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The major gathering VdS-FireSafety Cologne has been cancelled this year due to the Corona pandemic.

Covid-19: No VdS-FireSafety Cologne 2020 – but expert conferences will take place!

VdS-FireSafety Cologne has been cancelled for the first time, due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The eight expert conferences on topics of fire protection and safety, otherwise staged as accompanying events, will be held nevertheless.

Cologne, June 2020. For the first time in nine years, the popular VdS-FireSafety Cologne – the annual end-of-year gathering, which had been scheduled for 2nd and 3rd December this year – has been cancelled. The reason for this decision was the great uncertainty about the further course of the Covid-19 pandemic and the accompanying measures, which affects the VdS Training Centre as the organizer just as much as the visitors and exhibitors.

Interested visitors do not have miss out on the entire programme, however, because the expert conferences that are normally staged on the occasion of VdS-FireSafety Cologne will be held nevertheless.

The major gathering VdS-FireSafety Cologne has been cancelled this year due to the Corona pandemic.

The major gathering VdS-FireSafety Cologne has been cancelled this year due to the Corona pandemic.

“The decision to cancel VdS-FireSafety Cologne was by no means easy for us,” emphasised Lars Braun, Deputy Divisional Director of the VdS Training Centre. “But protecting the health of our visitors and exhibitors has top priority for us. Added to this were fears that this major event and its accompanying program could not be carried out in the accustomed high quality if – as was to be expected – visitor restrictions, extensive safety measures and social distancing rules were to be observed. We have therefore decided to give our exhibitors and visitors a clear perspective with the greatest possible planning security as early as possible. We are now looking forward all the more to welcoming them again next year to the lively and varied VdS-FireSafety Cologne, which we all know and greatly value.”


The expert conferences will take place

The eight VdS expert conferences that had been planned as a part of VdS-FireSafety Cologne 2020 will be staged as live events this year too, with a high-quality up-to-date programme. The VdS Training Centre is attaching great importance to the safety of participants and speakers, and will of course observe all official regulations.

Note: In view of the possible travel restrictions, the VdS expert conference “Fire Extinguishing Systems” – normally staged every two years as a two-day international event – will be held by way of exception on only one day this year, without simultaneous translation.

The expert conferences in overview:

  • Fire Extinguishing Systems
  • Fire Detection and Alarm Systems
  • Voice Alarm Systems
  • Smoke and Heat Exhaust Ventilation Systems
  • 48th Professional Development Seminar for Fire Protection Managers
  • Structural Fire Protection
  • Construction and Fire Protection In NRW
  • Security and Alarm Management

Up-to-date information about the expert conferences can be found at

Digital offer

The VdS Training Centre is currently devising digital offers that will enable exhibitors to present themselves together with their solutions and innovations. You will soon find further information at


The popular annual Vds-Fire Safety exhibition took place on 3rd and 4th December 2019 at the Cologne Exhibition Centre

The event is a well-established meeting and networking venue for all sections of the fire prevention and protection industry. Vds-Fire Safety 2019 is a combination of trade fair, themed forums and expert conferences.

CFPA Europe has very actively participated in the exhibition, particularly at the Vds stand. CFPA-E presented their good practices exchange, training courses, guidelines, educational standards, and conferences in a number of member countries.

This has been the biggest event yet, in terms of participants and conference attendees. A record number of visitors and exhibitors attended. More than 3800 visitors and 130 exhibitors from 20 countries gathered to update their experience, establish contacts., network and attend innovative technical demonstrations of equipment and systems. The conferences were very well attended and generated huge interest.

Big interest for CFPA E


Tommy Arvidsson, CFPA E and Frank Euler, VdS in the booth at FeuerTRUTZ exhibition in Nuremberg

22-23 February there was a Trade Fair, FeuerTRUTZ Exhibition, in Nuremberg in Germany. CFPA E got a possibility to borrow a corner of VdS (CFPA E’s member in Germany) booth to inform about our organisation and business. Between 400-500 people stoped to get information about us and approximately 60 persons sign for subscription of the Newsletter. ”I had two very busy days but it was great to meet all these people who showed interest of our work”, said Director Tommy Arvidsson. ”I hope we can expose our business in the same way in all countries where we have members”.

CFPA Europe presents itself at VdS-FireSafety Cologne 2016


CFPA Europe will be present at the VdS-FireSafety Cologne 2016 (7th/8th December) – for the first time with our own exhibition booth. We will be happy to inform visitors about our current offers, among them our internationally renowned certificates, our training courses throughout Europe, and our guidelines on European level.
As every year, VdS-FireSafety Cologne will take place in the Cologne Exhibition Centre and comprise a trade fair, six expert conferences – one of them the renowned conference on “Fire Extinguishing Systems” in simultaneous translation German/English –, and the Science and Exhibitors Forum , where universities and exhibitors will hold short presentations. CFPA Europe, too, will participate in the Exhibitors Forum and present our latest topics.

Further information can be found at:

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.



Meet DBI at ESOF 2014 in Copenhagen

DBI is participating at Euroscience Open Forum (ESOF) 2014, which takes place in Copenhagen from June 21-26. On a joint stand with the other GTS institutes (which is a network of nine independent Danish research and technology organizations), Martin Sandau Christiansen from DBI will demonstrate an eight camera multi-view stereo set-up that focuses on human identification based on build and gait. This technique, for instance, can be used to identify perpetrators of crimes.

ESOF is Europe’s largest general science meeting and is held in a European city every second year. The aim of this year’s conference is to reinforce the awareness of European science, technology and innovation. The Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science expects 4,500 delegates and 30,000–50,000 visitors to Science in the City Festival that will take place in the Carlsberg City District during the conference.

Learn more about ESOF 2014 or contact Martin Sandau Christiansen for further information.




As usual, DBI – Danish Institute of Fire and Security Technology participates in the international trade fair SMM 2012, Shipbuilding, Machinery & Marine Technology.

SMM is the leading international trade fair for the marine industry and has visitors and exhibitors from around the world. SMM is held every other year in Hamburg, Germany. This year SMM will take place from 4 – 7 September.

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