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2nd ELIPYKA International Conference for the Fire Protection of Structures – Call for papers / presentations

Don’t miss the great opportunity to learn, communicate and become part of the most important and relevant event in the field of the Fire Protection of Structures.

Location: Thessaloniki, Greece
Venue: Thessaloniki ConcertHall
Date: 20-21 May 2022


Please submit a 300 word abstract for your presentation proposal.

Any subject relevant to Fire Protection of Buildings and Structures in general is welcome for consideration.

We welcome papers /presentations from:
– State organizations
– Universities
– The Fire Brigade
– Testing labs
– Companies
which will add value to participants and upgrade their professional competence, in the field of Fire Protection of Structures.

All speakers will be granted free access to the conference.

Closing deadline is January 31, 2022. –
T. +30 210 300 7554

More information here


VdS-conference “Fire Extinguishing systems” can be booked as livestream!

On 8th and 9th December 2021 the international expert conference on Fire Extinguishing systems will take place online. – The originally planned face-to-face event including the big trade fair has been cancelled due to COVID19-pandemic.

Cologne, November 2021.

The development of the COVID19 pandemic has gained extreme momentum in recent days. The incidences are exploding and events are already being banned in individual federal states of Germany. In view of the current developments, we can no longer hold a face-to-face event with thousands of people in the same high quality and safety that you have come to expect from us.

It is therefore with a heavy heart that we have decided to cancel the VdS-Fire Safety Cologne planned for 8 and 9 December 2021.

The good news: All seven expert conferences can be booked a livestreams

So there will be high-quality specialist information on 8 and 9 December 2021: The expert conferences planned for the VdS-FireSafety Cologne, which feature top-class speakers, will take place: with the complete programme online as a livestream.

For you, this means: You can easily follow the entire programme of the conference from a location of your choice. Questions to the speakers and exchanges with other participants are also possible at any time thanks to the moderated chat.

Registration for the livestreams is open now. Further information on all conferences:

International expert conference “Fire Extinguishing Systems” on 8./9. December 2021

This year’s “Fire Extinguishing Systems” expert conference with an international focus (as in every second year) can be booked as a livestream, too. The programme covers a wide range of current topics relating to the technology and regulation of fire extinguishing systems, as always with a great deal of practical relevance, exciting international application scenarios and opportunities for discussion.

Several of the high calibre lectures will be held by CFPA-experts from Denmark, Spain and Germany.

The conference topics include innovations and new regulations in sprinkler, water mist and gas extinguishing systems, lessons learned from cases of damage with different types of systems, and special protection concepts for lithium-batteries and warehouses.

Simultaneous German-English interpretation will be provided for all lectures.

For more details and registration see


New Member of CFPA Europe: AFPRA from Albania

We are happy to announce that CFPA Europe has got AFPRA from Albania as new member.

AFPRA, the Albanian Fire Protection and Rescue Association, is a new organisation and they became member in two weeks, when CFPA E’s Board had their meeting in Athens. To become a member it is necessary to meet the requirements of non-profit and independence. Read more about membership

Photo: Alban Laci, chairman of AFPRA to the left, and Jesper Ditlev, chairman of CFPA Europe to the right.


IBS Fire Protection and Building Safety Days 2023 in Linz, Austria

Linzer Brandschutz- und Gebäudesicherheitstage 2023

  • international experts as guests in Linz
  • 2-day-congress with special topics on fire protection and building safety
  • evening program for the exchange of experiences in a comfortable atmosphere
  • both days are valid as advanced training for the extension of the fire protection pass
  • with accompanying trade exhibition


A conference that becomes an experience!

Every two years, the IBS – Institut für Brandschutztechnik und Sicherheitsforschung in Linz presents itself to a broad professional audience with an extensive range of services. In the coming year, the „Linzer Brandschutz und Gebäudesicherheitstage“ will be dedicated to the topics of “Calculation Methods and Simulations” and show up new ways in building safety and fire protection. Furthermore, experts will report on the new developments in fire protection.

All further information about the event can be found at, or just scan this QR-Code:



VdS-Approval for Self-Test Devices

Components of Fire Detection Technology are increasingly able to in parts autonomously monitor their performance data or individual functions. VdS now supports manufacturers in having self-test devices objectively and reliably tested.

Cologne/Germany, November 3rd 2021. More and more components in fire detection systems are able to in parts monitor their status data or functions independently. Reliable self-test devices can increase the availability of safety systems and support operators as well as installers in maintenance and servicing. To ensure the necessary quality of these solutions, VdS has developed Guidelines which enable testing and certification.

Bettina Bormann, VdS Product Manager responsible for the new publication, emphasises: “Self-test devices can, for example, monitor individual performance characteristics continuously or at regular intervals, actively as well as passively. In order to evaluate the innovative and diverse solutions in a qualified and standard-compliant manner, we have – as always together with numerous industry experts – developed a procedure for testing and approval.”

The Guidelines VdS 3860, “Self-test devices for components of fire detection and alarm technology – requirements and test methods”, are available free of charge at:

Caption Self-test: Europe’s largest institute for safety offers its new Guidelines for reliable FDAS self-test devices (pictured a test in the German VdS laboratories) free of charge.

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 certainty.

More information at


The Hellenic Institute for the Fire Protection of Structures (ELIPYKA) in collaboration with the Confederation of Fire Protection Associations – Europe (CFPA – E) organized a webinar entitled: Forest fires and buildings resilience, October 21, 2021.

George Mylonakis, making the introduction, referred to the need for a multilevel approach, in response to the question of whether we can do something in Wildland – Urban Interface areas, so that the buildings become more fire resilient.

In particular, he underlined what exactly ELIPYKA is doing with its 7 Commissions, in the direction of this approach.

Dr. Sofia Karma, as a representative of Mr. Efthymios Bakoyannis, Secretary General of Spatial Planning and Urban Environment, of the Ministry of Energy and Environment, gave important information on updating and improving the Fire Protection Regulation.


Tommy Ardvisson gave an overview of the mission of CFPA-E, with its commissions on Natural Hazards, Guidelines, Training, Marketing & Information and Safety, as well as information on CFPA Ambassadors.

Miguel Vidueira presented CFPA Guideline 61 on Forest Fires, which provides information on:

  • How a fire develops and spreads
  • Forest fire prevention techniques
  • Forest Firefighting
  • Life in Wildland – Urban Interface areas, providing practical advice for carrying out activities in the forest and instructions for the minimum distances of structures from it, the distances between chimneys and trees, etc.


Dr. Guido Zaccarelli underlined the dramatic increase of forest fires in Italy, from 2017 onwards and referred to the causes of them, with a detailed statistical analysis and rich evidence.

He then presented a multi-level action plan, of the Italian Administration, which consists of:

  • study and analysis for prevention
  • development of trans-European synergies
  • organization for optimal use of the existing infrastructure, the development of technologies for detection and suppression of fires
  • Suppression with severe law enforcement and penalties for arson-related crimes.


Dr. Mingyi Wang, referred to the strategic focus on “Implementing Adaptation Solutions to the Impact of Climate Change and Sustainability in Managing Extreme Weather Risk” at all levels (local, regional, national and European).


Finally, Dr. Yiannis Kontoulis, starting with the question of how we can save lives and property in Wildland – Urban Interface areas, referred to the views of experts, which are summarized on:

  • securing access to these areas,
  • the use of non-combustible materials A1 and A2 in nearby buildings
  • assessing these areas from fire hazard, creating fire hazard maps

Fire hazard maps, combined with seismic hazard maps and energy saving climate zones, could be what he called the “Resilience Triangle.”