Fondazione SAFE proudly participated in the eighth edition of the European Civil Protection Forum, held on 4-5 June at Tour & Taxis in Brussels, Belgium. This biennial event, organized by the Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO), is the key event for the Civil Protection community, bringing together over 1,500 stakeholders, including governments, first responders, EU institutions, the scientific community, and the private sector.

This year’s theme, “Shaping a disaster-resilient Union: charting a path for the future of European civil protection”, focused on addressing key policy and operational questions while generating networks and opportunities for collaboration in disaster risk management.

At the Civil Protection Village, Fondazione SAFE showcased a comprehensive range of our efforts in the civil protection domain. This included the innovative outcomes of the VERTIgO project, which leverages VR technology for enhanced training of CBRN operators, and the advancements of the rescEU-CBRN-DSIM-IT project, the latter presented jointly with key project partners from the National Firefighters Corps and the Veneto Civil Protection.

These projects underline SAFE’s pivotal role in advancing the training of specialized military and civilian first responders, and our commitment to designing and delivering cutting-edge training programs with the goal of improving prevention, preparedness and response capabilities.

The Forum provided an excellent platform for us to share ideas and foster synergies with other innovative initiatives deployed at EU and national level, as well as with other countries funded under the rescEU program, enhancing the potential for interoperability among various DG ECHO-funded capacities. SAFE’s presence underscored our commitment to developing advanced training solutions that bolster the effectiveness of emergency response teams across Europe.

We are proud of the opportunity to contribute to the dialogue on European civil protection and to highlight our ongoing efforts in advancing disaster resilience.