Introduction

 

Welcome to the European Center for Forest fires (ECFF)

ECFF operates since 2003 within the framework of EUR-OPA Major Hazards Agreement of the Council of Europe, ratified by the Greek Law 2031/92. It is one of the EUR-OPA Specialized Centres, acting towards enhancement of population awareness and increase of resilience to major risks. ECFF operates under the aegis of the General Secretariat of Civil Protection (Law 4662/2020).

Large scale forest fires or “MegaFires” recorded the recent years in global basis have been strongly correlated with climate change, having devastating impacts on the affected population, the critical infrastructures and the environment.

ECFF mainly focuses on issues related to health impacts of the produced smoke in forest fires. This includes exposure assessment for the general population and the fire-fighters, as well as for people with increased vulnerability such as the elderly, children, people with disabilities etc. Protection and inclusive safety of population in case of forest fires is one of the priorities of the Center; air quality monitoring and assessment of hazardous environment by using state-of-the art analytical methods; select effective personal protective equipment; update evacuation criteria; provide with good practices and lessons learned.

ECFF runs activities according to the main priorities of the Council of Europe and based on its expertise.

ECFF publishes Forest Fire Net (FFNet) a publication that hosts scientific topics relevant to forest fire and smoke issues (Publications). It also participates in joint projects with other EUR-OPA Specialized Centers.

A leaflet resumes up to now ECFF activities.