The Partners

University of Gloucestershire, UK
The University of Gloucestershire (UoG) is a diverse, vibrant community of 9,000 undergraduate students, 1,000 postgraduate students, 40,000 alumni and 1,000 staff from all across the world. With campuses in Cheltenham and Gloucester, the University offers its students a specialised and dynamic place to learn, grow and make lasting connections. UoG focuses on excellence in teaching, with a mission to enable its students to achieve their full potential through a rich and broad experience. UoG prides itself on building close relationships between students and staff, and on serving the wider community through promoting its economic, cultural and social well-being.
The project will be led by the Centre for Research in Applied Cognition, Knowledge, Learning and Emotion (CRACKLE) established in 2008 within the School of Natural and Social Sciences.

Østjyllands Brandvæsen, Denmark
Østjyllands Fire Department supplies emergency response services, fire prevention work and education to citizens, businesses and institutions, focusing on individual needs. The Fire Department deliver fire and rescue to more than 420,000 residents in Aarhus, Denmark’s second largest city.
Østjyllands Fire Department is a diverse workplace where different personalities, ethnicity, culture, competencies and educational backgrounds contribute to the development of the Fire Department.
Øsjyllands Fire department has 120 full-time employees, 150 part-time employees and 130 volunteers. Østjyllands Training Centre has 10 full time employees and a group of part-time instructors associated the training centre.

University College Copenhagen, Denmark
In 2014, the Metropolitan University College (now University College of Copenhagen) had 9,975 full-time students and 1,082 fulltime employees. Activities are located on the six addresses in Copenhagen City, Nørrebro, and Frederiksberg where employees, students and course participants create active and strong subject-related campus environments. The College wants to play an active role in forming society and in the ongoing renewal of the professions for which our study programmes train graduate, primarily by offering programmes of a high quality based on edge-cutting research & development (R&D) and best practice in the professions.

The Estonian Academy of Security Sciences, Estonia
In year 1992 The Estonian Academy of Security Sciences (therefore EASS) was established as a state institution under the Estonian Ministry of the Interior. EASS provides professional education for civil servants in different areas. Police and border guard, rescue, correction, plus taxation and customs studies are implemented on the levels of vocational training, professional higher education and Master’s studies. EASS is part of Erasmus+ exchange students program. It has more than 10 years experiences training first responders using virtual simulations. Several EASS instructors are trained by The European Civil Protection Training Program or FRONTEX or CEPOL networks. EASS co-operates with the Estonian Rescue Board and Police and Border Guard Board and other national and international organisations. For example, all Estonian Rescue unit leaders come once in 3 years to EASS to be trained and assessed using XVR Simulation and Effective Command tools.

The Institute for Public Security of Catalonia, Spain
The Institute for Public Security of Catalonia (ISPC) is the only public organisation in the region of Catalonia responsible for training, selection and research related to all professionals working in the field of public security. It is an autonomous unit within the Department of Interior of the government of Catalonia. The Institute functions as a comprehensive education centre, responsible for the provision of training for all actors within the field of security and safety (including police officers, fire-fighters, civil protection, etc.). It is also responsible for research, consultancy and evaluation in all areas concerning security and safety. The Institute aims at a transversal approach to security, for integration of the different actors and professionals in a common area of training and research. Within the Institute there are two Schools: the Police Academy – that trains the Catalan Police Mossos d’Esquadra and all the Municipal police forces (ca. 30.000 police officers) – and the School for Fire-fighters and Civil Protection each School has a Research Unit leads a variety of research groups and also takes part in European research projects.

PLOT, Belgium
PLOT is an educational and training partner related to the Government of the Province of Limburg, specialised in public safety. PLOT includes: the department ‘Police academy’; the department ‘Fire and Rescue Training Centre’ and the department ‘Paramedics Training School’.
As one of the fire and rescue training centres recognised by the Belgian federal government, the Fire and Rescue Training Centre organises education and training for Belgian Fire fighters. These activities include the basic as well as the continuing education and training. PLOT also provides important experiences aimed at educating and training the first intervention teams (=fire brigades) of private companies. As each department of PLOT, the fire academy intends to be an innovative organisation as an early-adaptor and is a customer-focused organisation.

Instituut Fysieke Veiligheid, Netherlands
IFV Brandweeracademie (Fire Service Academy) in Arnhem, Netherlands is a department of The Institute for Fysical Safety (IFV). IFV is the national organisation that supports the safety regions in The Netherlands in fire safety and in tasks within the field of crisis management and disaster.
The Fire Service Academy performs the legal IFV tasks in the field of fire service education and training. The academy takes care of the permanent professional competence of fire service employees and people employed in the field of crisis management and disaster relief. The Fire Service Academy develops and offers education for employees from officer level and develops educational material for the entire Fire Service in The Netherlands. Furthermore, the Fire Service Academy offers specialist education, for example in the field of fire prevention and for instructors. Within the legal task for development of education materials, the Fire Service Academy also carries out research in the field of fire suppression and fire prevention.