More cooperation for more civil security

Tue 8, October 2019
16:30 - 19:00 CET

The cooperation of the rescue services is essential to protect citizens.

Cities and regions support firefighters and benefit from their protection. Indeed, Cities and Regions a are the main financiers of civil security: human capital, fire stations, equipment....

But they can now position themselves as supporters of civil security by providing more than financial support.
Legal and technological challenges exist, such as the possibility of organising cross-border rescue operations or of responding in a concerted and multiparty manner to a risk in a cross-border area.

In addition, new themes such as the increased risk of attacks, crowd movements during major events, cyber risk, fake news or the use of robots such as drones are changing the firefighter's profession.
The social impact of the profession is also undeniable: firefighters have a "public service" role in the idea that they are always there to help the population and offer a solution and a helping hand to people in social distress.

Cities and regions thus have a place to play as partners in these changes, facilitators of cooperation but also actors in their own security.

During this Worskhop, you will have the opportunity to discuss with representants of the following structures :

  • Firefighters of Moselle in France
  • Firefighters of Saarland
  • Firefighters of Luxembourg
  • Firefifgters of Wallonie
  • Specialists of risk management in Rheinland Pfalz

The SDIS57 is the lead partner in a cross-border project aimed at involving fire brigades from the Greater Region (Saarland, Rhineland Palatinate, Wallonia, Luxembourg, Grand Est).

The aim of the INTER'RED project is to identify risks, propose appropriate solutions, cooperate in training and network call centres for the 112 emergency number (18 in France)
The idea is to offer the best possible rescue service to the citizens of the Greater Region, going beyond the notion of borders.


Please note that the name of the speakers may change. Due to their implication in local security, they may be retained.

Emilie Schwartz, Conseillère Coopérations, Service Départemental d'Incendie et de Secours de la Moselle, France.
Tony Bender, Brandinspekteur, Freiwillige Feuerwehren Saarland, Germany.
Thomas Linnertz, President, l’Aufsichts- und Dienstleistungsdirektion (ADD) Trier., Germany.
Marian Ramakers, Project coordinator, EMRIC, Netherlands.
Elaine Schaefer, Chargée de projet, Sdis57, France.
Emilie Schwartz, Conseillère Coopérations, Service Départemental d'Incendie et de Secours de la Moselle, France.
Stéphane Thiry, Commandant de la Zone de Secours du Luxembourg belge, Zone de Secours du Luxembourg belge, Belgium.
François VALLIER, Director of SDIS57, Service Départemental d'Incendie et de Secours de la Moselle, France.
A Europe Closer to Citizen
Service Départemental d'Incendie et de Secours de la Moselle
Deutsch (DE), English (EN), Français (FR)
Hall 300.
Address: Mont des Arts, 1000 Brussels

Session summary

Summary of the session "more cooperation for more civil security"

After a presentation of the INTERREG - INTER'RED project. We were able to work on questions and answers on subjects that drive the problems of institutions organising civil security.

Volunteering and personnel management issues have monopolised a large part of the exchanges, with issues related to youth and the recruitment of young European citizens.


The exchanges took place around 4 themes:

- the availability,

- skills and training,

- the proximity,

- the means.


These four axes bring together the four major issues to provide emergency services in the best possible way for the citizens of the Greater Region.


Availability raises all the difficulties related to recruitment, vocations and working time with the new European decisions.

Skills and training raise all the issues related to cross-border exchanges for staff.

Proximity raises the difficulties of cross-border interventions and the limitations of legislation, regulations and conventions that exist today.

The means have made it possible to raise the possibility of pooling resources in the same area.

Take away message

We had several last-minute changes for stakeholders.

The organisation allowed us to present the session as well as possible.

The staff of the rooms were available and friendly.

We shortened the session by 30 minutes as requested by the interpreters and the facilitation team.

It was a pity that we did not have access to the room earlier on the same day (to prepare and settle in).


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