International workshop of first responders

The workshop will take place on 5-6 October 2020 as an online virtual meeting

 Preliminary agenda

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. Scenarios for tactic sessions have been developed by Alexander Dyck (DLR), Gerhard Schöpf (LFT) and Christian Brauner (IFA). 

Workshop goals

Day 1

–       Overview of projects HyTunnel-CS and HyResponder;

–       Share knowledge on interventions in underground transport systems in general.

Day 2


–       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 partners activities.

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.

Workshop agenda

All times are GMT (London Time)


Day 1




Welcome to the workshop

Goals, procedures and organization of the workshop; rules for video conference

U. Kummer, IFA






HyTunnel-CS project

– Introduction to FCH 2 JU HyTunnel-CS project

– Pre-normative research contribution to hydrogen accident response


D. Makarov, UU

Project partner


Underground transport and confined spaces: building science

Presentations and discussion: types of design and ventilation systems; varieties and dimensions

U. Kummer, IFA






Underground transport 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



Underground transport 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


Framework for education

Different countries, different tasks, different expectations on curricula, intensity and time budgets for education and training

C. Brauner, IFA






Vehicle 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


HyResponder 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


Final discussion and closure of Day 1

D. Makarov, UU





Day 2


Introduction: rules for tabletop exercises

C. Brauner,

C. Pessel, IFA



Tunnel scenarios

One tube, single tube, different types of ventilation





Car park scenarios

Single car garage; parking garage, underground parking garage


Example for a political recommendation for law makers and regulatory authorities

G. Schöpf, LFT






Concluding discussion

Define consent and dissent as well as questions to be answered

C. Brauner, IFA


HyTunnel-CS project next steps

Recommendations to assist intervention strategies and tactics

D. Makarov, UU


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