Maritime incident response Group EU (MIRG EU)
Shipping is a safe form of transport. However, when accidents do occur, the consequences can be extremely serious in terms of fatalities, environmental pollution or economic consequences for the fishing and leisure industries.
To provide this safety in the 2 Seas area, the fire brigades from the four Member States have decided to cooperate and establish a cross-border Maritime Incident Response Group (MIRG - EU). The objective of the project was to create and train three maritime incident response groups (MIRGs) in Belgium, France and the Netherlands. They can benefit from the existing knowledge and skills of the MIRG team in England.
The aim is to form a specialized group of firefighters using a common set of procedures for firefighting and incident response, on passenger ships and cargo vessels. They will implement the results of a shared training scheme based on a risk analysis of the 2 Seas area that will define common methodologies and protocol. During the project, almost 120 French, Belgian and Dutch firemen where trained.
On 17 September 2014 during the final conference in Vlissingen the results of the MIRG EU project were presented to an enthusiastic audience.