Presenting AFAN: a European network on fire analysis
The project’s first webinar took place on the 23th of February of 2021 with the main objective of presenting the AFAN network to the stakeholder groups interested in fire analysis and engage participants to provide feedback on how to best develop a platform that serves the needs of the European fire community. Dr. Núria Prat (PCF), project’s coordinator, opened the session presenting the objectives, the opportunities to interact with each other during the project, the key outcomes that will be provided to the network and the impact expected from the AFAN network based on trust and cooperation.
After this introduction, Mr. Edgar Nebot (CFRS) explained the proposal to be developed in the next months of the project to harmonise the existing fire analysis knowledge across Europe to better address new complex wildfire scenarios. These challenging wildfires are characterised by the limitations on the fire suppression capacity and the experience to face them, and their unpredictability. Some examples of these new wildfires area Chile 2017, Portugal 2017, Greece 2018 or California/Australia 2020/2021.
Fire analysis is a discipline, a science, an art that requires a lot of knowledge to be implemented, and the AFAN network will collect all these European knowledge that is currently used to analyse fires in each country.
Mr. Marc Castellnou (CFRS) illustrated how the Catalan Fire and Rescue Service integrates fire analysis for the Vallirana Fire, a WUI fire near the city of Barcelona. Through, this example, Marc highlights the importance of a common fire analysis framework that harmonises different understandings of the traditional Fire and Rescue Service doctrines across Europe.
Mr. Wilfried Stefic (ENSOSP) presented the two first products that will be developed in the frame of the project: an online map and a database summarising the current fire analysis expertise and knowledge across Europe.
Finally, Mr. Juan Caamaño (PCF) proposed some questions to the participants about the structure of network that is starting to be build up, who is expected to be part of it and what are the products and services that the AFAN network is going to develop for the participants.
In total, 70 participants from 18 countries (Spain, France, Poland, UK, The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Portugal, Italy, Macedonia, Croatia, Denmark, Bulagaria, Greece, Norway, Cyprus, Montenegro, Sweden) attended the webinar.