MARPART news - summer 2017

Leaders of emergency management in Nordland inaugurate new simulator for emergency management training at Nord University.

Picture 1 - Stakeholders within Emergency Management in Nordland 

After a long time of planning, constructing, installing and testing, Nord University has now established a modern simulator for training and competence development within Preparedness and Emergency Management at their main campus in Bodø, Norway.

The project is financed by Nordland County Administration and Nord University. Project initiator is Prof., dr. ekon. Odd Jarl Borch.

The simulator is delivered by the Norwegian company Kongsberg Digital AS and is capable of GMDSS radio communication, Teleplan Globe Nora Command and Control systems for incident commanders, and One Voice CIM management support system for operational management and emergency management staff.  

The vessel simulator can be used for a wide range of simulations as well as it can be connected to other simulators via broadband internet connection. Other features include: 

-    GPS positioning of units, resources and simulators
-    Mobile-Net and emergency network for on-site communication 
-    Picture and video transfer
-    Access to resource registers
-    Map systems
-    Closed-circuit television (CCTV) systems for recording of action and debrief

Main areas of use are dedicated towards Sea Officers’ safety and security training, emergency managers both within government agencies and private companies and students of higher education programs including societal safety, safety and security preparedness, and crisis management.

The simulator will provide great potential for:
  • Field-based operations courses
  • Basic operational programs
  • Advanced management programs
  • Table top exercises
  • Simulator-led training
  • Functional exercises
  • Full scale exercises 

Existing course programs such as Emergency Management, Improvisation in Crises, Strategy and Organization within the preparedness system as well as newly developed programs such as Preparedness in the High North, Security Management, Crisis Management – On-Scene and Mission Coordination as well as Polar Code Management Courses will benefit from the simulator. Also, the project team is ready to establish customized simulations for government and industry. The preparedness and emergency simulator will also be linked up to full-scale exercises.

The simulator represents a large opportunity for national responsibility organizations (Military, Coast Guard, Police, Fire Brigades and rescue organizations, etc.) as well as industries (large manufacturing industries, oil and gas companies, cruise industry, fishing industry, etc.). Training scenarios may include small search and rescue incidents all the way to large oil spill incidents or catastrophes including several thousand people in distress.

Picture 2 - Bror Myrvang at the new simulator-lab – the Project Leader for Security and Emergency Management at Bodø Municipality is talking about security and preparedness agency development. 

The powerful simulator is capable of teaching on-scene coordination, training of standard operation procedures (SOP), organization and training of teams, overall logistics within the incident command system, cooperation beyond institutional borders and conceptual understanding/improvisation management for leaders.

Already in August, the Nord University team will do the last certification tests and start field-tests with students. In addition, Nord University will host representatives from the United States Coast Guard Academy SAR center for exchange of “best practice” and the development of further cooperation between the Arctic emergency management knowledge institutions.

The preparedness and emergency management simulation center will also be used in research, among others within the 10,5 million NOK MAREC project “Inter-organizational coordination of mass rescue
operations in complex environments“ recently funded by the Research Council of Norway. The focus will be on emergency management training concepts at different decision levels and the use of simulators to enhance cross-border collaboration and mutual learning.