SEGURTECNIA magazine has awarded its prestigious Annual Award of Security during the celebration of the twenty-seventh edition of its ‘Security Luncheon’. This event counted with the assistance of more than 500 professionals from the sector and was presided by Miguel Ángel Fernández Rancaño, acting as president of the Technical Assessor Board for the magazine.
The Training Commission of the European Confederation of Fire Protection Associations (CFPA Europe) that was supported and presided by CEPREVEN during its first thirteen years of activity was awarded the Trophy for Training in Security for the work it has done during these thirty one years. During this time the organization has created common Educational Programs and globalized Diplomas and Certificates around sixteen countries. This has meant that the technicians that work in Prevention and Protection against Fires can have similar knowledge in any of the countries that have associations that are related to these programs.
Jesper Ditlev, President of the CFPA-E, received this award from the Secretary of State for Security, Francisco Martínez Vázquez, together with the first President of the Training Commission, Miguel Ángel Saldaña, former Director of CEPREVEN. The latter expressed his gratitude in the name of the European Confederation of Fire Protection Associations for the trophy and expressed his satisfaction at the recognition this meant for the hard work of the associations in the different countries, with special emphasis in thanking CEPREVEN. He encouraged all the European associations for the continuation of quality education with common and globalized European bases, in benefit of security.
Savings generated by hot work safety training in the past 25 years amount to millions of euros in Finland
Hot work safety training is an excellent example of what can be achieved by extensive safety training. Before such training began in the late 1980s, hot work caused up to 40 percent of all major fires in Finland. Today, the figure is 5 percent. Over the years, more than 900 000 people have completed the training. The hot work safety training is supervised and developed by the hot work committee of the Finnish National Rescue Association (SPEK).
The hot work training course teaches participants how to prevent fires at temporary hot work sites. However, some of the practices can be extended to other parts of the worksite environment. The training includes emergency extinguishing practise also.
In the past 25 years, more than 910 000 persons have learned about practical fire safety on one or several hot work safety training courses. Those who successfully complete the training are granted a hot work licence, which is valid for five years. After this time the training must be renewed. There are currently over 400 000 valid hot work licence-holders throughout Finland.
Thanks to hot work safety training, the proportion of major fires caused by hot work has been cut from 40 to 5 percent. Based on this, it can be calculated that the training has contributed to material savings amounting to hundreds of millions of euros, as fires have either been completely avoided or workers have been able to extinguish them before major damage could be done. It is also reasonable to assume that the training has saved lives.
At present, hot work safety training courses are taught by 1200 trainers. Nearly half of the trainers are teachers working for educational institutions, and most hot workers complete the training as part of their vocational studies. For the needs of foreign workers, training materials have in the 2000s been translated into various languages, including English, Russian, Polish, and Estonian.
The hot work safety training is supervised and developed by the hot work committee of the Finnish National Rescue Association (SPEK). In addition to SPEK, the committee includes representatives of The Federation of Finnish Financial Services and The Finnish Association of Fire Chiefs. SPEK maintains a training register and monitors training quality.
As part of the celebration of 175 years of voluntary fire brigards in Turku, the chairmen of CFPA Europe, FEU and CTIF met and discussed about the future (Europe 2025), collaboration and common topics to work on.
The successful meeting was hosted by Mr. Pentti Partanen.
Eurofire is “the” European Fire Safety Engineering Conference held in a European Country every two years.
The Swiss Fire Protection organization is proud to be Platinum sponsor of this years Eurofire Conference that will be held this year on October 9 and 10 in Basel, Switzerland.
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