Tore Eriksson

Former President of CTIF (2012 - 2020)
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Tore ErikssonTore Eriksson was the President of CTIF between 2012 and 2020. Previously, he was the Chair or the Hazardous Materials Commission. He is currently also a member of the Extrication and New Technology Commission, and the current chair of the newly formed CTIF Communications & Media Group.

While working until 2008 as a head of department for the RIB department at the Swedish Rescue Services Agency, and until 2013 as head of the Decision Support Systems Department at the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (, Tore has been instrumental in developing information technology for First Responders, GIS applications, and advising in satellite/ space technology for the Swedish government since early 2000.

Tore Eriksson has previously been an instructor in Fire Behaviour, CFBT training, and Live Full Scale House Burns at the Sandö Firefighting College in Sweden. Tore was also one of the first of the group of Swedish instructors to accept and incorporate the new methods outlined in the Swedish Model of Interior Offensive Firefighting, working closely with Swedish pioneers Krister Giselsson and Mats Rosander in the 1980s.

Tore has instructed hundreds of firefighters in Spain in basic and advanced Fire Behaviour, CFBT and Live Burns, while working as an instructor in Valencia in the 1990s.

Tore Eriksson currently works at the Department for Fire Service Support at the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency. ( 

Tore Eriksson is known internationally as an advocate for Firefighters and First Responders worldwide, and a great part of his mission within CTIF has always been to work to collect Lessons Learned to share freely, with special attention towards supporting volunteer fire departments and smaller organizations.   



Tore Eriksson began his career in the fire service as a full-time firefighter in 1974 and became a fire officer in 1982. During this period he also worked as an instructor at the Civil Defence College.

In 1986 he started teaching firefighters and fire officers on a range of subjects at the SRSA’s (Swedish Rescue Services Agency) college in Sandö. In 1987 he became a senior fire officer and in 1988 completed a fire engineering course and became head instructor at Sandö College. While there he was part of the team that developed training courses, first for fire development and flash-over training, and later he was responsible for developing   Hazmat training courses, which back then meant groundbreaking work in the development of methods, training and exercises with real chemicals, such as, chlorine, sulphur dioxide, ammonia, and LPG.

In 1990 Mr. Eriksson became the Swedish representative for national cooperation between Sweden and Spain and the introduction of Swedish methods there and the conducting of training there, within firefighting and Hazmat. The training courses and field exercises were carried out in several cities, for example, Madrid, Valencia and Gijon. He was the deputy team leader for the Swedish search & rescue team operations in Kurdistan and Iraq; and team leader for one of the two Swedish teams tasked with providing relief for the Kurds that were fleeing from Iraq during the latter part of Desert Storm.

After that, he worked as head instructor at the SRSA College in Roserberg, Stockholm. He has run courses in Bangkok, Thailand for the training of police and fire brigade officers.   He worked as an instructor on several PfP (Partnership for Peace) training courses primarily on the subject of emergency planning. He has trained fire officers from Estonia, Finland, Latvia, and Norway. He has also worked as a lecturer and teacher for the OPCW (Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons) in Chile and Thailand.

For three years he worked in London as an expert on the IMO’s working party for Emergency Schedules for Ship Firefighting mot Hazardous Materials. For the last ten years he has been working at the SRSA’s head offices in Karlstad. And has there, since 1999, been the head of the section for the development of the integrated decision support system for civil protection  - including emergency planning, preparedness and response. 

For OCHA-UNEP he led the expert group during operations at a chemical emergency and also during contact with the Venezuelan Government and the UN in La Guaira, Venezuela in 2000.

Following the 11th September attacks Mr. Eriksson joined the Swedish Government’s national CBRN working party as the fire & rescue service expert. And as such was tasked to participate on the NATO working party for the development of CBRN guidelines; and also led one of the four international seminars that have been held on the subject.  The result being the drawing up of the CBRN guidelines, which were approved by NATO and are applicable as optional standards for all NATO and partner countries. At the beginning of 2007 Mr. Eriksson was appointed by the Swedish Government as its national representative on NATO’s Civil Protection Committee.

Tore is Cluster Coordinator for the EU PREVIEW project, which covers satellite-based data as a decision-support aid for civil protection (emergency & rescue services). An appointment in which he places great emphasis on increasing the influence ordinary first responders have on the results of the project.

Mr. Eriksson was appointed national representative for the CTIF Hazardous Materials Commission in 1999 and selected as its chairman in 2002. He was re-selected for a second period in the autumn of 2006. He has widened the extent of the Hazmat Commissions cooperation with new organisations, such as, OPCW, NATO and most recently the IAEA. In conjunction with the IAEA Mr Eriksson as a fire & rescue expert contributed to the drawing up of a manual entitled First Responders during Radioactive Emergencies. This manual has been published in 134 countries and is co-sponsored by the CTIF.

SRSA (Swedish Rescue Services Agency)

MSB (Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency)


Curriculum vitae: Erik Tore Viktor Eriksson

Date of Birth               02 July 1951

Recent  positions        

Department For Risk Management and Environmental Impact, SRSA.

