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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.

communication@elipyka.org – https://elipyka.org/conference
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: https://bst.vds.de/en/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 https://vds.de/en/training-center/fire-extinguishing-systems-2021


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 https://cfpa-e.eu/cfpa-europe-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 www.bvs-ooe.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 https://vds.de/en/


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.”


Ferries must be secured against fire in electric cars


A new challenge on ferries is fires in electric cars, which cannot be handled in the same way as on land. A new Danish project will therefore create operational, concrete recommendations for shipping companies on how to design fire strategies for electric cars on ferries.

A fire in an electric or plug-in hybrid vehicle’s battery is a challenge, because it is difficult to switch off the engine and fire can flare up again long after the vehicle has been switched off. A burning battery also emits large amounts of the toxic and corrosive gas hydrogen fluoride, which makes the area dangerous for people and makes the extinguishing work difficult. On land, this has led to, among other things, special extinguishing equipment and specific instructions for responding to fires in electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles.

But what if it happens on a ferry? How can you fight the fire and protect the ferry, passengers and crew? This is the central question in a new Danish project, ELBAS (Electric Vehicle Fires at Sea: New Technologies and Methods For Suppression, Containment, and Extinguishing of Battery Car Fires On Board Ships).

– In line with the green transition, more electric cars will be added to the roads and ferries, and the demand for charging during crossings will increase. The risk is small, but errors in cables or incorrect operation can lead to fires while charging, just as other cars or equipment in cars can catch fire and spread to electric cars, says Carsten Møller, business developer at DBI – the Danish Institute of Fire and Security Technology .

On-land methods do not work

As the challenge with electric cars is relatively new and growing, and as rules and guidelines in the maritime area are several years in the pipeline, there are no direct guidelines in this area. There are also no major changes to the rules and guidelines for fires in the pipeline that could include how to handle electric cars. There is therefore no prospect of the challenge being resolved in the normal way, with regulations and guidelines, thus, shipping companies must use risk and function-based solutions if the challenge is to be met.

The new project is concrete and operative, and will result in tangible recommendations for how shipping companies can organise themselves and handle fires in electric cars on a car deck.

– On a ferry, you cannot call the emergency services and get them to solve the problem. There are only the crew. And you can’t use the known methods from land to roll the burning electric car off the road and ask people to go somewhere else. High-speed ferries are also made of aluminium, which can burn, says Møller.

Meeting this challenge requires a holistic approach. DBI therefore looks at which suitable technical solutions are available and how the crew handles a fire in an electric car on board.

Foam and burnt electric car

In the technical area, DBI examines the existing fire extinguishing technologies to determine how suitable – or unsuitable – they are for electric cars and whether they can be used by a crew on a ferry.

– We know that classic firefighting with water is not optimal. Therefore, we must look at the possibilities of using  foam, for example, or specially developed systems in connection with containers, Møller says, elaborating:

– If you’re going to assess whether the technical solutions work satisfactorily, you need to know how a fire in an electric car behaves. That’s why we are also burning a used electric car to investigate how a fire progresses if you don’t fight it. This will provide data that can pave the way for the modelling of a fire on a car deck, which can be used to visualise and investigate how water, foam and other extinguishing methods affect the fire.

Crew training and on-board drill

On the human side, DBI will investigate what concerns and thoughts the crew has about fires in electric vehicles.

– When we know what they believe and think about battery fires, we can determine what training they need and whether they need to do other drills or perhaps learn a completely new type of fire fighting. In addition, we must investigate whether the crew should load the car decks in a different way, what they see on the car deck, and whether we can help them recognise the small signs that a fire is about to start, says Møller and continues:

– In addition, we will carry out a fire drill on an older ferry to see what happens and how a fire scenario plays out in the real world.

Specific solutions and international interest

With the project, DBI will provide shipping companies with an overview of solutions and specific instructions on how to design a realistic, appropriate fire strategy for electric cars on a ferry. Shipping companies are requesting this knowledge today, and this is not just a Danish challenge.

– All ferries and shipping companies will face this challenge, and we can see that there is international interest in the project. The European Maritime Safety Agency is part of the project’s follow-up group, and we will also involve other international stakeholders in the project’s workshops, says Møller.


Counting the weeks till VdS-FireSafety Cologne 2021 (8th and 9th December 2021)

On 8th and 9th December 2021 in Cologne fire prevention and protection experts will finally be able to meet face to face again. The event will combine expert conferences, a trade fair and free-of-charge themed forums again this year.

Cologne, October 2021.

VdS-FireSafety Cologne 2021 will be staged once more complete with a trade fair, themed forums and high-calibre expert conferences. International experts are looking forward to finally meeting in person again.

Seven expert conferences

VdS-FireSafety Cologne is one of the industry’s most important events of the year for structural, organisational and technical fire prevention and protection and is renowned for its high-calibre specialist audience. This is due not least to the conferences with their in-depth expert knowledge, which take place in the rooms around the exhibition hall.

