Challenges & Resources

The FIRE-IN Common Capability Challenges are based on the knowledge and experiences of more than 80 experts on emergency management.

Indeed, the topics related to fire and rescue have been split into 5 thematic fields (Search & Rescue Emergency Response, Structure Fires, Landscape Fires, Natural Hazards, CBRNe) and experts have been invited to create Thematic Working Groups.

During a process organized with several workshops involving practitioners from each TWG, needs for new technologies, methods and standards have been expressed. These needs have been gathered and consolidated, and finally reformulated into capability challenges that are common for the 5 TWGs.

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The Common Capability Challenges (CCC) are presented in the matrix below in a short version. By clicking on a cell of the matrix you will find a detailed description of the CCC and examples of solutions that are available or being developed.

The process is on-going, and at this stage, the FIRE-IN Team is engaging with the Associated Experts to further identify solutions that address already identified challenges or to further identify new challenges.

As Associated Expert, provider or researcher you can choose to click the 2 buttons:

  • Submit a solution: for identified challenges you are invited to introduce a new solution (not yet in the list already available) to a challenge and provide some details such as the principles of the solutions, who is the supplier, what are the performances…
  • Submit a challenge: you might also think about new challenges that you would like to propose for consideration by the FIREIN consortium, you are invited to click on this button.

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Available contents

The FIRE-IN Common Capability Challenges

High flow of effort in hostile environment

Low frequency, high impact

Multiagency / multileadership environment

High level of uncertainty

Incident Command Organization

Focus on sustainability of safe operations (TOP CHALLENGES)

Anticipate vulnerability, and communicate to the public (TOP CHALLENGE)

Distribute decision-making (TOP CHALLENGE)

Strategies choosing safe, resilient scenarios, and maintaining credibility


Pre-plan a time-efficient, safe response, minimizing responder’s engagement

Negotiate solutions with stakeholders for anticipated scenarios (TOP CHALLENGE)

Pre-plan interoperability and enhance synergies

Focus on governance and capacity building towards more resilient societies


Establish specific procedures and guides facilitating operativity

Standardize capabilities in front of pre-established scenarios (TOP CHALLENGE)

Establish an interagency framework

Build doctrine for resilience in emergency services and societies

Knowledge cycle

Train specific roles and risks

Organizational learning focusing efforts in key risks and opportunities (TOP CHALLENGE)

Build a shared understanding of emergency and train interagency scenarios (TOP CHALLENGE)

Focus on capacity building towards more resilient societies

Information management

Information cycle

Manage key information focused on decision-making

Define common information management processes between agencies

Provide an efficient, flexible flow of information for a shared understanding

Community involvement

Develop public self-protection to minimize responders exposures (TOP CHALLENGE)

Involve communities in preparing population for the worst scenario before it happens (TOP CHALLENGE)

Not identified at this stage

Cultural changes in risk tolerance and resilience


Use technology to assess risks and minimize responder’s engagement (TOP CHALLENGE)

Forecast and simulate complex scenarios

Technological tools to support data sharing

Get a clear picture of the risk evolution