PPRD South 3 and Impact for crisis management training

An international crisis management videoconference IMPACT, coordinated by the European project PPRD South 3, for the Middle East and North African countries, will be held at Université Côte d'Azur, from the IMREDD from 22 to 25 March 2021 for the French-speaking countries and from 17 to 20 May 2021 for the English-speaking ones.

Expertise France, mandated by the European Union for PPRD South 3, is organising a crisis management coordinated by CIVIPOL, an operator of the Directorate General for Civil Protection and Crisis Management (DGSCGC) for its Southern Mediterranean partner countries. The IMPACT module will be used as a support and will be given for the first time in international videoconference, from the Mediterranean Institute of Risk, Environment and and Sustainable Development (IMREDD) in Nice.This training course, supported by France, PPRD South 3 partner (along with Spain and Italy), will be inaugurated on Wednesday 24 March at 09:00 by Mr Charles-Ange GINESY, President of the of the Alpes-Maritimes Departmental Council and President of the Alpes-Maritimes Departmental Fire and Rescue Service Alpes-Maritimes, Controller General René DIES, Departmental Director of Fire and Rescue Services and rescue services, Mr. Pierre-Jean BARRE director of the IMREDD, General Gilles MALIÉ (2S), coordinator of the "operational response" component of PPRD South 3 and Lieutenant-Colonel Frédéric CASTAGNOLA, author of the IMPACT module.

World first, in response to the health context, this international crisis management videoconference management, programmed and financed by the European Union, will run the IMPACT module from the IMREDD on a specially equipped stage for the occasion: under the coordination of General Gilles MALIÉ, four experienced fire fighters in this type of mission will accompany the participants, fire brigade officers, civil protection officers and high-level executives from each country, meeting remotely in as many national crisis cells.The 4-days training session will involve 4 French-speaking countries from 22 to 25 March and 4 English-speaking countries from 17 to 20 May.

The disasters will be designed alternatively by one part of the countries and managed by the other part, all piloted from the IMREDD. The Alpes-Maritimes departmental fire and rescue service (SDIS) has been providing the IMPACT module since its creation, in particular for the benefit of municipalities in order to improve the implementation of local plans during major events.

The exercises designed and managed in real time were made possible thanks to the collaboration of teacher-researchers from the Université Côte d'Azur during the development of the steering tools. "If the videoconferencing cuts out the valuable face-to-face experience that enables us to provide personalised support to each participants in a personalised way, the evaluation of this distance learning is now made easier thanks to small automated individual questionnaires that we analyse as we go along", explains its designer, Frédéric CASTAGNOLA.

The activity 2.3.2 dedicated to the definition of procedures is organised by CIVIPOL, the operator of the training programme.by CIVIPOL, an operator of the Directorate General for Civil Security and Crisis Management (DGSCGC). The team of experts leading the operations is composed of General Gilles MALIÉ, Head of Mission, Lieutenant-Colonel Frédéric CASTAGNOLA Coordinator, author of the IMPACT module, and three moderators: Major Jean-Charles MEGIAS and Captains Sébastien JAHAN and Vincent Clément MANUEL.

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