International association of fire and rescue service
Fire Prevention: Exchanges Soaring
During its meetings, the CTIF Fire Prevention Commission listens as the host country describes its fire prevention system. This is what happened in Luxemburg in September 2007, when it was explained that the country had no national standards and therefore applied European standards, especially the German DIN or VDE. Prescriptions on fire safety are also initiated from the Inspection of Labour for the so-called “classified establishments” and from the Fire Prevention Office of Luxemburg’s City Career Fire Brigade. General prescriptions - based on Belgian regulations - divide the buildings according to their height. Specific prescriptions – based on French and German regulations - make the difference between non-classified (all sorts of habitations) and classified establishments (ex.: number of persons to be accommodated in a concert hall, surface of an office building...). There are also specific rules - based on the European directive for building materials - for all kinds of architectural / structural cases (e.g. restaurant, cinema, underground parking, etc.).
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Guest speakers are also invited to detail specific aspects of fire prevention such as unprotected steel constructions or how to manage alerts in emergency situations. The co-operation with the Confederation of Fire Protection Associations Europe is also increasing as the CTIF Commission is involved in the production of common safety guidelines to achieve similar interpretation in European countries. The guidelines are primarily intended for those responsible for safety in companies and organisations, but also for rescue services or consultants for instance.
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