RAKOS - The Regional Centre for Emergency Medical Research and Development

RAKOS is the regional competence center for acute medicine in the western part of Norway. The competence center is organised as a division of Stavanger University Hospital.

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RAKOS - The Regional Centre for Emergency Medical Research and Development

Contact information

Our employees

Thomas Werner Lindner

Head of Department

Thomas Werner Lindner

Email: thomas.werner.lindner@sus.no

Conrad A. Bjørshol

Senior Researcher, PhD 

Conrad Arnfinn Bjørshol

Email: conrad.arnfinn.bjorshol@sus.no

Marianne Brustveit

Marianne Brustveit

Email: marianne.brustveit@sus.no

Hege Kristin Kjærvoll

PhD Scholar 

Hege Kristin Kjærvoll

Email: hege.kristin.kjervoll@sus.no

Jan Sigurd Moy

Projects and emergency preparedness
Jan Sigurd Moy

Mail: jan.sigurd.moy@ihelse.net

Jorunn Vik


Jorunn Vik

Mail: jorunn.vik@sus.no

Åge S. Vølstad

Åge S. Vølstad

Mail: age.selliken.volstad@sus.no

Karin Haaland

Norwegian cardiac arrest registry:

Karin Haaland

email: karin.haaland@sus.no

Vision and goals

RAKOS will develop, unite and distribute competences to improve the emergency medical services in Helse Vest.

RAKOS main goal are:

  • To support and ensure coordination and cooperation between the prehospital emergency medical services in Helse Vest;
  • To support and conduct research and professional development related to emergency medical topics;
  • To contribute to the implementation and efficient use of new technology in the prehospital emergency medical services in Helse Vest;
  • To work for national and international cooperation in emergency medicine;
  • RAKOS shall be an independent consultative- and advisory institution in issues related to prehospital emergency medical services

The vision and the goals are described in the Strategy and Management plan.

Read more here: Gyldig RAKOS Strategi og styringsplan_kun engelsk_12_04_2018.pdf

Organisation chart

Organisation chart, mai 2019.PNG


RAKOS is involved in national and international projects. Some local projects are financed and supervised by RAKOS, and in some we have a role as a partner.

For more information about the national projects, see the norwegian web site or contact our web editor.

Below there is a list of the international projects in which RAKOS is involved: 


Anywhere (EU project)

ANYWHERE use existing weather services as a base, and from this information develop functions and tools that will give users better decision support, an expanded capacity for analysis and better emergency preparedness.

Extreme weather events, such as heavy rain, floods, storms, heavy snow, can cause different hazards that interacting with the humans and natural systems may lead to disasters. Such disasters are related to economic loss and/or human losses, for example in the last years the economic losses for extreme weather event, all over the world, have sensitively increased. Therefore the need to prevent such losses, both from the economic and human point of view, is of main importance in society today.

As part of the European research program Horizon 2020, the Anywhere European project (Total cost: 14,5 M€) has the aim to the define tools able to support the decision makers (institution) in real time to coordinate the emergency management operations during extreme weather situation.
In order to create such important tool, it has been established a consortium defined as follow:

  • Leader: Universitat Politcnica de Catalunya Spania
  • Number of Partners: 31
  • Norwegian Partner: SINTEF and Helse Stavanger HF (RAKOS)

The consortium has the aim to define this innovative technology to improve the citizen’s protection and saving lives. The technology will consist in a platform where it will be possible to identify in advance the expected weather-induced impacts and their location in time and space. The platform will support a faster risk analysis related to the precise event before the event occur and, by that, have an improved coordination of the emergency management system (proactive behaviour).  The platform will be defined considering:

  • early warning products 
  • customisable decision support services 
  • requirements of the regional and local authorities as well as public and private operators of critical infrastructures and networks.

The platform will be tested in 4 different selected pilot sites and in a generic pilot site, called the Pan-European Pilot site. The Pan-European site has been identified to test the platfrom in general condition and in situation in which some information are missing with the scope to open, in the near future, the platform to all European countries. Stavanger municipality and Sauda municipality are part of the European Pilot Site and RAKOS is entitled as the pilot site leader.  

During the pilot phase the platform will be tested and transferred to real operation. RAKOS will be the responsible for the Pan - European pilot and in particular for the norwegian municipalities involed.

The Anywhere project has started in June 2016 and will last for 39 months (end of the project 2019), in June 2018 the Pilot phase will start and will last for 12 months. 

See link to Anywhere video

For more information:


MIR - Major Incident Reporting  

MIR - Major Incident Reporting

RAKOS is the leader of the Major Incident Reporting, a worldwide register for major accident and the related medical impact.

A major accident has not a single definition, as a matter of fact a major accident has different definition according to the business sector is related to.

In the case of the MIR, the definition used is :

A major incident is an incident that requires the mobilisation of extraordinary EMS Resources and is identified as a major incident in that system.

Based on this definition the aim of the project it to create a standardised report in order to carry out comparative analyses of the results and identify lesson learned.

The reporting is carried out using a webpage, which can disseminate knowledge from major incidents with the overall goal to improve future medical response to major incidents.

For more information: http://majorincidentreporting.net/


Contact information

Meeting point
Hillevågsveien 8
Hillevågsveien 8
Visiting address
Hillevågsveien 8, 4016 Stavanger(Kart)

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