The CTIF Executive Committee meeting for DA 2018 at Luxor, Las Vegas
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After a full day of mingling at the NFPA Conference and Expo, and attending many interesting Education Session lectures, the yearly CTIF Executive Committee Meeting started on Wednesday morning at Luxor Hotel in Las Vegas.
Among the topics discussed during the day were New Statutes & Regulations 2017, the cooperation with Spain and Russia, the DA and Youth Games 2019 and also DA 2020.
By CTIF Communications Coordinator Bjorn Ulfsson
Other topics of discussion were the proposed start of an Indoor Firefighting Group or Commission, a new IT Commission, renewal and restructuring of Commission Europe, the Health Commission and the Forest Fires Commission.
President Tore Eriksson brought up the importance and challenge of sharing knowledge and procedures in indoor firefighting that is both correct and also easy to understand for all firefighters, without the need for excessive fire theory. The purpose of the commission would be to set standards, recommendations and produce instructional material, videos, text and Multi Media, free of charge world wide.
Worldwide impact in the field of Extrication & New Vehicles
In addition to the regular agenda, Extrication & New Technology Chair Tom Van Esbroeck was invited to hold a presentation about CTIF´s cooperation with EuroNCap and the ISO standardization of vehicles.
Tom also elaborated on the work-in-progress program and schedule for the 2018 CTIF Fire, Rescue & New Challenges seminar planned for November 9th and 10th in Brussels.
Communications & Video Projects
Communications Coordinator Bjorn Ulfsson was also invited by the President to hold a short presentation about the Communications Project within CTIF, the recently rebuilt website and the efforts to boost news stories from within the Commissions, from the Member Nations, Associate Members and other areas touched by CTIF´s field of expertise.
During the Delegates Assembly, a portable video studio will be set up to conduct personal interviews with Executive Members for the purposes of creating "digital portraits" covering members´ professional backgrounds, role / goals in CTIF and heartfelt issues within their field of expertise.
For those who can not attend - throughout the rest of the year - individual Chair Persons will be contacted to do similar interviews - and for those who chose - with each commission member. We are also looking at technical solutions for remote interviewing by Skype and telephone.
Mira Leionen, Chair for The Commission for Women in Fire & Rescue, has already started to conduct personal interviews with most of their commission members. The result of these will be published on CTIF.org during the summer.
Grand Opening for Delegates Assembly Thursday Evening
On Thursday evening North American Pacific Time, the Grand Opening Dinner for the Delegates Assembly will commence, and that´s when all delegates will attend for the first time for this year´s DA. Stay tuned for coverage of that event!
Attending delegates and guests at Executive Committee were:
Tore Eriksson, President
Michel Bour, General Secretary
Marc Mamer, Treasurer
Don Bliss, Vice President
Ole Hansen, Vice President
Zdenek Nytra, Vice President
Ante Sanader , Vice President
Dennis Davis, Senior Project Adviser
Hubert Vetter, Vice President
- Neža Strmole, Staff Secretary
- Bjorn Ulfsson, Communications Coordinator
- Tom Van Esbroeck (guest speaker from Extrication & New Technology Commission)