FIRESHIELD / Developing cross-border joint fire-protection plan “FIRESHIELD”

Project title: Developing cross-border joint fire-protection plan “FIRESHIELD”
Priority axis: 2. Enhancement of the environmental resources and cultural heritage of the programme area
Measure: 2.1 Promote and protect the environmental resources of the area
Overall Lead Partner &
Financial Lead Partner 1:
Center for development of Pelagonija region
Financial Lead Partner 2: Development Agency of Florina S.A.
Partners: Municipality of Bitola, Municipality of Prilep, Region of Western Macedonia
Budget: 466.517,00 €

The border area in regions of Pelagonija and Florina, is extremely rich in forests, mountains, grasslands, biodiversity and other natural resources. The main environmental risks that both regions share are massive mountain fires. The primary goal of the project is to develop a joint cross border fire protection plan and to reinforce the capacity of the regional fire departments.

A joint fire protection plan will enable fire departments in both regions to act more efficiently on two levels: fire protection and fire extinguishing. The plan will be signed by the regional authorities and will focus on technical requirements and cooperation on technical level needed for fire protection. Target groups involve fire brigades in regions, 21 municipalities in both countries and regional agencies related to protection and rescuing. From the implementation of FIRESHIELD a total number of almost 300.000 people will benefit.

Capacity building for the fire departments in both regions is also foreseen. This involves provision of technical resources, upgrading of the brigadiers IT skills, establishing volunteer motorbike team, sharing of satellite monitoring photos and experience sharing. Finally, increasing public awareness is crucial. FIRESHIELD works to this direction in two ways; informing the public about general rules for forest protection and encouraging fire brigades to work in closer relation with people. 

Project details:
Call No: F1
Protocol No: 4278
Signature date of the Overall Contract:
Signature date of the Grant Contract: 30/03/2012
Signature date of the subsidy contract:
Subsidy Code: P008-2012
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