Title Address Description
German Federal Agency for Technical Relief
Provinzialstrasse 93 Bonn 53127 Germany
Entente pour la Forêt Méditerranéenne
Centre Francis Arrighi - Domaine de Valabre - RD7, 13120 Gardanne, France
Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service
Bridle Rd, Bootle L30 4YD, UK
Service Départemental d’Incendie et de Secours de la Savoie
226 Rue de la Perrodière, 73230 Saint-Alban-Leysse, France
Hellenic Rescue Team of Attica
Agonaridou 10-12, Athina 117 44, Greece
Institute of Communication and Computer Systems
Zografou 157 73, Greece
Estias 1, Athina 115 26, Greece
Rudower Ch 29, 12489 Berlin, Deutschland
International Security Competence Centre GmbH
Kaiser Franz Joseph-Ring 21, 2500 Baden, Austria
Tohoku University
980-8579, Japan
SINTEF Digital – dept. of Mathematics and Cybernetics
Strindvegen 4, 7034 Trondheim, Norway
Commissariat A L’Energie Atomique et Aux Energies Alternatives
D36, 91190 Saclay, France
The University of Manchester
Oxford Rd, Manchester M13 9PL, UK
German Institute for Standardisation
Saatwinkler Damm 42-43, 13627 Berlin, Germany
Trilateral Research Ltd
Gorteens, Waterford, Co. Kilkenny, X91 W0XW, Ireland
58a Rue du Dessous des Berges, 75013 Paris, France

Hellenic Rescue Team of Attica

10-12 Agonaridou str.
P.O. 11744 Athens
Website: www.eodathens.gr

General information

Hellenic Rescue Team of Attica is a union of citizens and a community centre, consisted entirely of volunteers that wish to offer their time, expertise, knowledge and personal effort in assisting fellow citizens in case of an emergency. It is an independent, non-profit organisation that operates mostly for Search and Rescue (SaR) in three main fields: Wilderness (mountains, forests, non -urban areas), Water (open sea, coastline, rivers, lakes, floods) and Urban (earthquakes, floods, tsunamis). For each field of operations there is a corresponding element of highly trained individuals, ranging from level-1 support members to level-4 fully operational members, all acting as a team and tailored to each specific operation at hand.

HRTA is consists of several divisions: The Wilderness SaR division, the Water SaR division is responsible for operations in the open sea, in inland lakes, rivers and floods, the Urban SaR provides the location, extraction and initial medical stabilisation of victims trapped in confined spaces due to natural disasters, structural collapse, transportation accidents, collapsed trenches and mines. HRTA has developed a training program both theoretical and practical, based on the international accepted INSARAG and FEMA guidelines and manuals. 

HRTA is registered with the General Secretariat Civil Protection (GSCP) of Greece. HRTA collaborates closely with EMAK (Fire Service Special Task Force responsible for SaR) and other Firefighting Services in common exercises, training and operations. Also, HRTA is actively involved in the JRCC (Greek maritime Search and Rescue) action plan.

Role in the project

Hellenic Rescue Team of Attica (HRTA) is involved in WP1, WP6 and WP7. HRTA will serve as a first responder partipating member in the project and will act as a domain expert in the fields of Wilderness, Water & Urban SaR operations for the consortium, providing insights and team-level viewpoint in terms of requirements, top-level specifications and safety procedures (WP1). It will also act as an integrated tester and operator, end-user and demonstrator of the new procedures and technologies that will be designed & developed during this project (WP6). Finally, it will act as a society-level disseminator for related SaR organisations and the general public in Greece via participation in open events and educational sessions presenting the project and its results (WP7).

Participating members in the project 

Spyros Chrysanthopoulos

HRTA co-founder & current President, senior field operator

Theofanis Kapetanakis

Operations Manager, senior field operator

Yannis Chaidemenos

Financial manager, USaR ops manager

Harris Georgiou

Current LEAR & scientific advisor, scuba/medic

Aspa Tzeletopoulou

Senior field operator, USaR/medic, Psychologist

Alex Vlachopoulos

Project team coordinator, USaR/medic