology for improving communication and coordinated actions so that emergency leaders and agencies (police, fire and health services) will be better able to save lives and limit the extent of damage by means of the appropriate tools and equipment. The project will look in particular at how cooperation among different agencies and organisations can be made more efficient at national and transnational level.
BRIDGE will also examine how we can obtain and use information as disasters develop, in order to give us a better joint understanding of the situation and thus enable us to make better decisions more rapidly.