International expert conference “Fire Extinguishing Systems”

This year’s “Fire Extinguishing Systems” expert conference is a two-day event with an international focus (as in every second year). It 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 https://vds.de/en/training-center/fire-extinguishing-systems-2021

Many exhibitors, among them CFPA Europe

The international trade fair will offer a perfect environment for networking and exchange of ideas. About 90 exhibitors from 10 countries will present their innovations and solutions. CFPA Europe will be one of them. Visitor get the chance to meet director Tommy Arvidsson and many other CFPA-representatives.

For further information: vds.de/fire-safety

Comprehensive hygiene concept

The safety of all those present is ensured: a comprehensive hygiene concept is in place in the exhibition hall and in the specialist conference halls, which provides the best possible protection for all those present. For details: https://bst.vds.de/en/exhibition/hygienic-concept/



Forest fires and building resilience / Webinar by ELIPYKA and CFPA-Europe, on Thursday 21 October 16:00-17:00 CEST

The Hellenic Institute for Fire Protection of Structures (ELIPYKA), in collaboration with the Confederation of Fire Protection Associations – Europe (CFPA-E) is organizing a webinar entitled:

Forest fires and building resilience

on Thursday 21 October 16:00-17:00 CSET (Central European Summer Time)

Τhe webinar is free for all and will be in English. To subscribe press here.

Central European Summer Time (UTC+2)

  • 16:00    Introduction, George Mylonakis, General Manager ELIPYKA
  • 16:05    Salutation, Sofia Karma, Dr. Chemical Engineer NTUA, on behalf of the Secretary General of Ministry of Environment and Energy.
  • 16:10    Confederation of Fire Protection Associations – Europe (CFPA-E): our mission,
    Tommy Arvidsson, Manager CFPA-Ε
  • 16:15    Current works in the Natural Hazards Commission (NHC),
    Dr.-Ing. Mingyi Wang, Chair of Natural Hazards Commission, CFPA Europe,
    German Insurance Association, Property and Engineering Insurance, Loss prevention, Statistics, Manager Loss Prevention Property
  • 16:20   The CFPA Guideline “Forest Fires”,
    Miguel Vidueira, member of Natural Hazards Commission, CFPA Europe, Technical Director, Cepretec, Ισπανία
  • 16:35    Forest fires in Italy,
    Dott. Guido G. Zaccarelli, member of Natural Hazards Commission, CFPA Europe,
    Consigliere nazionale AIAS – Associazione professionale Italiana Ambiente e Sicurezza, Ιταλία
  • 16:50    Natural Hazards and climate change.
    Dr.-Ing. Mingyi Wang
  • 16:55    Resilience of Buildings at the Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI)
    Dr. Yiannis Kontoulis, President ELIPYKA

Fire Safety Challenges of Timber Buildings – The program of the SZPV & CFPA Europe conference (Wednesday, September 15th, 2021)

About the Conference

It is estimated that globally, two billion square meters of new building stock are needed every year between now and 2025, especially for housing. Global carbon dioxide emissions have increased by almost 50% since 1990, and as it is seen, in the search for sustainable development, timber buildings seem to take precedence. In addition to environmental friendliness, timber buildings pose some additional risks, such as fire safety.

The online conference will bring together a multidisciplinary group of leading engineers and researchers in the domain of fire risk assessment, building design, and construction. Agenda topics will include design objectives, practical experiences, and research. The conference will provide time for facilitated discussion and dialogue.

Conference fee and registration: 50 € plus VAT, Register today: https://forms.gle/z99vg3RTYYDGywaY9

Conference program

09.45 – Registration

10.00 – 10.15: Conference Openings

  • Milan Hajduković, president of SZPV
  • Tommy Arvidsson, director of CFPA Europe

Panel 1: 10.15 – 11.00: Design Objectives for Timber buildings – Codes, guidelines, and fire risk evaluations

  • Björn Karlsson, Associate Professor, University of Iceland & CFPA Europe: Comparing the Fire Risk in a Timber Frame Building and a Concrete Frame Building – Design Strategies to diminish fire risk

11.00 – 11.10 Coffe break / Time for sponsor presentations

Panel 2: 11.10 – 12.30: Practical experiences

  • Nik Kumer, Bruno Dujič: Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) – Fire Safety depends on Details
  • Srečo Klemenčič: Fire stopping of service installations in timber fire separating elements
  • Aleš Jug: Firefighting in timber buildings
  • Nataša Knez, ZAG: Improvement of reaction to fire properties of wood by treatment with mineralization

12.30 – 12.45 Coffe break / Time for sponsor presentations

Panel 3: 12.45 – 13.30: Research and Future Steps

    • Robert Pečenko, Tomaž Hozjan (UL FGG) in Sabina Huč (UL FKKT): Fire resistance of timber structures – research and development of design methods
    • Friderik Knez, ZAG: Boosting fire research in Slovenia and South Central Europe with EU funded ERA Chair

13.30 – 14.00 Wrapping up the conference – discussion + Q&A