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First meeting of European Commission-led Fire Information Exchange Platform (FIEP) lays out ambitious EU work plan for fire safety in buildings

October 18th, 2017|

The European Commission, with the support of the Estonian presidency of the Council, held the first meeting of the Fire Information Exchange Platform (FIEP) in Brussels on October 16. 25 Member States and 25 associations came to discuss key challenges for fire safety in buildings.

Fire News Flash 🔥 Progress in sight for fire safety in Europe

September 29th, 2017|

The European Parliament debated fire safety in buildings for the first time on 13 September. Thanks to the support of many Europeans, including a good number of Members of the European Parliament, who took the floor to urge the European Commission to act, the European Commission announced at that meeting that it would create a platform to discuss fire safety with Member States and stakeholders. In this newsletter, we will highlight the big steps coming in the near future to improve fire safety in buildings.

Fire News Flash ? If a building can burn to the ground, is it really sustainable? 

May 18th, 2017|

Have you ever heard someone say about a building: "they don't build them like they used to?". It's true: we are changing the way we build, and we often forget what should be the core element of any sustainable building: fire resilience. #Safetainability is the principle that sustainable buildings of the future should be fire resilient.

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Press Releases

Discover our press releases on key fire safety events!

FSEU Press Statement following MAC Event held at the EP  – 28.09.2017

September 29th, 2017|Press Release|

Brussels, 28 September 2017: Cancer is the leading cause of line-of-duty deaths amongst firefighters, accounting for approximately 60% of all deaths. MEP Pavel Poc and the European Parliament’s Members Against Cancer (MAC) Group, in association with Fire Safe Europe, held a roundtable to debate the issue of occupational cancer in firefighters and explore solutions.

FSEU Press Statement following announcement by the European Commission of a Fire Safety platform

September 14th, 2017|News, Press Release|

On Wednesday 13 September, the European Parliament held a debate on fire safety in buildings, during which the European Commission announced it would set up a Fire Safety platform. FSEU welcomes this positive step towards improving fire safety in building.

FSEU CommuniquĂ© de presse – Moment dĂ©cisif en Europe, Ă  l’heure du premier dĂ©bat du Parlement europĂ©en sur la sĂ©curitĂ© incendie

September 13th, 2017|News, Press Release|

Strasbourg, 13 septembre 2017 : Aujourd'hui, pour la première fois, les membres du Parlement européen débattront de sécurité incendie dans les bâtiments, en réponse aux préoccupations croissantes concernant l’adéquation des normes de sécurité incendie en Europe. Fire Safe Europe espere que la commissaire Elżbieta Bieńkowska prendra en considération les préoccupations des Députés Européens et mettra en place une stratégie européenne de sécurité incendie, le test et l’étiquetage de la toxicité des produits de construction et une solide méthode de test pour les façades de bâtiments, reflétant les conditions réelles des incendies. 

FSEU Press Release – Defining moment in Europe as European Parliament holds first debate on Fire Safety in buildings

September 13th, 2017|News, Press Release|

Strasbourg, 13 September 2017: Members of the European Parliament will debate fire safety for the first time today in response to growing concerns about the suitability of Europe’s fire safety regulations. Fire Safe Europe hopes Commissioner Elżbieta Bieńkowska will takes on board the concerns of Members of the European Parliament and develops an EU fire safety strategy, testing and labelling of smoke toxicity of construction products, and a robust testing method for building facades that reflects real-life fire conditions.

FSEU Press Release – Firefighters ask Members of the European Parliament to fight for the Fire Safety of European citizens

September 7th, 2017|News, Press Release|

Firefighters are came to Brussels on 6 September to meet Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) and tell them about their concerns and what they see as the key issues for fire safety in buildings.

FSEU Press Release – Firefighters ask MEPs to fight for the Fire Safety of European citizens

September 6th, 2017|News, Press Release|

Firefighters came to Brussels on 6 September to meet Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) and tell them about their concerns and what they see as the key issues for fire safety in buildings.

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FSEU Blog

Stay abreast of fire safety news through our blog!

UK cladding and insulation system tests need a reality check

September 6th, 2017|FSEU blog|

The fire that devastated London’s Grenfell Tower about 3 months ago shocked the world and cast a spotlight on UK fire regulations and construction practices. The speed with which the UK government established an expert panel to give advice on immediate safety after the fire is admirable.  This expert panel has now issued its final advice for building owners, which FSEU has commented on.

“This fire is no surprise”: Thoughts from a firefighter on Grenfell Tower

July 4th, 2017|FSEU blog, News|

This article was written by Pieter Maes, a Brussels firefighter and trainer on fire behaviour at Compartment Fire Behaviour Training (CFBT), in reaction to the 14 June Grenfell Tower Fire.

Facades and fire safety: how do countries compare? 

June 28th, 2017|FSEU blog, News|

In the EU, the fire testing and classification standards for construction products have been harmonised for more than a decade under the Construction Products Directive, and subsequently the Construction Products Regulation. However, whilst fire testing and classification methods for individual products are harmonised in the EU, building regulations for an overall structure- including fire safety requirements - are the responsibility of each individual EU Member State, who determine their own fire safety level and use a mix of products that - used together - correspond to that level. We analysed the requirements in 16 Member States for high-rise buildings.

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