The European Center for Forest Fires
(ECFF) was inaugurated in Athens, Greece in 2003. It operates within the
framework of the EUR-OPA Major Hazards Agreement of the Council of Europe, ratified
by Law 2031/92. The General Secretariat for Civil Protection is responsible for
the hosting and operating of the ECFF.
scale forest fires have been associated with climate change and also correlated
to health impacts, especially for the vulnerable groups (e.g. the elderly,
pregnant women, children, people with disabilities);
of the forest fire emissions can support decision making for the early
evacuation of forest fire affected areas;
of population’s emergency response may be a shield against certain hazards.
MISSION AND OBJECTIVES
population awareness upon disaster risks, focusing on forest (vegetation) wildfires and health impacts of smoke exposure;
- Enhance preparedness, as well as the coping and
adaptive capacity of the communities exposed in order to reduce their
vulnerability to forest fires impacts, especially for the vulnerable groups;
preparation for evacuation.
ECFF FOCUSES ON:
assessment of smoke for the population due to forest (vegetation) fires, or other field fires
(health impacts on fire-fighters and civilians);
planning upon risks from forest fires or other correlated risks, focusing on vulnerable
art methods and cutting-edge technologies (e.g. field chemical analysis) as a
tool for early detection and monitoring of a hazardous environment, as well as
calculating exposure to chemicals.