This year the 12th International Congress Fire Safety & Science is organized by the IFV (Institute for Safety) and the Foundation Fellow FSE. We managed to compile an interesting program. National and international research of recent years will be presented in the area of Fire Safety Engineering and innovative firefighting.
Smoke is the greatest danger in a fire nowadays. From Monday 24 June 2019, the Fire Service Academy, the Safety Region Utrecht and the Netherlands Fire Service conduct a two-week study into the spread of smoke in an empty residential care center in Oudewater, the Netherlands. We are proud to present the first, preliminary results of this research during this congress in November.
Smoke is the greatest danger in a fire nowadays. This applies to fires in all residential buildings, but certainly to fires in complexes for the elderly. What should the elderly do if a fire breaks out and it is difficult for them to escape quickly themselves? Can they stay safe in their apartment? How long will that remain smoke-free? The so-called stay-in-place principle did not work during the fire in the Grenfell Tower. But under what circumstances and with what facilities can residents safely wait in their apartments? The fire brigade investigates these questions with real smoke and fire from Monday 24 June until 6 July.
Scientific valueThe Fire Service Academy (Brandweeracademie, part of the IFV, Institute for Safety), Safety Region Utrecht (Veiligheidsregio Utrecht) and the Netherlands Fire Service (Brandweer Nederland) are conducting the investigation together in an empty residential care center in Oudewater, the Netherlands. The experiments with actual smoke and fire have great scientific value. This involves - also internationally - unique tests that are carried out by and with the fire brigade.Unique experimentsRené Hagen, professor Fire Prevention, on the research: "These experiments are unique with great scientific and practical value, not only for the fire brigade, but also for municipalities, housing and care corporations and the legislator. The knowledge we gain from the experiments is also relevant internationally, which is why there are also researchers from abroad to attend the experiments."
More information about this unique research is available on our website (in Dutch).
Besides the research on smoke spread, we scheduled other interesting developments, results and insights in the area of Fire Safety Engineering and innovative firefighting. National and international speakers and workshop leaders combine science and practice. We also continue to connect fire prevention and firefighting. We would like to invite you to visit a workshop that you perhaps would not choose automatically from your profession.- Program Wednesday 13 November- Program Thursday 14 November
The IFV and VVBA provide a Thesis Award worth € 1200 for the most innovative, relevant or fundamental master- or bachelor thesis about fire safety. The nominees will be announced during the expert class 'Next Generation' at the Eindhoven University of Technology on September 12, 2019. The winner of the award will be announced during the congress.
Watch the presentations from 2018.
This International Congress Fire Safety & Science is interesting for people who work in the private or public sector and are engaged in Fire Safety Engineering, risk management, fire prevention, fire investigation, or (innovative) fire-fighting or for people who are interested in it. Inspectors of construction plans, policymakers and policy advisors Fire Safety, fire departments, project developers, engineers, architects, scientists, researchers, fire suppression supervisors from fire departments, fire researchers and teachers/students of risk assessment; prevention of fire and FSE. And of course everyone involved in (the innovation of) construction- and fire safety is more than welcome to join!
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The fee for the congress for two days is € 105. Networking buffet on November 13 On November 13 there is an informal networking buffet after the congress, served at the IFV location. You have the opportunity to review the first day of congress with other participants and speakers. For € 30 you can make a reservation for an informal networking buffet, served at the IFV location.
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Welcome to the website of the 11th International Congress Fire Safety & Science, organized by the IFV (Institute for Safety) together with the Foundation Fellow FSE. Fire Safety Engineering and innovative firefighting keeps developing. A lot of national and international research has been done in recent years. National and international speakers and workshop leaders share the latest developments, results and insights during this two-day congress.
The National Congress Fire Safety & Science is interesting for people who work in the private or public sector and are engaged in Fire Safety Engineering, risk management, fire prevention, fire investigation, or (innovative) fire-fighting or for people who are interested in it. Inspectors of construction plans, policymakers and policy advisors Fire Safety, fire departments, project developers, engineers, architects, scientists, researchers, fire suppression supervisors from fire departments, fire researchers and teachers/students of risk assessment; prevention of fire and FSE. And of course everyone involved in (the innovation of) construction- and fire safety is more than welcome to join!
In the area of Fire Safety Engineering and innovative firefighting we combine science and practice. We also continue to make the connection between fire prevention and firefighting. We would like to invite you to visit a workshop that you perhaps would not choose automatically from your profession.
Watch the presentations from 2017.
The IFV and VVBA have made available a Thesis Award worth € 1200 for the most innovative, relevant or fundamental master- or bachelor thesis about fire safety. The nominees will be announced during the expert class 'Next Generation' at the TU Eindhoven on September 13, 2018. The winner of the award will be announced during the FSS Congress.
