CTIF Extra News December 2016

CTIF Extrication & New Technology has been working intensely during the last years with the special problems connected to many of the new vehicle types. Many of these problems are related to the fuels and other Hazardous materials. Therefore the work is being done together with the CTIF Hazmat Commission. Last year CTIF awarded two French colleagues for their research and development of a Best Practice Procedure for this type of events.

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POP alert

CTIF has for over 100 years had a long term commitment to improve public and first responder safety in crisis situations and recognises that early alerting and knowing what to do when dangerous situations arise are key components to achieving safer outcomes.

It has therefore been a major partner in a consortium that aims to improve the ability of emergency agencies, first responders and the public to work at achieving this aim in Europe using global lessons and fundamental research

POP-ALERT www.pop-alert.eu was a 2 year project financed by the European Commission’s 7th Framework Programme. Having undertaken behavioural research and reviewed traditional Crisis Management research it considered through a series of empirical studies the issues arising in public warning and training like cultural differences, language barriers, etc., in order to create  a toolkit to help prepare and alert EU populations in case of a crisis.

The culmination of this research were demonstrations in Lisbon and Corsica of the practical solutions and an ongoing commitment to work with other European institutions to turn this research into a longer lasting legacy that helps us all meet growing threats from human and natural causes.

The illustrative toolkits produced for the demonstrations that include a unique alerting sound and the possible features of a mobile application were extremely well received and CTIF will now use these tools as part of its wider remit to improve public and firefighter safety.

Dennis Davis email firstfirecall@aol.com

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CTIF Delegates Assembly 2016

Wednesday, 7. September 2016 (All day) to Friday, 9. September 2016 (All day)
Event location map: 
Helsinki, Finland

Programme, information and registration for the event:


Newsletter 2016 - spring

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German version490.82 KB
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French version297.94 KB

Proposal for establishing a new CTIF committee: ICT in fire and rescue services

Saturday, 3. September 2016 (All day)

Proposal for establishing a new CTIF committee:
ICT in fire and rescue services

At the CTIF-General Assembly, held on 3.9.2015 in Zagreb, proceedings were initiated to establish a committee that will deal with items and challenges of implementing Informatik-communication technologies (ICT) in fire and rescue services.

Vision: Development and implementation of informatics- and communication technologies in fire- and rescue services in CTIF member countries

Mission: Application of up-to date informatics and communication systems in order to ease the work of fire- and rescue services. Deal with all integral parts of ICT-systems (Software, Hardware, Netware, Lifeware, Orgware, Dataware). Enable the use of ICT systems, connection and coordination of various organizations responsible for rescue and protection of people and property. Education of fire- and rescue stuff on all levels in order to enable efficient use of available ICT tools.

The main issues of the ICT- committee of the CTIF are the following:

  • International cooperation of ICT experts in the field of fire and rescue services;
  • Analyzing the current state of use of ICT-technologies in different areas of application in fire and rescue services;
  • Exchange of experiences and the development of new products and services in cooperation with organizations/companies/manufacturers;
  • Working out ways of using modern technologies in fire and rescue services;
  • Training and education of fire- and rescue stuff in the area of ICT.

The main topics of the ICT committee of the CTIF are:

  • Databases
  • Analyzing databases used in fire and rescue services (material and human resources, operations, educations and activities, geographic and meteorological data, hazardous materials, video- and satellite surveillance)
  • Standardization of databases
  • Use and sharing of data between different countries
  • GIS systems
  • Analysis of the existing GIS systems
  • Making recommendations how to use GIS in fire and rescue services
  • Standardization of GIS layers
  • In coordination with the manufacturers adaptation of the GIS systems to the fire and rescue services
  • Use of GPS tracking for vehicles and firefighters
  • Operational call centers of fire and rescue services
  • Analysing of the existing systems
  • Suggestions of standardization of technical solutions
  • Standardization of work processes
  • Standardization of ICT equipment
  • Use of modern technology in managing firefighting interventions
  • Application of modern IT technologies
  • Hardware
  • Check and make recommendations of use of existing hardware
  • Simulators
  • Use of (3D) simulators in education of firefighters and fire officers
  • Use of simulators in an accident with dangerous goods and forest fires (expansion and propagation simulators)
  • Communications
  • Analyzing and best practices proposals for telecommunication solutions
  • Analyzing and best practices proposals for radio communications solutions
  • Alarming of fire- and rescue services and citizens
  • Analyzing of new technical solutions and proposing ways of their implementation
  • Unmanned aircraft and surveillance systems
  • Technical specifications and use of drones
  • Technical specifications  and use of video surveillance systems
  • Close cooperation with other CTIF commissions/committees (examples)
  • Education and training (e-learning, use of simulators in education)
  • Hazardous materials (HAZMAT databases and applications, propagation models, surveillance of traffic)
  • Forest fires (propagation models and simulators, use of ICT technologies in forest fires)
  • ICT education
  • Analyzing of the current state of ICT training in fire and rescue services
  • Proposal of a curriculum for training of fire- and rescue stuff in the field of ICT
  • The introduction of e-learning in the educational system
  • Data protection and security
  • Data protection in data - bases
  • Legal protection of data
  • Security systems and security codes
  • Threats and risks for ICT applications
  • Future technologies
  • How to introduce and use  modern consumer electronics in fire and rescue services (google glass, HUD,  smartphones, smart homes, fitness trackers)
  • Support of CTIF-office and member states and accompanying members
  • Use of different services in order to improve the functioning of the CTIF (web, DropBox, DMS, Trello etc.)

Way of work:
Tasks are defined and described at the meetings.
Work is carried out individually or in small groups

Presentation of work

  • Report on Annul Delegates Assembly
  • CTIF newsletter
  • CTIF-web page and web-page of ICT committee of CTIF

Interested persons who would like to take part on the meeting should contact the organizer of the meeting:

Mario Starčević, Croatian Firefighting Association, mario.starcevic@hvz.hr, tel: +385 1 3689 168

If there will be enough interest for participation, the first meeting would be organized on the following place:

Date of 1. Meeting of ICT group of CTIF: 14. – 15. 4. 2016. Beginning on 14.4. at 14:00
Place: Hotel Ambasador, Opatija, Croatia
Special price for hotel Ambasador: 499 kn/night (single room)

Way of communication:
The meetings are organized twice a year, with member countries serving as hosts on a rotating basis.
Other ways of communication:

  • E-mail;
  • Conference calls
  • Collaboration tools

Mario Starčević
Secretary of the Operative-technical Headquarter
of the Croatian Firefighting Association

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