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General Assembly 2016

On May 18 and 19, this years General Assembly was held in Madrid. Besides the “official” tasks such as reports, finances and budget the Delegates from 15 member countries had the pleasure to meet Tommy Arvidsson, the new director of CFPA Europe.

We are proud to announce that Austria and Czech Republic have been admitted as new members. Welcome to CFPA-E!Official2016

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 .

April 2016: 2. VdS Conference „Risk Management and Fire Safety” in Istanbul


Second joint conference by VdS, Europe´s No 1 for safety, and the Vienna-based consultancy Risk Experts. // Professionals from different sectors present solutions for fire protection and loss prevention with regional focus on April 25 and 26 in Istanbul.

 Cologne, September 3 2015. On 25 and 26 April 2016, the 2nd international conference of experts on risk management, loss prevention, and fire protection will take place in Istanbul. Having successfully started this project in late 2014, VdS Loss Prevention (Cologne) and Risk Experts (Vienna) are extending their cooperation in this regard.

During the conference over two days, experts from Germany, Austria, and Turkey who gained their experience all over the world will present a variety of topics: fire risks, operational hazards, business interruption along with corresponding protection concepts in the (automotive) industry and power generation, problems and risks of infrastructure projects, damage due to fire and corresponding repair actions, cyber security, and many other topics. Of course, the particular focus will be upon the regional challenges in Turkey.

Robert Reinermann – managing director of VdS Schadenverhütung – and Michael Buser – managing director of Risk Experts – will be pleased to present the conference. Moreover, the participants will get the opportunity to visit the accompanying trade fair presented by German, Austrian, and Turkish companies. Therefore, the conference will be a perfect platform for exchange of experiences on an international level.

The costs for participation amount to EUR 440.00 (plus VAT) per person. You will get an early bird discount of EUR 70.00 for bookings placed before 01 January 2016. Conference languages will be English and Turkish with simultaneous interpreting.

Please contact Ms. Monika Schreiner ( (German / English) or Ms. Nurten Altintas ( (Turkish / English) for more details.

You are interested in the trade fair: please contact Ms. Sudiye Arigün ( (German / Turkish) or Ms. Ingeborg Schlosser ( (German / English).

Look up a résumé of the conference 2014 here:

VdS-FireSafety Cologne: Registration for trade show exhibitors now available


The 4th VdS-FireSafety Cologne will take place on the 2nd and 3rd of December, and as usual in the Cologne Exhibition Centre. // A trade show for the industry and a meeting point for its members, combined with five of the renowned VdS conferences and two forums. // The opportunity is now available for interested exhibitors to secure exhibition space.

Cologne, 08. April 2015. Always in December, and always in the Rhineland – The VdS-FireSafety Cologne has established itself in just three years as an important date in the calendar of the industry, over 1,600 participants attended the event in 2014. Again in 2015 VdS presents the proven combination of a fire protection exhibition and trade fair, with conferences, various forums, attractive exhibition opportunities for companies and relevant contacts.

Also this year, the VdS team is inviting experts from around the world to Cologne. The VdS-FireSafety Cologne on the 2nd and 3rd of December combines this time the only fire protection trade fair in the Rhineland with the five well-known VdS conferences (“Fire Extinguishing Systems”, “Fire Detection and Alarm Systems”, “Smoke and Heat Exhaust Ventilation Systems”, “Enduring Fire Protection of Existing Buildings” and the traditional two-day Development Seminar for fire Protection Manager). Exhibitors will meet both the numerous visitors as well as all of the participants of the VdS-FireSafety Cologne, they also have the opportunity to participate with presentations at the exhibitor forum.

“We are very excited about the recent success of our concept and expect in 2015 a new record amount of visitors,” says Lars Braun, the organiser responsible for one of the industry’s annual highlights, “with the proven combination of a conference with stimulus and product presentations from research and implementation, we are now the relevant forum for organisational and structural fire protection and most notably for fire protection using automatic systems” Interested companies can now register as an exhibitor at the trade fair. Further information can be found at:

Full press release

Memorandum of Understanding

MoUCFPA Europe is proud to announce that two Memorandums of Understanding have been signed: one with the Federation of the European Union Fire Officer Associations (FEU) and another one with the International Association of Fire and Rescue Services (CTIF).

Both documents state that there is a common mission of advancing fire related issues through the exchange of experience and information and the intention to work together to jointly promote the adoption of global best practices in the areas of fire prevention and all-hazards response and mitigation and related fire and life safety initiatives and services. Whenever possible, the respective presidents and executive directors / secretaries attend and actively participate in each organization’s conferences and meetings and to cooperatively advance the goals and objectives of each organization through jointly agreed upon projects and programs.

