Eager to develop the international dimension of its projects, the National Crisis Center (NCCN) is involved in several international projects. These projects allow the NCCN to develop and expand its expertise in a variety of fields and to learn from the perspectives of various European and international partners, while contributing to the development of best practices in crisis management and emergency planning at the international level.
International projects currently underway or recently completed are Bullseye, RiskPACC, Marhetak and Shotpros.
The Bullseye project aims to improve the knowledge and response capabilities of first responders in the event of an attack using biological or chemical agents. Funded by the European Union and coordinated by the National Crisis Center, the project is composed of a consortium of 8 partners from 5 European Member States. They are working on the harmonisation of CBRNe procedures and on exercises to apply and evaluate these procedures, as well as on better training for explosive detection dogs through the development and extension of their training centers.
More info: https://www.bullseyeproject.eu/
RiskPACC is a European research project on risk perception and increasing citizens' disaster resilience. This project finds its origin in the observation that there is a gap between the risk perception of citizens and that of civil protection authorities on the one hand, and between the risk perception of citizens and their responses to these risks on the other hand. RiskPACC seeks to close this gap, using a co-creation approach that aims to facilitate interactions between citizens and civil protection authorities, thus identifying their respective needs and developing a repository of international best practices and potential technological solutions. The RiskPACC project was launched in September 2022 and is funded by the European Union. It brings together 20 partners, of which the NCCN is one of the seven case study partners, focusing on its educational package BE-Ready.
More info: https://www.riskpacc.eu/
Marhetak is an EU-funded project, via Interreg Euregio Meuse-Rhine, by the three countries of the Euregio Meuse-Rhine (EMR) that seeks to strengthen the collaboration between emergency services in this region in case of crisis. The project was launched in 2022, following the evaluation of crisis management of the 2021 floods, which affected all three countries. The National Crisis Center is strongly involved in this project and will contribute to it, in particular by developing a common crisis management tool for all stakeholders of the EMR. Thanks to Marhetak, the National Crisis Centre was able to further strengthen its collaborative relationships with cross-border partners, including Veiligheidsregio Zuid-Limburg, EMRIC, Wallonia and Waterschap Limburg.
More info: https://marhetak.info/
The Shotpros project, funded by the European Union, started in 2019 and ended on September 13th 2022. This project resulted in the development of a virtual reality training tool and curriculum to better train police officers to make the right decisions and take the right actions when faced with a stressful and risky operational situation. 13 partners were involved, including Belgium as represented by the NCCN. The Belgian Minister of the Interior, Annelies Verlinden, attended the closing conference of the project and had the opportunity to test the tool, whose performance she warmly welcomed.
More info: https://shotpros.eu/