Would you like to stay in a hotel? These hotels are nearby:
If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us, at +31 (0)26 355 22 08 or send us an email email@example.com.
This congress is part of:
09.30 – 10.00 hrs
10.00 – 10.10 hrs
WelcomeRené Hagen, professor of Fire Safety, Institute for Safety (the Netherlands)English
10.10 – 10.20 hrs
OpeningAnton Slofstra, Safety Region Gelderland-Midden (the Netherlands)English
Hans Hazebroek and Lieuwe de Witte, Fire Service Academy (the Netherlands)English
Energy transition and fire safetyLotta Vylund, RISE (Sweden)English
How to challenge the “Race to the Bottom” findings of the Dame Hackitt report “Building a safer future”. Grenfell lessonsNick McCormack, Merseyside Fire Brigade (United Kingdom)Louise Connelly MCIEH I Private Sector Housing Licensing Manager English
Simo Hostikka, Alto University (Finland) en Ruud van Herpen, Eindhoven University of Technology (the Netherlands)First round: EnglishSecond round: English
2. Cascademodel 3.0Michael Bertels and Tom Hessels, Safety Region Brabant-Noord (the Netherlands)First round: EnglishSecond round: Dutch
3. PhD research: influencing behaviour of the elderyMargo Karemaker, Fire Service Academy (the Netherlands)First round: EnglishSecond round: Dutch4. Research and experiments on smoke explosionsRudolf van Mierlo, DGMR and Rijk van den Dikkenberg, Fire Service Academy (the Netherlands)First round: DutchSecond round: English5. High rise reassurance campaign (Grenfell lessons)Nick McCormack, Merseyside Fire Brigade (United Kingdom)First round: EnglishSecond round: English
safety and the ageing population: probabilistic link of preventive and
repressive measures for residential buildingMike van der Linden, Eindhoven University of Technology and Ruud van Liempd, Fire Service Academy (the Netherlands)First round: DutchSecond round: English
Co-operation between Fellow FSE Eindhoven University of Technology and the Fire Service AcademyRuud van Herpen, Eindhoven University of Technology and Ricardo Weewer, Fire Service Academy (the Netherlands)English
Poster sessionStudents of the Fire Service Academy and Eindhoven University of Technology and others have made posters on which they will present information about their recent research. You are able to visit the posters during the congress. Dutch and English#fss2019
10.10 – 10.55 hrs
Fires in mechanical ventilated rooms - Simulation and testing of fire and pressurePatrick van Hees, Lund University (Sweden)English
10.55 – 11.25 hrs
11.25 – 12.10 hrs
Costs and benefits when building fire-safeRuben van Coile, Gent University (Belgium)English
12.10 – 12.55 hrs
IFV-VVBA Thesis Award: presentations by the three nominees and award ceremony for the 8th IFV-VVBA ThesisRicardo Weewer, chairmanEnglish
12.55 – 13.45 hrs
13.45 – 15.00 hrs
Breakout sessions, round 11. Results of the practical experiments on smoke spread: the lessons for risk control (Oudewater experiments)Ruud van Liempd, Fire Service Academy (the Netherlands)First round: EnglishSecond round: Dutch 2. Results of the practical experiments on smoke spread: the lessons for fire fighting (Oudewater experiments)Thijs Geertsema, Fire Service Academy (the Netherlands)First round: DutchSecond round: English3. Explaining fires using Fire Safety Engineering Ruud van Herpen, Eindhoven University of Technology and Joost Ebus, Fire Service Academy (the Netherlands)First round: DutchSecond round: English4. High rise reassurance campaign (Grenfell lessons)Vervalt, alleen op de woensdag5. Smoke spread control with SmokeStoppers – a mandatory task for the fire serviceMichael Reick, Fire Service Göppingen (Germany)First round: English Second round: English6. Solar panels and fire safetyJens Kristensen, University of Edinburg (United Kingdom)First round: English Second round: English
15.00 – 15.30 hrs
15.30 – 16.45 hrs
Breakout sessions, round 2
16.45 – 17.30 hrs
Poster session Students of the Fire Service Academy and Eindhoven University of Technology and others have made posters on which they will present information about their recent research. You are able to visit the posters during the congress. Dutch and English
About Simo HostikkaProf. Hostikka started as a fire researcher in 1998 at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, where his research focused on the methods of probabilistic fire risk analyses and numerical simulations. Since 2001, he has been one of the developers of Fire Dynamics Simulator software. He received his doctorate from Aalto University in 2008. In 2014, he started as an Associate Professor in Fire Safety Engineering at Aalto.
About Ruud van LiemdResearcher at the Dutch Fire Service Academy. Commander at the voluntary fire brigade of Schijndel. Interested in calculating and modelling of fire and the effects of a fire.About presentation: Results of the practical experiments on smoke spread: the lessons for risk controlWhat is the influence of fire safety measures (smoke proof door, watermist open / closed door) on the smoke spread in apartment buildings?
