Project duration: 1 January 2019 – 31 December 2021


Fires in mines represent great challenges for the first responders. It can cause losses in human lives, production loss and large costs due to standstill. One of the largest challenges for first responders in case of a fire is the long response routes from ground level to the scene of the fire. Fires in hard rock mines are mainly related to vehicles; machines or equipment and more effective firefighting, adapted to the requirements in the challenging underground mining environment, could prevent fires to spread in and between vehicles. Fewer developed fires will result in lower costs, less risk exposure of mining personnel and first responders and lower risk for goodwill losses.

The solution (technology)

The FIREM II-project aims to further develop remote-controlled firefighting to support the limitation of fire-related costs and damages, by addressing the challenges, creating close research-practitioner cooperation and involving the stakeholders in the process. By using on-site vehicles, merging and further developing emerging technologies and methods within the two thematic fields – firefighting and remote control – the response time for firefighting actions will be shortened and mitigation of the consequences improved. The project will deliver standards for remote-controlled firefighting, construction equipment-mounted remote-controlled firefighting units and training methods for mining personnel and first responders.


  • RISE Research Institutes of Sweden AB, Sweden (Lead Partner)
  • Boliden Mineral AB, Sweden
  • Dafo Vehicle Fire Protection AB, Sweden
  • DMT GmbH & Co. KG, Germany
  • Fogmaker International, Sweden
  • LTU Business AB, Sweden
  • Luleå University of Technology (LTU), Sweden
  • Luossavaara-Kiirunavaara AB, LKAB, Sweden
  • Mälardalen University, Sweden
  • Örebro University, Sweden
  • Politechnika Slaska (Silesian University of Technology), Poland
  • RISE Research Institutes of Sweden Holding AB, Sweden
  • Robotdalen (Mälardins högskola), Sweden
  • Volvo Construction Equipment, Sweden