Monthly Archives: April 2021


VdS-FireSafety Cologne 2021 – no-risk booking for exhibitors

With expert conferences, a trade fair and free-of-charge themed forums again this year: VdS-FireSafety Cologne will provide an attractive setting for exhibitors at Koelnmesse on 8th and 9th December 2021. Exhibit spaces can now be booked.

Cologne/Germany, April 08th, 2021. The VdS Training Centre is looking to December with optimism and expects to be able to stage VdS-FireSafety Cologne 2021 once more complete with a trade fair, themed forums and high-calibre expert conferences. After the trade fair had to be cancelled last December, VdS-FireSafety Cologne is again providing exhibitors and visitors with a versatile setting for expert discussions.

Zero-risk option for exhibitors

VdS-FireSafety Cologne is one of the foremost annual events in the industry for fire prevention and protection; it is renowned for its high-calibre trade visitors. This trade fair thus offers providers from the field of fire prevention and protection the ideal setting for presenting their products and services to interested expert visitors. The venue is the familiar Koelnmesse fair site. Booths can now be booked with immediate effect for 8th and 9th December 2021.

Since the Corona situation is still rather unpredictable in 2021, the VdS Training Centre is providing a zero-risk option: exhibitors can cancel their participation in the trade fair free of charge up until 31st August 2021.


Tours of the trade fair arouse interest in the solutions from exhibitors in the fields of fire protection systems, and structural and organizational fire protection.

Much attention, favourable terms

An exhibition area with a complete trade fair booth can be booked for as little as €232.50/m² for the entire duration of the event.

In addition, all exhibitors are invited to stage live demonstrations, and particularly striking displays can be included as stations in the guided tours of the fair. The Exhibitor Forum in the exhibition hall also offers an attractive platform for presenting new products, technical features and services.

Further advantages are the free admission vouchers for customers, and the perfect opportunities for networking with domestic and international participants.

For further information:


New event 29 April 2021 for the first time: the VdS-BrandSchutzTalk (VdS-Fire Safety Talk)

During the evento the xperts share knowledge, experiences and perspectives on current industry topics. For interested spectators, participation is free of charge, registration at  is sufficient.

These are the topics on April 29:

Talk 1 – 09:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Verifications for fire alarm project planning in normative border areas
Moderator: Carsten Meißner, Siemens AG
Experts: Torsten Pfeiffer, VdS Schadenverhütung GmbH; Prof. Dr. Jörg Reintsema, Dr. Reintsema Ingenieur GmbH; Dr. Simon Trippler, GTE; Dieter Hennig, Siemens AG

Talk 2 – 11:15 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Protection concepts for flammable liquids
Moderator: Carsten Tormöhlen, Allianz Technical Experts
Experts: Frank Bieber, VdS Schadenverhütung GmbH; Stefan Falk, CALANBAU Brandschutzanlagen GmbH; Thorsten Gieseke, Minimax Europe/FSG; Torsten Wagner, Wagner Group GmbH

Talk 3 – 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Partitioning systems in practice
Moderator: Hardy Rusch, VdS Schadenverhütung GmbH
Experts: Thomas Krause-Czeranka, MPA NRW; Marc Zimmermann, Zapp-Zimmermann GmbH; Dipl.-Ing. Ingo Heinsch, Löschmann + Partner; Knut Czepuck, Supreme Building Inspectorate NRW

If you feel like it, register for free to follow the talks live on your own computer!


Agora of Security Directors


The co-construction of the concept of security and safety is essential, according to Christophe Ramy, Head of the Security Division, Health & Safety Division ITER Organization and President of the Agora club of Southeast Security Directors.

For Guillaume Savornin – Chief Executive Officer of CNPP, people are indeed at the heart of risk management and control.
Yannick Grivaud, for his part, underlines the need for education around regulations and the sharing of good practices.

What then are the challenges of training?
How do you adapt humans to solving complex problems?
How to educate the employee at the request of specific training?
How to develop training to increase interest and be as close as possible to the reality on the ground?
How to support in the continuity of anticipation and prevention?

Answers in the REPLAY


VdS updates Guidelines for safe control and indicating equipment

VdS 2540 for reliable CIE comprehensively revised – including precise performance characteristics for risk minimisation in the control and activation of alarm valve stations and in fault monitoring.

Cologne/Germany, April 6th, 2021. The “brain” of every fire alarm system: control and indicating equipment (CIE). This is where all information from the monitored areas comes together, where processes such as alarming, clearing an object and, above all, the triggering of connected extinguishing systems are coordinated. VdS has been testing these devices since they were first used in Europe – and is bundling the experience gained over all this time into the product Guidelines VdS 2540.

The compact publication (16 pages) has now been extensively revised. “New features include a separate test for degraded transmission paths”, explains Frank Schäfer, VdS product manager responsible for the update.” And as a direct customer request, we have now also specified requirements for the switchover valves for the triggering of alarm valve stations, and added performance characteristics for fire brigade indication panels. This makes it easier for manufacturers to produce high-quality CIE; while installers, operators, insurers as well as authorities can fully rely on its safe application.”

The new VdS 2540 are provided free of charge by Europe’s largest and oldest testing institute for fire protection technology. You can find the “Requirements and test methods for control and indicating equipment” at

Caption 2540: VdS compresses loss prevention experience from thousands of laboratory as well as on-site tests in the product Guidelines 2540, “Control and indicating equipment”. Aim: Reliable risk minimisation as well as safeguarding for manufacturers, installers, operators, insurers and authorities.

About VdS:

VdS is one of the world’s most renowned institutions for corporate safety and security. 500 experts offer a unique range of services for fire protection, security, cyber-security and natural hazard prevention.

Services include risk assessments, testing and certification, inspections, information systems for natural hazards and an extensive training program. In addition, the independent institute sets international safety and security standards with the publication of a comprehensive set of Guidelines.

The optimal protection of our partners is based on a worldwide unique protection concept whose reliability builds on more than 110 years of VdS-experience, combining all core aspects of loss prevention.
Decision-makers around the world rely on VdS-approved reliability and

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