(Innovative Cluster for Radiological and Nuclear Emergencies)
August 1st 2019 marked the start of the 5-year (60 months) European INCLUDING project, which is bringing together infrastructure, equipment and experts coming from Medical Organizations, Fire Corps, Government Department, Municipalities, Law Enforcement Agencies, Ministries, Governmental and Civilian Research Institutes and Industries operating in the field of radiological and nuclear emergencies from across the EU. The INCLUDING (Innovative Cluster for Radiological and Nuclear Emergencies) Project pursues to develop a Federation in which individual Members will cooperate to provide a common framework to standardize access to their respective facilities, enhance interoperability and to allow a more intensive use of expensive equipment. INCLUDING is a project funded by the European Commission in the framework of H2020 programme. It is part of the Secure Societies Challenge – Protecting freedom and security of Europe and its citizens. The funding scheme is CSA (Coordination and Support Action) and the topic of reference is: Pan-European clusters of practitioners and other actors in the field of Security (Subtopic Innovation clusters from around Europe managing demonstration sites, testing workbenches and training facilities). INCLUDING connects 15 Partners from 10 EU Member States (MS), bringing together infrastructure, equipment and experts operating in the field of radiological and nuclear emergencies. Project is coordinated by ENEA Italian Agency for the New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development.
Radiation and nuclear emergencies are by far the most feared by people and difficult to face by the authorities and the radiological threat is now recognized as a high, if not the highest, priority in the global agenda for nuclear security and an important element in the broad spectrum of unconventional threats pursued by malicious individuals and groups. To date, new scenarios add to conventional ones to further widen the range of intervention of front-line authorities and in general of all practitioners and pose a great challenge in terms of making the most effective use of the present knowledge and technologies, while keeping abreast of the continuously evolving threats. The job of improving Radiological and Nuclear security is never done: security must constantly evolve as the threats change, technologies shift and new vulnerabilities are revealed.
Far from being a simple aggregation of entities separated geographically and with complementary expertise, INCLUDING pursues to develop a Federation in which individual Members will cooperate together to provide a common framework to standardize access to their respective facilities, enhance interoperability and to allow a more intensive use of expensive equipment.
The INCLUDING Federation will provide in a flexible way training activities on unconventional scenarios of RN crisis. The INCLUDING team is able to monitor, translate and merge advanced, proven technologies in prepare-response and recovery sequence with practices applied during a RN emergency. The plurality of testbeds in the cluster allows for execution of all the main types of exercises, ranging from full-scale to functional field exercises, table-top exercises and drills.
In order to improve knowledge and expertise sharing between practitioners from different countries and organizations INCLUDING will organize meetings, workshops and Joint Actions. The activities will help to identify how unconventional scenarios are evolving, the gaps in the training, simulation and exercise functions.