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CTIF Sweden

CTIF's work is carried out through thematic commissions and working groups, but also through working groups appointed for a specific purpose. The assemblies consist of participants from several countries and discussions are conducted around current topics connected to firefighting, extrication, risks with new vehicles, dangerous goods, etc.

Each member country of CTIF is encouraged to have a National Committee, which serves as the local chapter of CTIF. The Swedish CTIF committee is the local body of the international CTIF in Sweden. (click to see national statistics and contact info)

The Swedish National CTIF Committee consists if members from several organisations with connection to fire services throughout Sweden.

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  • The committee is responsible for ensuring that tasks which fall on each individual member country in CTIF are carried out correctly and in a well functioning manner.
  • The committee must maintain regular and meaningful contact with the international body of CTIF.
  • The committee shall contribute to the development of Swedish rescue services through cooperation (or on its own initiative), conduct seminars and meetings, develop and strengthen networks, and form working groups in important work areas.
  • The Swedish CTIF committee includes the person who represents the respective committee internationally, as well as a number of key people who come from various organizations connected to the rescue service.

 

The Nordic Cooperation: CTIF Sweden is also a member of a cooperation body along with three other Nordic countries, Norway, Finland and Denmark.  Together the  countries form "The CTIF Nordic Cooperation Committee". Select national representatives aims to meet once per year to discuss issues which concern all countries in the Nordic region. 

 

CTIF Sweden is represented by the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB.se).

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CTIF Round LogoBrief History of CTIF International:  CTIF was founded more than 120 years ago in Paris, in 1900 and therefore received a French name, "Comité Technique International de prevention et d'extinction de Feu".

The main purpose was then, and still to this day is the "Exchange of Knowledge & Experiences".

Today the principal working language of CTIF is English, and the official name of organisation today is "CTIF - International Association of Fire and Rescue Services".

 

Read news on CTIF.org relating to Sweden

 

More information in English about CTIF Sweden will follow. 
Board of Directors for 2022

Chair: Rickard Hansen 

Vice Chair: Tore Eriksson (Former president of CTIF International)

Secretary: Mona Hjortsberg 

 

Board members:

Peter Bergh,  Anneli Skogm Stefan Agnesson (Youth Fire Brigades), Yvonne Näsman (MSB / CTIF Vice President)

WebMaster / page editor: Björn Ulfsson

 

Members & Organization

The members of the Swedish CTIF Committee are:

 

  • Municipal and state authorities
  • Non-profit organizations, as well as other organizations
  • Insurance companies
  • Public Institutions
  • Businesses and corporations who work with activities or tasks that are important for fire protection and/or rescue services.
  • Individuals with a special connection to the area of fire and rescue services can also be members. The board has the option of appointing an individual as an honorary member.

 

The work has traditionally been carried out through physical meetings, often on MSB's premises in Karlstad or Stockholm. Since 2020, the ongoing work has to a large degree been carried out via video conference and e-mail, which makes it easier for members with tight schedules / budgets. 

The work within CTIF is carried out through commissions and working groups. CTIF consists of the following:  (The information needs to be updated)

 

Commissions:

  • Fire and Rescue on Airports
  • Fire Prevention
  • Commission Europe
  • (Hazardous Materials
  • History of fire services and CTIF, museums and documentation
  • (International Fire Brigade Competitions
  • (Women in Fire and Rescue Services
  • Extrication and new technology
  • Rescue/Health Services
  • Forest Fires
  • Youth Fire Brigades
  • Volunteer Firefighters
  • Commission Europe

(List to be updated)

 

Working Groups:

  • Regional Working Group for the Nordic Countries
  • Regional arbetsgrupp för Danube countries
  • Education and Training (Currently inactive)
  • Fire Investigation

(List to be updated)

Contact
CTIF Sweden in brief

Each CTIF member country has a national committee. The Swedish CTIF committee acts as the local body of the  international CTIF in Sweden.

The committee must be responsible for ensuring that tasks that fall to each individual member country in CTIF are carried out correctly and well.

The committee must maintain regular and good contact with the central CTIF.