Head RIB Decision Support System, Emergency Response Support Department

Head of Section, RIB decision Support Systems

Vice President CTIF – International Association of Fire

Services-. Chairman CTIF Hazmat Commission


Present position          Project Manager, Fire & Rescue Service Unit

                                      President CTIF



Education                    High school/ college,Liberal arts and languages, 1969


Post Secondary Studies; Sociology, psychology

English, German, French, Spanish. Fire Dynamics, Dangerous Goods, Db and GISdevelopment.


Fireman course, 1979                                                    

Fire Officers course, 1983

Senior Fire Officers course, 1987

Fire Prevention course stage II, 1989

Commanding Officers course Denmark, 1990

Dangerous goods crs. Chalmers technical university 1997

HRK, Higher Rescue Services Course, 1999- 2000



Work Experience

1974 -                   Fire-fighter, Emergency responding and  ambulance service

1983 -                   Emergency responding Fire Officer                   

1987 -                   Emergency responding & Fire Prevention Officer

1989-                    Head Teacher Sando Fire & Rescue College

1992-                    Head Teacher Rosersberg Fire & Rescue College

1995-                    Teacher special subjects; Hazmat, marine firefighting etc.

  1. Helsingborg Fire Department Fire Protection Division
  2. Dept. Head RIB decision Support System


  1. Head RIB Division


  1. Chairman  CTIF-Hazmat Commission


2004                    Head RIB Section


2006                    Coordinator EU-Project PREVIEW


2007                    Vice President CTIF


2008                    National Focus Point for EU Satellite Services


2012                    President CTIF



1990                    Head of SRSA courses in Valencia, Spain

1991                    Deputy Commanding Officer, SRSA´s USAR Rescue Team in Turkey/Iraq 

1991                    Member of the SRSA Observation Team for International Disasters

1992                    Head of  SRSA courses in Valencia, Spain

1993                    Head of  SRSA Fire Behavior courses in Valencia, Spain

1994                    Head of course; Instructors course for The Consorci of Valencia Fire & Rescue Services                                                                                                                     

1994                    Teacher SRSA Hazmat course in Bangkok, Thailand

1995                    International exchange of experts, Lisbon, Portugal

1995                    Teacher in Hazmat; Partnership For Peace courses

1996                    Head of course; Instructors course in Bangkok, Thailand

  1.                   Teacher in Hazmat; Partnership For Peace courses


  1.                   Head of course; Instructors course in Madrid, Spain


  1.                   Head of course; Instructors course in Gijon, Spain

                            Observer, Kalarne train accident

1998.                   Lecturer, various OECD conferences HAZMAT

                            Lecturer, CIB, Varadero, Cuba


  1.                   Swedish repr. IMO EmS-working group, London

                            Swedish repr. CTIF HAZMAT Committee

                            Observer flooding disaster Caracas, Venezuela

                            Athens, Hasselt, Paris, EU-RIB project

                            Lecturer Cardiff, England, environmental work-shop


2000.                    OCHA-UNEP, HAZMAT expert, La Guaira, Venezuela


  1.                    Swedish repr. IMO EmS-working group, London.

                             CTIF HAZMAT, Partnership For Peace Slovenia, Governmental national working-group for CBRN

  1.                    CTIF HAZMAT Chairman, Governmental national working-group for CBRN, NATO CBRN working-group for minimum guidelines. Chairman Hazmat training steering group.


  1.                     OPCW-seminar Valparaiso Chile lecturer. CTIF HAZMAT Chairman. NATO CBRN working-group. Chairman hazmat training steering group.



  1.                     OPCW-seminar Bangkok Thailand lecturer. CTIF HAZMAT Chairman. European Union CBRN scenario working-group. Project manager/observer for the Swedish investigation of the Madrid terrorist attack. Lecturer International CB symposium Gothenburg, Sweden. Steering group EU project evaluating methods and manging seismic, urban and NRBC risks. Chairman Hazmat training steering group.


  1.                      Drafting group IAEA Manual for first responders to a radioactive emergency. Moderator NATO CBRN seminar. Cluster manager EU project PREVIEW. CTIF HAZMAT Chairman. Chairman Hazmat training steering group. Lecturer National Spanish fire association seminar.


  1.                      CTIF HAZMAT Chairman 2nd period. Lecturer INFIRE seminar, Sweden. Co-organizer and lecturer 25th CTIF international symposium, Slovenia. Cluster manager EU project PREVIEW.


  1.                      Vice President CTIF and meber of the Executive Committee. Cluster manager EU project PREVIEW. Lectures in Baltimore and Houston International seminar USA.


  1.                      NATO Minimumguidelines WG. Lectures in Baltimore International seminar and DHS Washington USA. Cluster manager EU project PREVIEW.


  1.                      Special project Sweden – USA Department of Homeland Security - ongoing


2011                    Reelected for a second period asVice President CTIF


2012                    Swedish National Hazmat Award


2012                    National CTIF President, International CTIF President


2016                    Reelected International President CTIF






                   English:  Speaks and writes Including teaching

                   Spanish: Speaks and writes Including teaching

                   French: 7 years studies

                   German: 3 years studies