Virtual workshop - topics

The International workshop will address several topics, including but not limited to the analysis of current procedures of fire services for incidents with hydrogen in underground systems. In this context, the following questions will be included into discussion, to gain consistent understanding of possibilities and limitations of intervention:

  • What are the specific conditions for intervention in underground transportation systems?
  • How do first responder get all relevant information needed?
  • What are the possible actions taken by fire-fighters?
  • Why is ventilation a very important factor?
  • Who is responsible for which measures of response?
  • What behavior by persons involved must be taken into consideration?
  • Which issues need further research?

The possible tactics and techniques for intervention will be presented and discussed, e.g. the benefits and risks of ventilation in tunnels, car parks, etc.

The focus will be on how the outcomes of HyTunnel-CS research can aid the development and optimization of the fire services intervention strategies, tactics, procedures, technical equipment, training, etc.

Workshop goals

Day 1 - knowledge transfer

  • Overview of projects HyTunnel-CS and HyResponder
  • Share knowledge on interventions in underground transport systems in general

Day 2 - tactic sessions

  • Interactive discussion of appropriate tactics for response to Hy-incidents in tunnels and similar confined spaces
  • Exchange of views on education and training for Hy-Response in tunnels and similar confined spaces
  • Identify questions that need further scientific clarification
  • Synchronization with partner activities

Workshop funding

This project has received funding from the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen 2 Joint Undertaking (JU) under grant agreement No 826193.

The JU receives support from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme and United Kingdom, Germany, Greece, Denmark, Spain, Italy, Netherlands, Belgium, France, Norway, Switzerland.

We are therefore pleased to inform you that participation in the virtual workshop is free of charge.

Preliminary agenda

All times are GMT (Greenwich Mean Time, London).

Day 1 - knowledge transfer

13:00Welcome to the workshop
Goals, procedures and organization of the workshop; rules for video conference
Urs Kummer, IFA
13:15HyTunnel-CS project
– Introduction to FCH 2 JU HyTunnel-CS project
– Pre-normative research contribution to hydrogen accident response
D. Makarov, UU
Project partner
14:30Underground transport systems and confined spaces: infrastructure
Presentations and discussion: types of design and ventilation systems; varieties and dimensions
Urs Kummer, IFA
15:20Underground transport systems and confined spaces: hazards
Presentation and discussion: extremely large fire compartments > long emergency routes > great depth of penetration; smoke, heat, structural collapse; hazard of explosion
C. Brauner, IFA
15:45Underground transport systems and confined spaces: tactics
Presentation and discussion: extinguish to rescue and the two-sided attack; reconnaissance – firefighting – search and rescue; tactical ventilation.
C. Pessel, IFA
16:15Framework for education
Different countries, different tasks, different expectations on curricula, intensity and time budgets for education and training
C. Brauner, IFA
17:00Vehicle Identification Numbers (VIN)
Presentation and discussion: to respond you need to know what you are dealing with. The VIN could tell you all you need to know.
T. Van Esbroek, SPFI
17:30HyResponder project
– Overview and current status of FCH 2 JU HyResponder project
– Virtual reality for training
– HyResponder remote events
S. Brennan, UU
L. Lecomte, ENSOSP
E. Maranne, CRISE
18:30Final discussion and closure of Day 1    D. Makarov, UU

Day 2 - tactic sessions

09:30Introduction: rules for tabletop exercisesC. Brauner, IFA
C. Pessel, IFA
09:45Tunnel scenarios
One tube, single tube, different types of ventilation
C. Brauner, IFA
C. Pessel, IFA
11:45Car park scenarios
Single car garage; parking garage, underground parking garage
C. Brauner, IFA
C. Pessel, IFA
13:00Example for a political recommendation for law makers and regulatory authoritiesG. Schöpf, LFT
13:35Concluding discussion
Define consent and dissent as well as questions to be answered
C. Brauner, IFA
14:00HyTunnel-CS project next steps
Recommendations to assist intervention strategies and tactics
D. Makarov, UU

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