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.