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.
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!
Some impressions of the 21th EFA-Roundtable held on
11./12. of July 2019
please find the agenda here:
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.
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
The next EΦA-Round-table will happen
18./19. of October 2018
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!
The main Subject of the Next:
Monday/Tuesday 4./5. of June 2018
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 safe the Date.
The next EFA-Round-Table will happen on
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.
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.
The main Subject of the Next:
11./12 of December 2017
Will be: Fire brigades & Robotic