About Rudolf van MierloSenior fire safety consultant at DGMR. 30 years active in fire research and consultancy. Major fields of expertise: reaction to fire (materials behaviour), fire development and smoke spread modelling, storage of dangerous goods, integral fire risk analysis methods and Dutch and European fire regulations. Lecturer at conferences/ symposia and teacher in courses for private companies and authorities on a regular basis. Appointed by the Dutch Minister of Housing as member of the APB-commission which guards the application of Dutch fire regulations. About presentation Smoke gas explosions – Explanation of causes, conditions and developmentFire brigades are confronted with accelerating fire development on a regular basis. Some dangerous accelerations may be caused by a smoke gas explosion, although this is unclear to the fire community. ‘IFV / Brandweer Academie’ and DGMR have performed experiments and compiled an overview of the causes, conditions and development of smoke gas explosions.
About Thijs GeertsemaThijs is a researcher and adviser for the professorships of fire safety and fire science within the Netherlands Fire Service Academy. He graduated as a safety expert and fire safety engineering. Thijs specializes in command and control, risk management of firefighting operations, operations assessment & analysis, accident analysis and FSE. He is also a voluntary firefighter in Hengelo. About presentation Results of the practical experiments on smoke spread: the lessons for fire fighting (Oudewater experiments)During the Oudewater experiments the influence of firefighting operations on smoke spread throughout the building was observed. In this session we will explore the preliminary results; what where the effects of a defensive or offensive firefighting strategy? What was the contribution of after-extinguishment ventilation to human tenability? And what can we learn from these results?
About Michaël Bertels Michaël is a project manager for a regional fire service in the Netherlands (Brabant Noord) and the national association of fire services (Brandweer Nederland). His main interest lies in improvement of value for taxpayers money and rationalization of fire – fighting procedures. He holds a PhD in biotechnology (University of Wales) and is an on-call HazMat officer.
About Tom Hessels Tom is about to obtain his master Strategic Management at the Radboud University of Nijmegen. In has specialized in the governance of safety and security. During his study he was an intern at the Safety Region Gelderland-Zuid and the Fire Service Academy. Besides his studies, he works as a freelance journalist for the regional newspaper.
About presentation Cascademodel 3.0The “cascade” model combines technical and social aspects of fire or other crisis. It describes the way a fire is likely to develop in different stages; object, room, building, neighbors etc. versus the impact of a fire; lives lost, property and other relevant aspects such as disruption of public life. Then we look at the effect of different lines of defense and who is responsible at what stage. The cascade model can also help at quantifying and improving the outcome of a fire service.
About Lotta Vylund Lotta is educated as Master of Risk Management and Bachelor of fire protection engineering and has one year of senior officer training for fire protection engineers. At RISE she has participated in several research projects relating to fire rescue services, for example: “Fire protection in multi-story townhouse”, “Tactics and methodology for fire in underground installations”, and “BREND – Fire in alternative fuel vehicles”. About presentation Energy transition and fire safetyThe latest research from RISE about new or different risks introduced by fires in modern vehicles. Especially enclosure fires for example fires in tunnels, underground parking and ro-ro decks.
About Nick McCormack
I am a Station Manager in Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service (MF&RS) with 22 years operational experience operating in a wide variety and roles within the metropolitan area of Merseyside / Liverpool.I joined the Fire Protection (Fire Safety) in 2016 and this has been really rewarding but also very challenging particularly following the Grenfell Tower tragedy and the Echo Arena Car park fire.I am part of the management team overseeing 20 Inspectors that conduct inspections of commercial & residential premises within the county and I also attend and take charge of larger fires & operational incidents.I am currently seconded to Liverpool City Council (LCC) to facilitate ACM cladding removal from HRRBs and to lay the foundations for future joint working. MF&RS, LCC (Community Services, Regeneration & legal) and Health & Safety Executive are working collaboratively to ensure High Risk Residential Building safety, with significant progress being achieved through this approach.
About Louise Connelly A qualified Environmental Health Officer since 2008 and member of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health since 2014. I am also an active member of the Private Housing Officers Group. I am the Head of Service for Private Sector Housing Enforcement at Liverpool City Council. My areas of responsibility cover the Citywide licensing scheme-over 50’000 properties, HMO Licensing over 2000 properties as well as the team of Environmental Health Officers delivering Housing Enforcement. I am also the lead operational officer responsible for delivering the High Rise Building Safety Programme at Liverpool which includes overseeing the legalities of remediating buildings with unsafe ACM and leading on all enforcement for all cladded high-rise buildings in Liverpool. I am currently involved with delivering a local Building Safety Regulatory partnership approach with Station Manager Nick McCormack of Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service and work very closely with the HSE, LABC and Planning in relation to the Building Safety Programme being delivered by Ministry for Housing Communities & Local Government. My passion is Housing and I strive to lead my Service to deliver robust and fair Housing Enforcement to ensure that residents’ health and well-being is not compromised and they are empowered to make changes and choices regarding the place they call home whilst proactively working with landlords, responsible person’s and developers to support the need for the right growth and development in Liverpool.
