RAKOS - The Regional Centre for Emergency Medical Research and Development

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

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RAKOS - The Regional Centre for Emergency Medical Research and Development

Contact information

Head of department
Thomas Werner Lindner

Mail: thomas.werner.lindner@sus.no

Marianne Brustveit

Mail: marianne.brustveit@sus.no

Projects and emergency preparedness
Jan Sigurd Moy

Mail: jan.sigurd.moy@ihelse.net

Valentina De Santis

Mail: valentina.de.santis@sus.no

Senior Researcher, PhD 

Conrad Arnfinn Bjørshol

email: conrad.arnfinn.bjorshol@sus.no

PhD Scholar 

Hege Kristin Kjærvoll

email: hege.kristin.kjervoll@sus.no

Åge Vølstad

Mail: age.magne.volstad@ihelse.net | ambulanse@rakos-helsevest.no

Trine Vandbakk Fjelde

Mail:  trine.vandbakk.fjelde@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

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Rakos is involved in national and in international projects with differt role. The national projects are mostly projects in the Helse Vest region, such projects are finanched and supervised by RAKOS. In the international projects Rakos role is mostly as partner.

Below it is possible to find a list of the international project in which Rakos is involved. 


The BRIDGE project is an effort to increase the security and safety of European citizens through improved multi-agency coordination in large-scale emergency management.

The focus is onsolutions to

  • facilitate multi-agency collaboration in large-scale emergency relief efforts;
  • enable data and system interoperability in multi-agency collaborative efforts;
  • provide a common operational picture for multi-agency emergency response operations.

BRIDGE approaches the problem from the technical, organizational, and individual levels. On the technical level, BRIDGE will deliver:

  • resilient ad-hoc network infrastructures founded on requirements evolved from emergency scenarios;
  • generic, extensible middleware to support integration of data sources, networks, and systems;
  • a context management system to foster data interoperability.

Technical interoperability is crucial for enabling multi-agency collaboration. However, the technology needs to be integrated into the workflows and communication processes of those agencies at the organizational level, so that they can work within a single command hierarchy rather than acting independently. To that end, BRIDGE will also provide:

  • methods and tools that support run-time intra- and inter-agency collaboration;
  • a model-based automated support system built on a scenario-based training framework;
  • an agent-based dynamic workflow composition and communication support system.

Finally, information and communications technology will mediate both the collaboration between agencies and the access they have to available data. All of the above efforts, then, must incorporate advanced techniques for human-computer interaction – the level of the individual. BRIDGE will
contribute here by developing:

  • adaptive, multi-modal user interfaces;
  • novel interaction techniques with fixed and mobile devices;
  • tools for building and maintaining a scalable common operational picture.

To ensure success, the BRIDGE consortium has sought a well-balanced mix of cross-disciplinary academics, technology developers, domain experts, and end-user representatives. Furthermore, the establishment of a User Advisory Board will guarantee active end-user involvement during the whole project, leading to solutions that are not only usable but useful.


ANYWHERE aims to 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 nowadays society.

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 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,
  • customizable 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.

For more information:


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/



Meeting point
Hillevågsveien 8
Hillevågsveien 8
Visiting address
Hillevågsveien 8, 4016 Stavanger(Google maps)

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