The committee shall contribute to the development of Swedish rescue services through cooperation (or on its own initiative), conduct seminars and meetings, develop and strengthen networks, and form working groups in important work areas.

The Swedish CTIF committee includes the person who represents the respective committee internationally, as well as a number of key people who come from various organizations connected to the rescue service.

The national CTIF committees in the Nordic countries (Sweden, Norway, Finland and Denmark) have decided to cooperate and once a year a joint meeting takes place.

 

The Nordic Cooperation

The national CTIF committees in the Nordics have decided to cooperate and once a year a joint meeting takes place in one of the member countries.

The purpose of the meetings has been to exchange experiences on how activities are carried out.

The aims for cooperation at the Nordic level is:

 

  • Exchange experiences regarding national activities
  • Ensure that CTIF promotes development and information dissemination between rescue services
  • Stimulate experience transfer from the international CTIF commissions back to the Nordic countries
  • Support each other's activities across national borders

 

Historic Nordic CTIF meetings

Sweden hosted the first meeting held in 2002. An agreement on the Nordic work was established at the 2005 meeting in Helsinki.

(The list needs to be updated as more meetings were held after 2014.)

 

2014, 9-10 januari, Helsingfors, Finland

2013, 9-10 januari, Snekkersten, Denmark

2012, 11-12 januari, Oslo, Norway

2011, 13-14 januari, Stockholm, Sweden

2010, 14-15 januari, Helsingfors, Finland

2009, 8-9 januari, Birkerød, Denmark

2007, 24-25 oktober, Lysaker, Norway

2006, 19-20 juni, Stockholm, Sweden

2005, 20 juni, Helsingfors, Finland

2004, 22 mars, Gentofte, Denmark

2003, 11 april, Sarpsborg, Norway

2002, 5 april, Göteborg, Sweden

 

Statutes

Statutes for the Swedish CTIF Committee.

Statutes are established at the Swedish CTIF committee's annual meeting on September 28, 2011

The committee's task

Section 1

The Swedish CTIF committee is CTIF's body in Sweden. The committee must be responsible for ensuring that tasks that fall to each individual member country in CTIF are carried out correctly and well.

The committee must maintain regular and good contact with the central CTIF.

The committee shall contribute to the development of Swedish rescue services through cooperation (or on its own initiative), conduct seminars and meetings, develop and strengthen networks, and form working groups in important work areas.

Membership

Section 2

The members of the Swedish CTIF Committee are:

- Municipal and state authorities

- Non-profit organizations, as well as other organizations

- Insurance company

- Institutions

- Companies that work with activities or tasks that are important for fire protection and/or rescue services.

- Individuals with a special connection to the area of ​​fire and rescue services can also be members. The board has the option of appointing an individual as an honorary member.

 

The board decides whether an application for membership should be granted or not, and the decision can be appealed to the annual meeting.

As a member, the persons who have been appointed by the board (alternatively the annual meeting) to represent the Swedish CTIF committee in a Commission within CTIF and also any Swedish person who has been appointed at CTIF's Delegates Conference to be part of CTIF's Executive Committee are also counted as members.

 

Membership fees

Section 3

Introduction and size of the membership fees that members have to pay for the following year as well as the conditions in general that shall apply to membership are determined at the annual meeting following a proposal by the board.

 

Nomination committee

Section 4

Proposals for chairman of the committee, board members, and any auditors must be presented by an election committee consisting of two people, who are appointed at the annual meeting, one of whom is appointed as convener. The term of office for the election committee is one year.

 

Board of Directors

Section 5

The committee is represented by a board of at least three and at most five members, including the chairman. The chairman of the committee, who is also the chairman of the board, is elected like other members at the annual meeting following a proposal by the nomination committee.

Prior to its work, the selection committee shall invite proposals as follows:

The authority for social security and preparedness (MSB) has the right to propose two members, one of whom is to be proposed as chairman of the Swedish CTIF committee

The Swedish Fire Protection Association has the right to propose a member

Sweden's municipalities and county councils have the right to propose a member

The National Association of Swedish Fire Brigades may propose a member

The chairman is appointed for two years, while all other members elected by the annual meeting are appointed for one

time of a year.

