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.

Annual General Assembly re-elects EΦA board


EΦA held its Annual General Assembly on 18 February in Bonn.

EΦA board re-elected:

  • Albrecht Broemme as President of EΦA
  • Ortwin Neuschwander as Vice-President, responsible for EΦA engagement on Disaster Management
  • René Hagen as Vice-President, responsible for the continued EΦA engagement on Fire Prevention

These appointments have been made for 6 years.

Additionally, Volker Wendt was appointed Director, responsible for the day to day management and representation of EΦA and Mike Hagen agreed to chair the Task Force on Domestic fire prevention moving forward.

More information here

Christchurch Firefighters Earthquake Appeal


The UFBA Benevolent Fund Firefighters Earthquake Appeal is running an appeal to help the firefighters of Christchurch and their families get back on their feet after the devastating earthquake that struck Christchurch on 22nd February 2011. The appeal is now open to international donations.

International donations may be made by credit card by visiting and following the link to the UFBA Benevolent Fund Firefighters Earthquake Appeal page. Bank of New Zealand has arranged for all associated processing fees to be waived so that 100% of all donations can go directly to the firefighters of Christchurch.