New board of EФA invites to 17th Roundtable in Brussels – call for lectures


The next EFA-Roundtable will be held in Brussels (save the date: from 30th till 31st of October 2014). The 17th Roundtable will offer best opportunities to invite high officials of the EU and relevant DG’s as well to participate within the different sessions planned. Members, fellows and partners of EFA are requested to contribute with lectures and presentations. The new board of EFA will accept and appreciate early incitations and proposals for topics presented to organise high qualified sessions and panels.

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Jordí Leandro Blanca – Markus von der Forst -Ortwin Neuschwander – Albrecht Broemme

Otto Neuschwandter appointed to the Honorary President of EФA


The present members of the General Assembly honored Mr. Ortwin Neuschwander, founding President of EFA and long-time Vice-President , for his activities and remarkable engagement within EFA. In recognition of his great services and initiatives to develop EFA towards one of the leading  European NPO’s in civil services, he was appointed to the Honorary President of EFA.

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Ortwin Neuschwander

The General Assembly of EFA appointed two new Vice-Presidents


Within the 16th EFA Round Table in Ispra, Italy, two new vice-presidents have been elected by the General Assembly:
Jordí Leandro Blanca, Chief Officer of the BASF-Spain SA’s Fire Department and Site Security, Tarragona/Spain, who will also head the working group of Fire Safety Issues
and Markus von der Forst, Frankfurt Fire Service, Head of the Department intervention, Frankfurt/German, who will be head of the working group of Disaster-Management

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left: Jordí Leandro Blanca           right: Markus von der Forst

Programm – 16th EФA ROUNDTABLE


Protection and Security of the Citizen


DAY 1: Thursday 20 th of February 2013

12:00 CET Arrival of participants and registration
12:30 Lunch
13:30 – 13:40 Opening speech, Albrecht Broemme, EФA President
13:40 – 14:00 Welcome speech Dr. Stephan Lechner, Director of the Institute for the Protection and the Security of the Citizen

14:00 – 15.30 Visit of the European Crisis Management Laboratory Presentation of the activities and the actual projects in the field of disaster recovery and prevention
+ Discussion
15:30 – 16:00 Coffee Break
16:00 – 17:30 Visit of the European Laboratory for Structural Assessment
Presentation of the activities and projects on the assessment of buildings before/after earthquakes
+ Discussion

DAY 2: Friday 21 of February 2013

09:00 – 9:45 How Fire and Rescue Service Staff Manage Risk and Make Decisions at Emergency Incidents Presentation of a report commissioned by Buckinghamshire, Kent, Hampshire, Merseyside and Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Services and the British Fire Protection Association
presented by: Alan Peton
9:45 – 10:30  Tuis-ICE Desaster-respone System – Presentation of a recent major incident with lessons learnt
presented by: Jordí Leandro Blanca, Tarragona/Spain

10:30 – 11:00 The City of Frankfurt’s planning to scope a major electricity incident lasting more than one day – up date
presented by: Markus von der Forst, Frankfurt fire-brigade

11.00 – 11.30 Coffee break
11.30 – 12:15 Flood-protection – best practice and lessons learnt during the great flood in Eastern and Northern Germany
presented by: Albrecht Broemme, THW

Presentation of a new and very flexible and efficient inundation protection system
presented by: Prof. Ries, Frankfurt fire-brigade
12:30 – 13:00 EФA Updates
Moderator: Albrecht Broemme
Closing remarks

13:00 Lunch

14:00 Departure


Next Roundtable Fire Prevention


The next Roundtable Fire Prevention will happen on 27 – 28th of June in Frankfurt am Main/Germany, hosted by Frankfurt Fire Brigade.

Find here the draft Agenda. Registration date-line 7 of June.
Fees 175 Euro (meals and accomodation included).

15 th EFA-Roundtable Frankfurt  – Draft Program

Thursday 27.6.2013

12.00 h  Arrival and Lunch

13.30 h Opening Speeches

* Presentations of  the Frankfurt Fire-Brigade
* Thermal insulation composite systems for façade of houses
* Domestic Fire Safety      – TV set Fire Resistance Standards
– France Government support for domestic Smoke Detectors
– Lakinal House, Southwark London – outcome from Inquest
– Combined Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
*Fire Savety in a multi-storey Building

Friday 28.6.2013

9:00 h start of the 2nd day

* From Fire Investigation to Fire-Safety from a fire investigator and from a fire insurance company perspective
* Fire Savety of Jails and Closed Institutions – Austrian Experiences
* “Fire-Savety” an optional Subject in Professional Schools – the example of the State Rhinland-Palatinate
* TIBRO – Latale CO Development in Domestic Fires: Consequences for the Fire Fighting Strategy
closing remarks and lunch
14.00 departure

To register please take contact with:

EFA workshop on NVBR conference


The EFA workshop of the NVBR conference in Amsterdam on 1st and 2nd November 2012 has been scored as the best workshop of the NVBR conference. The EFA workshop, kindly hosted by Martyn Emberson, CFO of Northhamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service, and Vij Randeniya, CFO of West Midlands Fire Service, was entitled ‚European Innovation in Fire Fighting‘. It scored the highest among participants who participated in the NVBR conference.

Dr. Ricardo Weewer appointed Professor of Fire-fighting Sciences


On the 1st of September Dr. R(icardo) Weewer will begin his work as Professor of Fire-fighting Sciences at the Fire Service Academy of the Dutch Institute for Physical Safety.

Dr. Weewer is known within the fire service community as a participant in several national projects and working groups. He was, amongst other things, project leader and spokesperson of the Fire Research Project, and he participated in the programme on Improving Learning Ability, the project group on Outdoor Attacks, the management group Innovation Courage and the Strategic Travel Fire-fighters project. He was also a member of the research commission entitled „Evaluation of Fire in The Point“, an initiative from the Fire Service Programme Council and Scientific Council of the NVBR. Since the completion of the „Fire-fighters about Tomorrow“ vision he regularly appears as a strategic advisor to the Council of Regional Commanders and gives presentations on innovations within the Fire Department and the Fire-fighters about Tomorrow.

Dr. Weewer will combine his position as a lecturer of Fire-fighting Sciences with his function as Deputy Commander of the Amsterdam-Amstelland Fire-fighters corps. The NIFV attaches great importance to this combination, as it is crucial for a knowledge institute to maintain close ties with the practical side of things. The latter also benefits from further knowledge development.

Lectures at the NIFV are targeted to gather and develop knowledge, and to translate this (new) knowledge and insights into schoolings, exercises and trainings.

Four professorial positions are currently in place at the NIFV:
– Fire-fighting Science
– Fire Prevention
– Crisis Management (joint lecture of NIFV and Police Academy)
– Transport Safety (joint lecture of NIFV and TNO).

12th EΦA Roundtable held


On 5-6 May EΦA held its 12th Roundtable, at the MSB College in Revinge, Sweden. Over 30 participants took part in a fruitful and successful meeting, focusing on the transformation of Europe’s fire services in light of the financial crisis.

EΦA launches new website


EΦA is happy to launch its new website which will inform you about the latest news and events of the Academy. The objective of the website is also to provide you with key information and best practices from Fire Services, Burns Victims, Politicians and Technology Partnersin the fields of fire prevention and disaster management.