The chairman and also other members, whose term of office expires, can be re-appointed.

If the chairman of the committee resigns during the term of office, the nomination committee must propose a person for a replacement election at the next annual meeting.

The term of office is counted from the annual meeting to the next annual meeting for members and for the chairman from the annual meeting to the annual meeting two years later.

Section 6

The board elects a vice-chairman, a secretary and, if necessary, a treasurer. This election is held immediately after the annual meeting.

If both the chairman and deputy chairman are absent at a single board meeting, another member is appointed at the meeting to chair the meeting. The committee's signature is signed by the person or persons appointed by the board.

Section 7

Minutes or memos must be kept at board meetings. The need for adjustment is decided by the board.

The board has the right to make decisions if at least three of the members (including the chairman) are present. As the board's decision, the sentence for which at a meeting more than half of those present vote or, in the case of an equal vote, the sentence seconded by the chairman applies.

Section 8

The board meets at the call of the chairman or the secretary, or when at least one third of the board's members so request. The minimum number of board meetings per year is two.

 

Audit and report

Section 9

If membership fees are introduced or if a sponsor's contribution is received, the committee's accounts and management must be audited by an auditor, who is elected at the annual meeting.

The board and the annual meeting can decide that an activity report should be drawn up.

 

Annual meeting

Section 10

The annual meeting takes place annually before the end of September on a day and place determined by the board.

Section 11

An extra annual meeting is held when the board deems it necessary. At an extraordinary annual meeting, no business other than those stated in the notice may be dealt with.

Section 12

Notice of the annual meeting is issued at least one month before the time set for the meeting. The notice, which must contain the agenda and other programs for the meeting. The notice to the annual meeting must also contain the board's possible proposals that must be decided upon at the annual meeting.

 

Section 13

Entitled to vote at the annual meeting is a representative for each member, i.e. organizations, companies, etc. in accordance with paragraph 2 who have announced that they want to be members and who have been granted membership by the board. Furthermore, an individual who meets the requirements in accordance with paragraph 2 is also a member.

Each eligible voter has one vote. Voting takes place openly. In the event of a tie, the chairman's vote is decisive.

Section 14

At the annual meeting, the following matters must occur:

1. Election of chairman and secretary at the meeting

2. Election of an adjuster to adjust the minutes of the meeting together with the chairman

3. Ask whether the meeting has been properly announced

4. Report on the committee's activities during the past financial year

5. Audit report on the association's accounts and administration for the past

financial year

6. Question about determining the income statement and balance sheet

7. Question about disposition of the year's results

8. Question about discharge of liability for board members

9. Election of the chairman of the committee as well as the chairman of the board following a proposal by

the election committee (term of office two years).

10. Election of board members (term of office one year), following proposals from the election committee.

11. Possible filling choice.

12. Election of an auditor (term of office one year) for audit of accounts and management, after

proposal of the selection committee.

13. Election of two members of the election committee (term of office one year) to propose chairman,

board members and auditor.

14. Chairman's presentation of planned activities for the coming year.

15. Decision on possible membership fee.

16. Decision on the date of the next annual meeting.

17. Other matters submitted to the meeting by the board or brought up by a member

letter to the chairman of the committee no later than 20 days before the meeting.

 

Footnote: Items with italic text in the list above must be included in the agenda for the annual meeting if money is handled in the committee, e.g. by introducing membership fees or by receiving money from sponsors

Section 15

Minutes from the annual meeting must be sent to the members by e-mail or by letter.

 

Amendment of Bylaws. Dissolution of the Committee

Section 16

For approval of proposals to amend the committee's statutes, two consecutive annual meetings are required, of which at least one is an ordinary annual meeting.

Section 17

For decisions on the dissolution of the committee, unanimous decisions with at least a 3/4 majority are required at two consecutive regular annual meetings. The committee's possible assets must be credited to the Fire Protection Association's scholarship fund.

The committee's proceedings and documents must be kept by MSB or the Swedish Fire Protection Association, and must be made available if someone takes the initiative to re-establish the Swedish CTIF Committee.

 

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