There are 25 safety regions in the Netherlands. The fire stations work together within these safety regions. For example, maintenance and central purchasing of equipment is provided for each region, firefighters are trained and retrained and exercises are organized. Because the forces work together, certain tasks are performed more efficiently and more tasks are tackled jointly. In the event of major incidents and disasters, we also quickly deploy sufficient people and resources through joint control rooms.
Less fires, fewer victims, less damage
No fire department is the same. There are subjects that every force has to deal with, such as response times, the reduction of empty reports, wildfires and operational management. We will tackle this nationally, with an eye for regional differences. Whether it concerns rules and guidelines, methods and equipment or knowledge and quality. This is done unanimously and decisively within the Netherlands Fire Service. With the aim: less fires, fewer victims, less damage.
Fire brigade Netherlands: one program, five task fields
The Netherlands Fire Service is an alliance of all fire brigades, led by the Council of Fire Commanders (RBC). The 25 regional fire commanders together form this council. The RBC has an executive committee with a chairman and five program leaders. The program leaders are each responsible for the task areas of the National Fire Service Program:
- Risk Management and Fire Safe Living
- Incident response
- Professional competence and knowledge
- Crisis management
- People and management
Representatives within the FEU
Diemer is director and Regional Commander at Veiligheidsregio Noord- en Oost-Gelderland in The Netherlands. Connect to Diemer through Linkedin
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Events by this association
Do you want to keep up with the latest developments in firefighting at home and abroad? Then keep 7 and 8 October free in your agenda. More than 30 interesting and educational sessions are scheduled. The full programme will follow soon. We will meet each other digitally in any case, and if the weather allows it, even in real life. Switch on whenever you want and get inspired!Read more
Fireman's humour: culture and processing What role does humour play within the fire service culture in general and specifically when dealing with major incidents? Researcher Karin Dangermond/NL investigated this as part of her PhD research. The article with the results was published in HUMOR International Journal of Humour Research.
18 European fire officers will embark on the Officer Development Programme.
Wildfires are becoming more intense and more frequent, ravaging communities and ecosystems in their path. Recent years have seen record-breaking wildfire seasons across the world from Australia to the Arctic to North and South America. With global temperatures on the rise, the need to reduce wildfire risk is more critical than ever.
The Federation of EUropean fire officers, together with the Lithuanian National Fire Officers Alliance and the Rimantas Kaukenas Foundation, is urgently requesting help for Ukrainian firefighters.
Last week, 18 European fire officers started the Officer Development Programme (ODP). The goal of the programme is to gain a better understanding of the strategic issues that are important for the fire service in Europe, now and in the future. The participants worked on their individual leadership skills and worked together on strategic assignments.
Since the beginning of the war between Russia and Ukraine, the FEU has been intensively working to help the State Emergency Service Ukraine by actively matching supply and demand of firefighting equipment. The FEU has first line contact to Ukrainian fire officers and knows how to convey the needs directly to its network. This week there was an online meeting between the general Serhiy Kruk and his deputies from the State Emergency Service of Ukraine and the FEU presidium.
International Firefighters’ Day is observed each year on 4th May. On this date you are invited to remember the past firefighters who have died while serving our community or dedicated their lives to protecting the safety of us all.