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Italian Ministry of Interior Department of Fire Corps, Public Rescue and Civil Defence (CNVVF)

Organisation type: Public Agency
Rome, Italy


Who they are

CNVVF is a State organisation responsible for prevention, rescue and relief services in natural or manmade disasters.  They provide emergency planning, industrial risk management and training within the Ministry of Interior, in close cooperation with the National Civil Protection Department within the Prime Minister’s Office. In addition to the standard fire services, they also provide protection for national civil airports and harbours and train and deploy units for the management of disaster scenarios.


How they are organised

Within the Fire Corps there are 34,000 professionals in 800 HQs and fire stations carrying out 800,000 interventions. Their fleet includes 40 helicopters, 2 aeroplanes distributed over 12 bases catering for search and rescue and forest fires plus 19 Canadair airplanes for aerial firefighting.


Their expertise

CNVVF are trained under the NATO Crisis Management Systems and the EU Civil Protection Mechanism for international emergencies. They served as part of the international rescue team during the earthquakes in Haiti, Japan, Nepal and many more. They have participated in many EU research projects and currently, are involved in a Practitioners Network and a Cultural Heritage Protection project.


Role in the project

CNVVF participate in 7 work packages beginning with the end-user recruitment process, supporting the collection of end-user needs and editing the Cross-Organisational Handbook.  They contribute to the adaptation of their C2 and its integration to the Mixed Reality Preparedness Platform in training mode focusing on the CBRN accidents and cruise ship evacuation exercises and large earthquake and cascading effects demonstration in Italy. Furthermore, they actively participate on the Common Alerting Protocol and C2 process in several standardisation platforms.


Watch Stefano Marsella from CNVVF talk about Key gaps in Crisis Management

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