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THE EUROPEAN FIRE ACADEMY. Achievements & Outlook Ren é Hagen E Ф A Vice President 11 September 2008. What we are. E Ф A is : an informal platform for those interested in fire services and catastrophe management – an “Academy” the exchange of be st practices

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the european fire academy


Achievements & Outlook

René Hagen

EФA Vice President

11 September 2008

what we are
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

informal platform
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

2 best practices
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

merseyside london
Merseyside / London
  • Fire safety within the community
  • Similar initiatives in the Netherlands (Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Amersfoort)

fatal hotel fire attacks on services in paris
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

schiphol detention centre burn nl
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)

european cooperation budapest fire brigade
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

3 e xpert body
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

why working groups
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

what we want to achieve today tomorrow
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?

what we have done since paris
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