Emergency Response & Policy Officer, European Commission, Directorate General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations, Emergency Response Coordination Centre – ERCC
Claire Kowalewski is colonel in the French fire services. She has signed her first contract as volunteer 28 years ago before becoming professional with a strong scientific studies background. She has been working in civil protection at local, regional, national and international levels. She had to deal with various types of emergencies such as forest fires, floods, terrorist attack, crash of airliner aircraft, rescue at sea, etc. She is now seconded to the European Commission at Directorate General ECHO (European civil protection and humanitarian aid operations) where she brings her expertise and experience. As she has been dealing for many years with forest firefighting in Southern France, she is naturally involved in the preparation of the forest fires season at EU level, developing common Standard Operating Procedures, working on the development of an European aerial forest firefighting fleet called rescEU or preparing innovative projects to increase the EU level of preparedness. She has been also deployed many times as expert on forest fires emergencies (Bulgaria, Italy, Sweden, Greece, etc) within the EU civil protection Mechanism on behalf of French Authorities or as European Emergency Response Coordination Centre liaison officer.