|SFPE European Chapter News|
SFPE European Chapter News
The SFPE Benelux Chapter has focused on developing and (re)aligning its strategy with the developments in the Benelux market, especially with respect to education of FSE practitioners and their alumni associations. As a result, the Board of Directors has changed, and specific tasks allocated to its members. The young Chapter has had a number of very active and successful years, especially with a sequel of very well attended and appreciated tunnel fire seminars, but with relatively limited and skewed growth and limited awareness of the Chapter in the Benelux.
The planned activities for 2015 / 2016 include a totally new website, membership growth, development of the network in education (universities in the Benelux, and their alumni), company c.q. manufacturers (of active and passive protection measures) visits and some seminars on issues such as high rise buildings, car parks and sustainable buildings. On top of that, the Chapter will launch some working groups, with a mission to develop codes of best practice for typical Benelux FSE issues. More information about the SFPE Benelux Chapter can be found at http://www.sfpe-benelux.org/.
Information about the SFPE French Chapter can be obtained by contacting email@example.com.
Information about the SFPE Italian Chapter can be found at http://www.aiia-sfpe.org/chisiamo/chisiamo.html.
Information about the SFPE Polish Chapter can be found at http://www.sfpe.pl/index.php/charpterpl.
The Spanish chapter is preparing a technical seminar/formal inaugural event for this autumn. Our idea is to give a high standard technical seminar and at the same time present and explain the background/purpose of the chapter and the SFPE. Currently the chapter board is in the process of formalizing the chapter into a legally recognized non-profit organization.
SFPE Sweden is currently experiencing a tremendous amount of activity. As president, I feel honored to be leading this work; which is carried out both by our members and chapter friends, as well as our elected board members. The activities during the first half of 2015 can be summarized as follows:
More information about the SFPE Swedish Chapter can be found at http://www.sfpe-biv.se/.
The UK chapter ran two events over the summer including a CPD on Regulation 38 of the Building Regulations as well as a summer party. Both events very well attended by both existing and new members. Membership, including 80 chapter supporters, is now at 124. We have just closed entry to our new competition to find the best fire engineering strategy and best fire research project of 2015 and we had seven entries. While this is a good number of submissions, we would like to have even more and may open the competition up to European candidates next year (subject to ECCG and our own AGM approval).