19/05/2015. Taking advantage of the generous invitation done by the Hellenic Fire Corps, Regional Fire Administration of Western Greece to the one-week long wildfire exercise and international workshopthat took place past May, organised in cooperation with the Prefecture of Ileia and Municipality of Ancient Olympia, the WUIWATCH project coordinator presented the scope and objectives. Besides, an official invitation to the attending international entities (from France, Portugal, Norway, Italy and Cyprus) and the local and national authorities in Greece was offered to join WUIWATCH network. Participants enriched greatly our experience and a brief document with the conclusions was written.
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12/05/2015. As part of the experiments within <a class = "resaltado">wuiwatch</a> project, a set of field essays on vulnerability were performed by our partner ADAI-CEIF in the experimental burns GESTOSA 2015 that took place in Portugal past May instant. The ADAI-CEIF team designed and performed an instrumented experiment with real fire to test material durability and ability to contain heat transfer when exposed to flame radiation and flame contact. The experiment was recorded in HR photos and using visual and IR video cameras.
23/04/2015. In the frame of the Experts EC-ECHO Interchange Programme, a team of three experts from Portugal and Spain attended a very interesting and intense workshop and field trip to the large fire of Västmanland in Sweden. Interaction with several national and local authorities took place, as well as with universities and private firms. wuiwatch project scope and objectives was introduced to the teams and an official invitation to join wuiwatch network was offered. Ramnas, Sweden.
26/03/2015. The wuiwatch project was presented past March to the Forest Fire Department of the Ministry of Agriculture and Environment of Spain. Heads of the ADCIF and technical staff interacted with wuiwatch team who explained the scope, objectives and importance of this initiative in Spain and Europe. Future contributions and participation of the ADCIF in the wuiwatch was profiled. The Department was officially invited to the wuiwatch network.
12/03/2015. A first meeting was performed past March to present WUIWATCH project to the Spanish Civil Protection Authorities. The Directorate General of Civil Protection and Emergencies (DGPCyE), Ministry of Interior, will actively participate in the workshops and interchange of knowledge. The DGPCyE will contribute with their experience and protocols used in Spain in the events of forest fires affecting houses and communities. National Authority of Civil Protection Directorate General (DGPCyE) Ministry of Interior, Madrid, Spain.
10/02/2015. Past February a brief lecture on wuiwatch project was performed in this internal meeting as result of the official invitation by the Ministry of Justice of Spain. wuiwatch project was presented as an example of using and re-using open data for the capitalization of experience in Civil Protection for the Administrations in Europe, particularly the database of fire events affecting WUI areas.
30/07/2015. A workshop was organised by the Regional Government of Balearic Islands aimed at gathering regional local Authorities, protection bodies and stakeholders and present facts and discuss over the main issues regarding risk in inhabited fire-prone areas in Balearic Islands. WUIWATCH project coordinator was invited by organizers to present and explain the main factors regarding risk and current initiatives for fire prevention affecting communities.
20/01/2015. wuiwatch project celebrated the official Kick-Off Meeting together with other funded projects in the premises of the EC ECHO in Brussels the past 20th of January 2015. Project coordinator David Caballero and a representative from Pau Costa Foundation attended the meeting, networked with other projects and interacted with project's desk officers. EC ECHO offered us the opportunity of visiting the Emergency Response Coordination Centre (ERCC) and know something more in detail the mechanisms and tools for humaniarian and emergency response.