Hydrogen safety training for first responders in Europe

HyResponder is a new European project which will develop and implement a sustainable “train the trainer” programme in hydrogen safety for first responders throughout Europe. 

This operational and educational project will support the commercialisation of fuel cell and hydrogen technologies by training responders, who are involved in both the permitting process and in tackling accidents with hydrogen transport and infrastructure. The project, which will span over a period of three years, received €1m funds from the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) under Horizon 2020.

Bart Biebuyck, FCH JU Executive Director, commented:

“FCH JU aims - both at programme and at project level - to ensure that hydrogen safety is adequately managed, and to promote and disseminate the hydrogen safety culture within and outside of the FCH JU programme…. That is why projects such as HyResponder are extremely important."

Ulster University researchers from the Hydrogen Safety Engineering and Research Centre (HySAFER) are coordinating the project. Trainers from at least 10 different European countries are expected to attend a bespoke course in hydrogen safety and transmit that knowledge back to their home countries.

Read the press release here.