State Fire Service Institute North Rhine-Westphalia (IdF)
We look forward to welcoming you to the Institute of Fire Department of North Rhine-Westphalia (IdF NRW). We – with over 210 employees and around 18,000 participants annually, are the largest training and further education institution for fire department managers in Germany.
According to our motto “We like to learn for your life”, our participants include not only fire brigade members, but also members of the various crisis teams. Because only together can we effectively overcome all the challenges of the future!
Our competence centers in the areas of research, digital radio, procurement & technology and the media center ensure interdisciplinary support for the fire departments and guarantee that we recognize future trends and take them into account in our work.
Annually: – 820 events – 18,000 training and further education participants – 108,000 participant days
University of Münster
The University of Münster is one of the largest universities in Germany with a rich and time-honored tradition. It enjoys an outstanding reputation in the region and far beyond. Fifteen faculties with 120 degree programs and some 30 research centers comprise the institutional backbone of the University. Some 44,600 students and 5,600 academics appreciate the University’s excellent research opportunities, high-quality teaching, promotion of junior researchers, and the advantages of living in the city of Münster. Our slogan sums it up best: “living.knowledge”. Here at the University of Münster, we are committed to not only keeping knowledge alive but also empowering it to flow freely throughout our university and beyond its walls.
Speaking of beyond its walls, The University of Münster has completed more than 550 partnership agreements with universities and academic institutes all over the globe – from nearby Enschede in the Netherlands to Beijing, China. Over 3,600 foreign students and 700 distinguished visiting researchers currently study and research at the University of Münster, as we are truly a magnet attracting academic excellence all across the globe.
ERCIS Competence Center for Crisis Management (C³M)
The Competence Center for Crisis Management (C³M), founded at the end of the year 2013, integrates the research efforts of the ERCIS network in the domain of crisis management and humanitarian logistics. The main objective is to identify relevant challenges and gaps in current practices of humanitarian organizations and to find adequate solutions in the area of information systems and supply chain management research. C³M integrates a collaborating network of humanitarian logistics organizations, innovative information systems and renowned research groups on crisis management and humanitarian logistics.
C³M investigates the role of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) for logistics and supply chain management in crisis situations. Logistics is the main driver in order to deliver the right relief items and services as fast and appropriately as possible in order to meet the needs of the disaster-affected population. The disaster relief environment sets specific requirements for the use of ICT as an enabler of disaster management. Within the context of supporting the effectiveness of logistics in humanitarian operations, the activities of C³M primarily aim at improving the modeling, analysis, simulation and decision support of humanitarian logistics processes as well as the evaluation and design of of appropriate information systems.