Research, Development and Innovation
Research, Development and Innovation Unit of ESC is responsible for the coordination of research activities within Rescue Services in Finland. ESC RDI brings a strong and structured end-user view to projects, assisting in the domain analysis and supporting project activities by facilitating the dialogue between end-users, academia and industry.
Main research areas include:
- accident prevention, risk management and emergency preparedness
- process improvement of rescue services
- development of methods of rescues services
- practical field tests: product tests, demonstrations, experiments and fire tests.
Aim of RDI activities is to develop rescue services by producing input that can be used in enhancing practices, education and training and decision support.
ESC has a long history in several national projects concerning education and training aspects of emergency and rescue forces, with relevance to situational awareness and public safety ICT.
Additionally, ESC contributes to several European research and development projects, such as:
- AIRBEAM – Airborne Information for Emergency Situation Awareness and Monitoring
- PEP – Public Empowerment Policies for Crisis Management
- CRISMA – Modelling Crisis Management for Improved Action and Preparedness
- ISAR+ – Online and Mobile Communications for Crisis Response and Search and Rescue
- SALUS – Security and Interoperability in Next Generation PPDR Communication Infrastructures
- SOTERIA – Online and Mobile Communications for Emergencies
- SNOWBALL – Lower the Impact of Aggravating Factors in Crisis Situations Thanks to Adaptative Foresight and Decision-support Tools
Interests in H2020
Regarding Horizon 2020 Work Program 2016–2017 our special interests lie in following topics (14. Secure societies – Protecting freedom and security of Europe and its citizens):
- CIP-01-2016-2017: Prevention, detection, response and mitigation of the combination of physical and cyber threats to the critical infrastructure of Europe
- SEC-01-DRS-2016: Integrated tools for response planning and scenario building
- SEC-02-DRS-2016: Situational awareness systems to support civil protection preparation and operational decision making
- SEC-04-DRS-2017: Broadband communication systems
- SEC-21–GM-2016-2017: Pan European Networks of practitioners and other actors in the field of security
- DS-02-2016: Cyber Security for SMEs, local public administration and Individuals.
ESC has 40 hectare wide training ground with over 100 training and testing facilities, including various fire simulators, hazmat field, meteorological station and sensor networks. ESC is equipped with 70 fire engines, movable command and control centres, ambulances and other vehicles. In addition ESC has other simulating and testing environments e.g. real and simulated TETRA radio networks, Emergency Response Centre simulator and paramedic simulators.
The ESC has a long history in co-operation with the experts on the domain, including the teachers and students.
Director of Research
Dr Esa Kokki
+358 295 453 409
Emergency Services College
P.O. Box 1122 (Hulkontie 83)