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
14th International Congress Fire Safety & Science
(Inter)national experts present the latest developments, results and insights of recent reseach in the field of Fire Safety Engineering and innovative fire fighting.Read more
FEU signed MoU with OBA
A Memo of Understanding (MoU) to outline the understanding and responsibilities of the FEU and the Organización de Bomberos Americanos (OBA).
Fireman's humour: culture and processing
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.
Launch Officer Development Program
18 European fire officers will embark on the Officer Development Programme.
Spreading like Wildfire: The Rising Threat of Extraordinary Landscape Fires
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.
Help for the Ukrainian firefighters
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.
Officer Development Program 2022, a successful pilot
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.
European Fire Safety Award for the Erasmus+ funded ‘BFireSafe@School’ project
The Leitrim County Council fire service won the prestigious European Fire Safety Award for 2021 for the Erasmus+ funded ‘BFireSafeatSchool’ project at the 6th International Safety Education seminar (www.ises2021.eu) held in Croke Park Dublin recently.
FEU in direct contact with the State Emergency Service Ukraine
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.
4th May - International Firefighters' Day - Ukraine
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.
Research on Flue Gas Cooling
What is the best way to cool flue gases? The Netherlands Institute for Public Safety (NIPV) investigated different methods and extinguishing systems to cool flue gases.
FEU and Metropolitan Fire Chiefs Association sign MoU
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to outline the understanding and responsibilities of the FEU and the Metropolitan Fire Chiefs Association (Metro).
FEU and IAFC sign MoU
A Memo of Understanding (MoU) to outline the understanding of responsibilities of the FEU and the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC).
FEU and CTIF renew MoU
CTIF and FEU renewed their Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at the FEU Council meeting in Madrid on Friday November 4th 2022.
International support for State Emergency Service Ukrain
At the FEU Council meeting on the 4th November 2022, the FEU stood with our international partners IAFC, CTIF and Metro Chiefs/NFPA in support of the Ukrainian State Emergency Service represented by general Sergiy Kruk.