3rd VdS-FireSafety Cologne

VdS-FireSafety1 International expert meeting in the Rhineland

More than 1,600 fire protection experts were welcomed at the VdS-FireSafety event in the Cologne fair. // VdS, Europe´s No. 1 for corporate security and safety, combined the only fair for fire safety in the Rhineland with four of the most important VdS conferences and two forums. // The next event is already fixed: VdS again invites participants to Cologne for the 2nd and 3rd December 2015.

Cologne, December 18th 2014. More than 1,600 visitors from 20 countries were welcomed at this year’s VdS-FireSafety Cologne. On 9th and 10th December, the event – arranged by Europe´s No. 1 institute for fire protection – presented several highlights: Established as well as new solutions from industry and research were shown to more than 1,000 experts in the conferences for fire extinguishing systems (international), fire detection and alarm systems, smoke and heat exhaust ventilation systems, as well as during the traditional 2 days of professional development for fire protection managers. At the same time, 90 renowned exhibitors introduced their products and innovations at the only fair for fire safety in the Rhineland. Moreover, experts from several research establishments and specialist firms presented more than 30 lectures at the integrated forum for science and exhibitors.

Lars Braun, the VdS expert in charge of this major event, states gladly: “The VdS-FireSafety Cologne has, within only 3 years, become a very important sector meeting point – demonstrated by the fact there were 1,600 participants from all over the world. It’s great that we could present so many opportunities for knowledge exchange to so many experts from industry, authorities and research centers.” Next year VdS will again invite participants to this comprehensive forum for optimum fire safety. “We are looking forward to welcoming the experts once more in 2015”, says Braun. “At the Cologne fair on December 2nd and 3rd; we will once again present the trade fair, the forum for science and exhibitors, and five VdS conferences – four dealing with the established topics of fire protection systems and organisational fire protection, and a new one on `Fire protection for existing buildings´”.

In more than 25 expert conferences per year with a wide range of training courses, VdS pools 100 years of experience in the field of fire protection.

Caption VdS_FireSafety 1: More than 90 renowned exhibitors presented their innovations for optimal protection at the VdS FireSafety Cologne.

Caption VdS_FireSafety 2: Cologne Mayor Hans Werner Bartsch (CDU, 2nd from right) with Robert Reinermann, VdS Managing Director (2nd from left), Ingeborg Schlosser, Head of the VdS Training Center, and Lars Braun, the expert in charge of the fair organisation.

About VdS

VdS is one of the world’s most renowned and prestigious institutions for corporate security and safety, specialising in fire protection, security and natural disaster prevention. Our services include risk assessments, on-site inspections, certifications of products, companies and specialists, and a comprehensive training and publication programme.

The VdS seal of approval enjoys an excellent reputation in professional circles and among decision makers. VdS’ clients include industrial and commercial businesses in all industries, leading international manufacturers, system houses and professional specialists, as well as risk-conscious banks and insurers.

For further information please see:

VdS – Inspected. Approved. Safe.


International Conference “Fire Extinguishing Systems”

VdS_Fire Safety2Topics of the international conference “Fire Extinguishing Systems” are now available online. // The 3rd VdS Fire Safety Cologne (on 9th and 10th of December in Cologne, Germany) combines four of the most important VdS conferences, a science forum and the only fair for fire protection in the Rhineland.

Read the press release here

Successful General Assembly in Copenhagen


On 20-24th May 2014, 34 CFPA members met in Copenhagen for the annual General Assembly of CFPA Europe, Asia and International. Several continents were represented with participants coming from a number of European countries, from different Asian countries as well as Australia and the USA.

For CFPA Europe, the strategy was updated to increase focus on customer centered services, cooperation and endorsement, lobbying, promotion, CFPA International, and membership and network. The goal of the renewed strategy is to professionalize the organization and to achieve greater involvement from the member organizations.

In addition to the General Assembly, the professional program included a fire conference and a visit to an educational center for fire & rescue services in Sweden.


Jesper Ditlev was confirmed as Chairman, and Ingeborg Schlosser, Anders Bergkvist and Guillaume Savornin were reelected. Besides, a new Commission (Promotion) was established. The new members of the management committee are as follows:

– Miguel Vidueira, Guidelines Commission (replacing Matti Orrainen)
– Sue Tyley, Training Commission (replacing Howard Passey)
– Jim Glockling, Research Commission (replacing Per-Erik Johansson)
– Mirna Rodriguez, Promotion Commission

 Social program

Additionally to the professional program, the participants went on sightseeing trips in both Copenhagen and Swedish Helsingborg, and also enjoyed a night in the famous Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen. The atmosphere was very good, and also judged from some of the comments received afterwards, the CFPA meetings were a great success.

“I would like to thank you and DBI for the perfect organization, the gifts and the marvellous days we have passed in Copenhagen. I think I may speak for all participants.”

“Thanks a lot for all the perfect organization managed by DBI during these CFPA days. It will be difficult to host the next GA and compete at such a level.”