Monthly Archives: October 2015

3rd international VdS fire protection conference in the Netherlands


On June 2, 2016, international fire protection experts present current topics in the Dutch city of Zeist. // 3rd VdS conference “Fire Protection Systems” in the Netherlands. // Registration for the conference exhibition is now possible.

 Cologne, October 2, 2015. 280,000 fires in 2014 and economic losses of up to one billion Euros present enormous challenges for those responsible for fire protection in the Netherlands. As Europe´s number one institute for fire protection, VdS uses its experience gained during far more than 100 years to impart knowledge for optimal safety – especially for experts from the Netherlands at the 3rd VdS conference “Fire Protection Systems”

On June 2nd 2016 in Zeist, the usual variety of speakers from diverse fields will present numerous solutions that are taken from practical experience. Topics of the VdS conference include the certification of fire protection systems in the Netherlands, application possibilities and limits of different system techniques (foam extinguishing systems, gas extinguishing systems), special protection concepts for warehouses and power plants, experience from more than a decade of testing of older sprinkler systems as well as insights from fire tests with lithium ion batteries.

“This is already the 3rd conference in Zeist, and we will offer also in 2016 an exciting information forum for planners, installers and operators of fire protection systems, as well as for fire protection engineers, fire safety officers from all industries and loss prevention experts from the insurance industry”, Hans de Jong, Head of VdS offices Netherlands and Director of the event says. “And the conference exhibition with renowned specialist companies offers also this time the optimal opportunity for the professional exchange of fire protection experts.”

Conference languages are Dutch and English with simultaneous translation. You can find the program of the conference, including registration, at . Registrations as exhibitors are also possible as of now at .

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Fire Security Alert Magazine

The only Belgian serial that addresses fire and theft prevention on the basis of both news and background studies.

Since 2006, ANPI sends a weekly newsletter ’Fire & Security Alert’ to keep its clients and partners informed about ongoing developments in national and European regulation, but also about the evolution of standardization, as well as interesting initiatives concerning fire and theft prevention. This short newsletter refers directly to the original documents without further explanation. In response to the demand of the public, our Newsletter will from now on be complemented by a bimonthly magazine containing our guidance and practical tools in order to manage fire and theft risks.

Through this magazine, ANPI wishes to offer a consistent set of tools: the latest news by our documentary watch, as well the expertise and knowledge from our laboratories, inspection and certification department, and our participation to numerous committees for regulation and standardization.

Fire & Security Alert Magazine will be published 5 times a year in both French and Dutch.

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Successful Fire Prevention Week in Norway

The Norwegian Fire Prevention Week involves almost 1/5 of Norway’s 5 million citizens.

About 250.000 people visited 350 fire stations with open day during Norway’s Fire Prevention Week in September. In addition, over 700.000 people joined a National Fire Drill as a part of the campaign.

The Norwegian Fire Protection Association has arranged fire prevention weeks every year since 1986, every year with main focus at fire safety in homes. Since 2002 they have purebred a concept of open day at the fire stations, where children and their parents can learn about fire and preventive measures. The number of visitors has been growing every year, from less than 100.000 in the beginning to about 250.000 this year.

In 2009 the Norwegian Fire Protection Association introduced the National Fire Drill as a part of the campaign. The National Fire Drill urges schools, kindergartens, companies, public offices and private homes to prepare and conduct a fire drill during the Fire Prevention Week. All participants register their fire drill on the campaign website before the fire drill is held, and also report in an online survey after the campaign.

The short-term goal of the Fire Prevention Week is to influence children to question the fire safety at home. A long-term goal is to increase general knowledge and awareness of fire safety, and to increase frequency and quality of fire drills in both businesses and private households.

The campaign is a cooperation with the Norwegian Directorate for Civil Protection, If P&C Insurance Norway and municipal fire departments all over the country, and generates many positive mentions in both press and social medias.

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Security Crime Statistics

Now crime statistics from seven European countries are available on the CFPA Europe website

September 2015

Criminal statistics are important in tracking trends in crime generally as well as the development of certain types of crime. The incidence of crime (increasing/decreasing) is, for example, relevant to the evaluation of measures taken to prevent crime and as a basis for political decisions. Furthermore, details of specific crimes are important for the development of recommendations to prevent those particular crimes. For example, methods used by intruders are of great interest to manufacturers of locks, intrusion protection systems, etc.

Therefore in most European countries, figures are collected and statistics are published. As the statistics vary in detail from country to country, no summary is available covering data from the whole of Europe. Nevertheless, the information from the different countries is of considerable interest to all those active in the security market, so CFPA Europe has now published a link to security crime statistics from seven European countries on its website. To view this just go to



Qualified personnel – a prerequisite for reliable and efficient Security Systems

Security systems can only be reliable and efficient if they are designed, installed and used by qualified personnel – CFPA Europe has published three new European training schedules for security systems

September 2015

Crime statistics show that there is a growing need for security systems. At the same time, the variety of available systems and techniques makes it a challenge to choose the right system for each application. And last but not least, the basis for good protection is a holistic security concept, developed for the individual application.

Many different persons are involved in the design and installation of security systems, such as those concerned with the process – security consultants, planers and installers of security techniques, but also insurers, authorities (police) and the owner of the client company or organisation (or the individual appointed as responsible for security).

They all need to have knowledge of the different security systems that are available. Therefore CFPA Europe has now developed three new courses for the following security systems:

  • Physical security techniques
  • Intruder alarm systems
  • CCTV (video surveillance systems)

The aim of these courses is to give the participant a basic understanding of the elements and components of the different technical systems. In addition, general requirements and regulations are covered. This imparts a solid understanding of the potential applications and efficacy of integrated solutions employing different security techniques. The knowledge gained is fundamental to the understanding and/or planning of these systems necessary to meet the conclusions of the risk assessment. Knowledge of the tendering process and examples of planning complete each course.

Further information on the training courses and the training organisations offering these courses are available under