Improving the coordination of the Emergency Medical System for an effective response to security threats

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NO FEAR press release


Trilateral Research

Date: 19 October 2018

EU Funded NO-FEAR project works towards bringing together a network of emergency medical care practitioners, suppliers, decision and policy makers so as to enhance the response to security-related incidents.

Emergency medical care plays a critical role in assisting casualties after security incidents. The NO-FEAR project partners include practitioners who were directly involved in the recent terrorist incidents in Paris, Nice, Berlin, Madrid, Barcelona and outside of Europe. Based on their experiences, the consortium will develop a structured and comprehensive approach to better prepare and respond to challenges of this sort.

The response to security-related incidents highlights the complex chain of actors involved including the population, emergency medical services, volunteers, and hospitals who work in cooperation with fire services, police and authorities.

The fragmentation that currently exists between actors in this chain can reduce the effectiveness of the response to an incident. Additionally, recent events highlight how these actors are required to have the skills, knowledge and training to be prepared to respond to new threats such as mass casualty events, terrorism, armed conflicts, new weapons (e.g., dirty bombs) and new infectious diseases. While suppliers and academia can provide solutions, tools, and research to meet practitioners’ healthcare needs, there is currently a lack of communication between these actors.

These are but some of the challenges that NO-FEAR, the EU funded project launched in June 2018 will address over the next five years.

Launch of NO-FEAR project

Members of the NO-FEAR network will have the opportunity to work together and collaborate to develop a common understanding of the innovation potential that fills operational gaps and pinpoint areas for future research. This multi-disciplinary, multi-national, and multi-sectoral collaboration will be supported by virtual tools, including the NO-FEAR platform and networking events (e.g., workshops, demonstrations, exercises). The project’s next event, a foresight exercise to frame the project vision and activities, will take place in Nice in November 2018.

Prof. Francesco Della Corte from CRIMEDIM, Research Center in Emergency and Disaster Medicine at the Università del Piemonte Orientale (UPO), the NO-FEAR Coordinator commented that

EMS professionals find themselves dealing more and more often with new threats and unknown emergency situations: terrorism, armed conflicts, new weapons, dirty bombs or new infective pathologies impacting our health systems.In this complex and continuously evolving scenario, many serious questions arise: are we ready to cope with such scenarios? How prepared are we? How can we better prepare to face the unknown? NO-FEAR aims to find an effective way to make sure EMS professionals are able to react, be prepared to use new technologies in a way that can help us protect people and always be up-to-date and ready to adapt to a rapidly evolving world.”

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The partners in the NO-FEAR consortium are:

  • CRIMEDIM, Research Center in Emergency and Disaster Medicine, Università del Piemonte Orientale(UPO), Italy
  • Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (UCSC), Italy
  • Ministry of Internal Affairs through Department for Emergency Situations (DSU), Romania
  • SAMUR-Civil Protection, Spain
  • Research Group on Emergency and Disaster Medicine of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (ReGEDiM Brussels), Belgium
  • Norwegian Red Cross (NorCross), Norway
  • University Innsbruck (UIBK), Austria
  • Magen David Adom (MDA), Israel
  • Assistance Publique-Hôpitaux de Paris (AP-HP), France
  • Paris Fire Brigade (PFB), France
  • Health Service Executive (HSE) – South / South West Hospital Group (S/SWHG), joint partner with the Irish Center for Emergency Management (ICEM), Ireland
  • Irish Center for Emergency Management (ICEM), joint partner with the Health Service Executive, Ireland
  • NEN, The Netherlands
  • Nice-Sophia Antipolis University (UNS), France
  • Centre for Security and Society (CSS), University of Freiburg, Germany
  • TFC Research and Innovation Limited, Ireland
  • Rinicom, UK
  • PerSys Medical Group, WaisMed, Israel
  • Trilateral Research (TRI), UK


For more information feel free to contact our team.

The NO-FEAR project –Network Of Practitioners For Emergency Medical Systems And Critical Care– has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 786670.


Disclaimer: This text and its contents reflect only NO-FEAR’s view. The European Commission is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information it contains.


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