Wolfgang Schäuble – new President of EFA

Wolfgang Schäuble, chief officer of the Munich Fire Department, is the new president of EFA. He follows Albrecht Broemme who after many years of being the leading face of EFA, a European platform of discussions about fire safety and desaster management, stepped back while retiring from his professional activity as president of the German federal relief organization THW.

Next EFA-Roundtable 2./3. April 2020

Dear colleagues,
The next EFA Roundtable will happen at
                        Thursday/Friday  2./3. of April 2020 
in Ludwigshafen/Germany.
Please safe the date.
The climate change affects already our normal life. More and more natural disasters happen even on local level where such things were unexpected untill now. We should be prepared.
Resilience and prevention are the keywords for the future.
Therefore we want to discuss the topic and to exchange best practice cases, also in order to prepare a meeting with responsible EU decision makers in autumn. The green agenda of the new EU-Commission needs our input.
If you know best practice cases to improve resilience/prevention in your internal organization or on the level of cities or regions but also in small or middle sized Enterprises, please let it us know.
Dr. Norbert Neuhaus
Secretary General of EFA
Rond Point Schuman 6
Box 5
B-1040 Brussels

20 years European Fireacademy

On the end of the 21th EFA-Roundtable in Nis, our technological partner Harder Digital Sova surprised us with a birthday cake: 20 years of EFA!

On the picture you see the honorary president Ortwin Neuschwander, founder of  EFA, the actual president Albrecht Broemme and the vicepresident Robert Stocker.

21th EFA-Roundtable 11./12.of July 2019 in Niš/Serbia

Some impressions of the 21th EFA-Roundtable held on

11./12. of July 2019
in Niš/Serbia

please find the agenda here:

Agenda 21 RT Nis 7-2019

The photo shows Prof. René Hagen from IFV/NL presenting the results of their newest research on smoke  extension in multistorey buildings.

We choosed Niš as location for our 21th EFA-Roundtable speccially to attract the interest of the fire brigades and civil protection institutions of South-East Europe to the plattform of the European Fire Academy and to establish closer links between South-East Europe and the firebrigades of Western and Central Europe. Colleagues from the Netherlands, Germany and Austria met their counterparts from Serbia, Bulgaria, Albania, Croatia and North-Makedonia and exchanged their professional experience.

The Roundtable took place in the conference room of our technolocial partner Photon Optronics. They are actually developping  a optoelectronic divice which permits to look behind the smoke. The first results were intensively discussed by the practicians.

The leading persons of the SAYSO-project presented the main outcome of their work.

The EU-Commission will introduce an integrated warning system called EU-Warn on the base of KATWARN-Technology, a multichannel information and warning system.

GMD analysis, a new, cheap and very effective digital tool, helps not only to detect in advance risky and instable locations in case of earthquakes and major natural disaster but also to estimate their extend and dynamics. (GMD stands for Geomorphological Dynamics). It gives speccially worthful informations for disaster response plans.

Niš is the third-largest city of Serbia and one of the oldest cities in the Balkans and even in Europe. From ancient times it has been considered a gateway between the East and the West. It is also the birthplace of Constantine the Great, the first Christian Emperor, as well as Constantius III and Justin I. It had a very changeful history: Romans, Byzantins, Bulgars, Serbs, Ottomans rouled here and since 1878 it belongs to Serbia again.

Niš is one of the most important industrial centers in Serbia, especially in the electronics, mechanical engineering, textile, and tobacco industries. Niš Constantine the Great Airport is its international airport. There are some direct flights from Berlin, Vienna and other European cities.

Landscape fires

This dry summer led to many landscape fires in different regions of Europe. Therefore we want to attrack your attention to the presentation of the last EFA-Round-table on 4 of June 18 held by

Prof. Dr. Johann Georg Goldammer
Director, Global Fire Monitoring Center (GFMC)
Fire Ecology Research Group
Max Planck Institute for Chemistry
c/o Freiburg University / United Nations University (UNU)
Georges-Koehler-Allee 75
D – 79110 Freiburg
Tel:    +49-761-808011
Fax:    +49-761-808012


Next EFA-Round-table 18./19.10. in Tarragona

The next EΦA-Round-table will happen

18./19. of October 2018
in Tarragona/Spain

We will meet there on the invitation of our Vice-President Jordí Leandro Blanca who is responsible for the fire brigade and security of a big petrochemical complex in Tarragona.

We have already some proposals of subjects of discussion
* hazardous substances/high-risk material and firefighting
* critical infrastructure
* outlook to the EU disaster control exercise PACE and LüKEX
* How to integrate and mobilize the skills of the population in averting damages in disasters (example KAT-retter)
If you have proposals, please inform us.

Please save the date!

19 EFA Roundtable


The main Subject of the Next: 

19th EΦA-Round-table

Monday/Tuesday 4./5. of June 2018

Brussels, Belgian

How to deal with major Disasters – What should be the best European response?


Register Deadline will be 25. of May

If you can not attend the Roundtable please inform your Colleagues who maybe interested in the Subject.
Mr. Broemme and the EFA-team will be glad to see you again in Brussels.


Please click here to see the Agenda


Next EFA-Round Table


Dear Fellows


Please safe the Date. 

The next EFA-Round-Table will happen on


    4./5. of June 2018 in Brussels
 In the rooms of the Belgian Ministery of Interior.

One of the main subjects of discussion will be  How to deal with major Disasters – What should be the best European response„.

The exact Program will follow next month. 


Board of EFA reelected

The old board is the new board! The EFA President Albrecht Broemme and the 2 Vicepresidents Jordí Leandro Blanca, Tarragona/Spain and Magister Robert Stocker Vienna/Austria are reelected by the General Meeting of EFA on 13th of February.