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The Fire Protection Association invites to a webinar with the title “Cladding and facades demystified”.

The webinar will identify the composition of most common external wall systems used in buildings, and try to answer questions such as:
– Do membranes matters?
– What happen if there is a space behind the cladding?
– How do cavity barriers link to cladding?
– etc.

The webinar will also explore how materials that are put on external walls of buildings can be tested. They will also talk about the importance of non-combustible material.

Date and time: 3 February at 10:30 GMT (equal to 11:30 CET)
Duration: 1.5 hour
Language: English
Free registration.

Read more about this webinar and register on the FPA’s website:
https://www.thefpa.co.uk/events/webinars/cladding-and-fa-ades-demystified

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A fire risk assessment method for electrical rooms in industrial environments

ANPI, the Belgian association for fire and intrusion protection,  recently developed a fire risk assessment tool for electrical rooms in industrial environments, where each room or piece of electrical equipment is considered in term of its fire safety, its intrinsic safety and its essential nature for the company’s activity.

The aim of this tool is above all to compare different situations and not to extrapolate the global results to all the premises and electrical equipment of a company; in this case, more safety factors would have to be considered.

The level of safety is not something that can be taken for granted and permanent.

The law of 4 August 1996 on well-being at work requires dynamic safety management, the correction of negative points and the regular evaluation of the taken measures. With this tool, ANPI offers an easier assessment method to safety officers and managers, better suited to the risks inherent in electrical premises and substations.

From our inspectors’ experience, it appears that the most significant shortcomings concern codes compliance, in particular to the requirements for maintenance, initial inspection at commissioning and periodic inspection of installations by third-party organisations. These common non-conformities to the standards are considered by this method and have a direct impact on the weighting given to a room or a substation.

This method is dedicated to assess substations, high-voltage cabins, rooms with transformers, control rooms and similar equipments and rooms.

The developed model:

  • assesses both the fire risk due to the condition of the room, the electrical equipment, the configuration of the installation and the consequent risk to the company in the event of loss of the equipment or installation;
  • is relevant to both new and existing installations;
  • takes a proactive approach;
  • easily highlights shortcomings and deficiencies, in particular those linked to the lack of maintenance or inspection by a third party on automatic fire protection installations, which gives a false sense of security and de facto imply the non-compliance of these installations with the standards.

By using a checklist, the user can determine the highest risks from the scores obtained, analyse the causes and improve the lowest scores by implementing additional material and/or organisational protection measures.

The score obtained for each room makes it possible to determine the acceptable or unacceptable level of the means implemented and determine if fixed fire extinguishing systems, which can be very costly, are required or not.

How to apply the method

Use the checklist table:

  • under the headings “Subject” and “Criterion”, the various points to be checked are listed;
  • under the heading “Observation”, the findings made on site in relation to the subject and the criteria to be checked;
  • under the heading “Parameter & weight”, the various scores that are applicable;
  • the real score will be reported in the “Points” column.

Parameters

The requirements for electrical rooms are mostly based on Belgian regulations, insurers requirements and contracts but also on the experience of our inspectors in auditing and controlling fire protection installations for over 50 years.

Why a specific fire risk assessment method?

This checklist provides a quantified assessment of the fire risk in a specific electrical room or substation. This makes it possible:

  • to compare the risk level of several premises or substations of the same type within a company;
  • to homogenise the approach by determining the main points of attention to be assessed, to determine the weaknesses;
  • and ultimately to resolve the identified shortcomings.

The publication “Fire risk assessment method for electrical rooms in industrial environments” is available in French and Dutch on https://www.anpi.be/en.

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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

CALL FOR PAPERS/PRESENTATIONS

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

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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

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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.

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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

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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:

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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:
https://shop.vds.de/download/vds-3860en/8ae8f9bc-be2a-4070-853b-204a1c19f399

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/

Ferries must be secured against fire in electric cars

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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/

 

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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