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Next EFA-Roundtable

11./12 of December 2017

Vienna, Austria


Time:                  From Monday 13:00 hour
                           until Tuesday  12:30 hour

Next EFA-Roundtable 30./31.3.2017 in Brussels

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30./31. of March 2017

in Brussels

The board has opted for two major subjects:

  1. Firebrigade 4.0
    We want to start a reflection, how digital evolution will affect our services in the next 20 years and how we can formulate in time our special requirements to influence the technological and legal process;
  2. Terrorist threat and firebrigades
    An exchange of lessons learned

A detailled program with speakers will follow in short time.

Mag. Robert Stocker (MBA) – new EΦA Vicepresident

In the General Assembly on 25.11.2016 in Berlin Mag. Robert Stocker MBA was elected Vicepresident of EΦA.

As  Head of the Department Operations, Crisis and Disaster Management of the Federal Ministery of The Interior Mag. Robert Stocker is speccially involved in all questions of European cooperation in the field. He succeed Markus von der Forst from the Frankfurt Firebrigade. The EΦA-President Mr. Albrecht Broemme thanked Markus von der Forst for his excellent service and welcomed Mag. Stocker in his new office in EΦA.




Selection and sizing of conductors supplying electrical equipment that must remain functional during a fire – study


Cables that are exposed to fire while being expected to retain their functionality and provide power to essential equipment at another location must be appropriately selected and sized to take account of the increased electrical resistance at elevated temperature.

Cables, including fire safety cables, are specified in terms that reflect their normal duty conditions; design parameters under fire conditions are rarely, if ever, specified. The objective of this study is to provide a clear methodology for designing fire safety circuits based on the derivation and application of correction factors and standard cable parameters.

The full story is available here.

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.

neues efa-prsidium

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

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