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Achievements & Outlook

René Hagen

EФA Vice President

11 September 2008

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What we are

EФA is:

  • an informal platform for those interested in fire services and catastrophe management – an “Academy”

  • the exchange of best practices

  • the expert body for fire safety issues

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Informal platform

Since 2005:

  • 7 Roundtables

  • 49 different organisations

  • Over 40 participants

    Dialogue with

  • European Commission

  • European Parliament

  • Burn victims associations

  • Technology partners

  • Academics

  • Media


1st Roundtable - Brussels

2nd Roundtable - Hanover

4th Roundtable - Brussels

3rd Roundtable - Arnhem

6th Roundtable - Paris

5th Roundtable - Budapest

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2. Best practices

  • EФA is the forum to exchange best practices and lessons learned


  • Communication in communities - Merseyside / London Fire Brigade

  • Fatal fires such as in Paris hotels (FR) and in the Schiphol detention centre (NL)

  • The challenges of European co-operation: Fighting forest fires Greece – Budapest Fire Brigade

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Merseyside / London

  • Fire safety within the community

  • Similar initiatives in the Netherlands (Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Amersfoort)

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Fatal hotel fire & attacks on services in Paris

Paris “hotel” fire – 16 April 2005:

  • Fire killed 22 people, 10 children, 53 injuries

  • Most of the inhabitants were immigrants, social housing

    Lessons learned:

  • Importance of safe social housing

  • Need of efficient communication with vulnerables (children, immigrants)

    Paris riots – 2005 / 2007

  • Attacks on firemen and stations

    Lessons learned:

  • New challenge for fire services

  • Need to upgrade protection of men and stations

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Schiphol detention centre burn – NL

Schiphol detention centre burn 27 October 2005:

  • 11 fatalities, 15 injured

  • Report of the independent Dutch Safety Board:

    • unsafe detention conditions

    • inadequate implementation of safety recommendations

    • insufficient training on the part of the guards

    • inadequate intervention upon discovery of the fire

      Lessons learned:

  • Focus on fire safety in prisons

  • Attention for content (bedding)

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European Cooperation – Budapest Fire Brigade

Forest Fires Greece, August 2007:

  • State of emergency; Athens asking for international help

  • Budapest fire brigade dispatches team

  • Team to assist on island of Evia:

    • Find origin and contain fire

    • Highly challenging conditions

    • Monitor extinguished areas

      Lessons learned:

  • Equipment not compatible

  • Lack of continuous water supply

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3. Expert body

EФA offers expertise to third parties:

  • DG Enterprise request for data regarding fires resulting from electrical applications

  • EФA keen to provide input to collection of EU fire statistics

  • EФA members support initiatives to improve of fire safety of consumer products

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Why working groups?

  • New format due to significant increase in participants – allow & stimulate discussion

  • 3 Working groups (presentations, discussion, results)

    • Statistics

    • Domestic & hotel fire prevention

    • Communication to consumers & vulnerables

  • Presentation on Friday (reporting back, discussion, next steps):

    • Clear objectives

    • Concrete actions moving forward

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What we want to achieve today & tomorrow

Working groups to present specific objectives & concrete actions:

  • Statistics: How can we realistically acquire reliable data?

  • Domestic & hotel fire prevention: How can we improve fire prevention?

  • Communication to consumers & vulnerables: How can we upgrade communications?

    For your discussions:

  • How can we support the European Commission?

  • Should we include the “effects of climate change on our duties” as a 4th priority?

  • How can we attract new members from southern Europe?

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What we have done since Paris

  • We have presented EФA to Meglena Kuneva, European Commissioner for Consumer Protection

  • We have established close dialogue with DG SANCO

  • We are invited to meet with Arlene McCarthy Chair of the Consumer Affairs Committee of the European Parliament in October

  • We have supported ACFSE in

    • TV burn demonstration in The Hague in April

    • UF burn demonstration in Delft in June

  • We have introduced visiting programmes

  • We have had regular contact amongst ourselves

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Achievements & Outlook

René Hagen

EФA Vice President

11 September 2008