About presentation How to challenge the “Race to the Bottom” findings of the Dame Hackitt report “Building a safer future”. Grenfell lessonsFollowing the Grenfell Tower fire in 2017, Dame Judith Hackitt wrote “Building a Safer Future – Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety”. She described how the regulatory system…”was not fit for purpose” and “deep flaws in the current system” This presentation examines, the government response and the ground-breaking, collaborative approach from Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service, Liverpool City Council and the Health & Safety Executive to the findings of her report and how we strive to achieve “Safer, Stronger communities and safe, effective firefighters”. Included is a case study of a real life example of the building industry “Race to the Bottom”.
About Mike van der Linden Recently graduated from the Technical University of Eindhoven. Specialized in construction technology and building physics and services. In daily life also commander at the voluntary fire brigade in Vught. About presentation Fire safety and the ageing populationIn the presentation I will discuss my research into fire safety among an aging population. Which preventive and repressive measures can contribute to increasing fire safety among elderly people who living independently? With help of a probabilistic analysis is investigated what is the most effective.
About Jens Kristensen Jens is a PhD student at the University of Edinburgh. He holds a MSc degree in Civil Engineering from the Technical University of Denmark (DTU). The interest in fire safety engineering and the opportunity to work within the frontline of a new research field strongly connected to industry, attracted him to his current project. About presentation Propagation of Fire on Flat Roof Constructions with Photovoltaic InstallationsPhotovoltaic installations on roof constructions introduce two significant challenges; 1) an increased probability of ignition, and 2) a change of the roof constructions, which influences the fire dynamics and flame spread mechanism. As such, it is essential with further research and code development in order to reduce the fire risk associated with PV installations on roofs.
About Margo Kareman With a background in forensic science and psychology, Margo Karemaker started working at the Institute for Safety in Arnhem four years ago. She is a researcher that is working on projects regarding fire prevention and transport safety. In February 2019, she started as a PhD candidate at Maastricht University. Her research is about developing an intervention to change the behaviour of elderly to improve fire safe behaviour in their home.
About presentation Behavioral influence among the elderlyIn the presentation I will discuss my research into behavioral influence among the elderly. How can a protocol like Intervention Mapping help in developing an intervention to promote behavior change among this target group? I will also present the first findings of a needs assessment: what does the target group know about fire safety, who do they think is responsible for fire safety in their homes and are they willing to change their behavior?
About Patrick van Hees Prof. Patrick van Hees is head of the FSE division of Lund University and has a PhD from the University of Gent Belgium. His areas of interest are closely linked to fire performance-based design, fire development and calculation methods. In these areas he has more than 10 PhD students. He is also involved in the Erasmus mundus master programme for FSE jointly run by Lund, Edinburgh and Gent. At the moment he is chairman of IAFSS (International association of fire safety science) and ISO TC 92 dealing with fire safety.
About presentation Fires in mechanical ventilated rooms – Simulation and Testing of fire and pressure.The presentation will focus on fires in mechanical ventilated rooms. When a fire occurs in these rooms a pressure built up occurs which has an effect on the ventilation flow and in the worst case can lead to back-flow of smoke into the fresh air inlet. At the same time the fire might decrease and this can lead to an under ventilated fire. Examples will be given of fire tests in mechanical ventilated rooms as well as the possibility of using CFD models to simulate these fires.
About Joost Ebus This year Joost Ebus started working as a researcher / advisor at the Institute for Safety in Arnhem on (research) projects regarding fire prevention and firefighting. Before Joost held various positions at the prevention section of the fire department Gelderland-Midden during 19 years. Joost is also a fire investigator, a fire instructor and a voluntary firefighter. His goal is to enable fellow firefighters, fire brigades and partner organizations to further develop their knowledge of fire and firefighting through the of research results and experience. In addition, this new knowledge can also contribute to safety.
Presentation: Declaring fires using
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About Michael Reick
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Michael Reick is a regional fire chief in Göppingen, Germany. With his background in fire safety engineering his topic is the connection between this discipline and operational firefighting. He worked in numerous research projects regarding smoke spread control in building fires with the aim to enable firefighters to avoid smoke spread into egress routes and to positively influence fire dynamics. He developed the portable smoke blocking device (smoke stopper).
About presentation Smoke spread control with SmokeStoppers – a mandatory task for the fire service
Portable smoke blocking devices have been used by fire services around the world in thousands of real incidents and saved many lives – civilians and firefighters. The theory behind it and lessons learned from real fireground experience are presented in this presentation.