Exploring the fire and rescue capacity and organisation for hybrid industrial and residential areas


The Rotterdam Harbour area is one of the important mainports of Dutch economy and a main hub for North Western Europe for freight transportation by highway, railway inland navigation and sea going vessels. In addition, it facilitates a lot of industrial activities, including a lot of (petro)chemical industries. Evidently, safety is a crucial aspect in the operations of the industries and infraproviders, just like the emergency response in this region.


The key question is: What should the fire and rescue capacity for such a hybrid region (industry-residential-area) look like in the year 2022?

We aim to develop a method that gives insights in the risks and the necessary emergency response capacity for such a hybrid area. Once we have a method and we are able to employ in the Rotterdam harbour area, we are able to ‘design’ the necessary fire and rescue capacity. Knowing the necessary fire and rescue capacity, one is able to think of constructs/types of arrangements so that this fire and rescue capacity is realized.


As research methods, a combination of a profound literature study (scientific papers as well as professional documents and information) and in-depth interviews will be used. If found needed, other research methods will be employed as well (such as table top exercise, simulations).


We aim to develop a method to assess the basic fire and rescue capacity for an harbour/industrial area. We will apply this method resulting in a blueprint of the fire and rescue organisation in a mix industrial-residential area. We will produce a research report, one conference paper, two scientific papers (international journal of emergency management and safety science) and several meetings with the relevant community.


This project is funded by the LDE Centre for Safety and Security (2017) and Gezamenlijke brandweer (Unified Fire Brigade).


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