Railway training facility to be expanded

  23. April 2018

The railway training facility at the International Fire Academy in Balsthal is currently a major construction site. Since the beginning of March, this infrastructure part of the tunnel training facility is being completely revised. The centrepiece is a new fire simulation system. Training operations at the new facility are scheduled to start at the end of August 2018. The courses in the road tunnel continue as usual during the construction phase.

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New cooperations for railway training

  23. April 2018

The Swiss Federal Office of Transport stipulates that in future all fire services deployed on Swiss railway installations must be specially trained for this task. For the implementation of this regulation, the International Fire Academy is planned as a national training centre, which is why it is currently holding talks with the railway infrastructure companies. The main agreements have already been reached.

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A Spotlight on the 6th Fire Chief Forum

  12. January 2018

"The No does not occur in the fire service system." This thesis seems correct. And that is exactly why a No from the fire services is more important today than ever. Why? Let us take a pithy review of the 6th Fire Chief Forum of the International Fire Academy to clarify this claim.

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New classroom building opened

  26. September 2017

A new classroom building enriches the training infrastructure of the Inter-Cantonal Fire Service Training Centre and the International Fire Academy in Balsthal. More than 15 000 people will use the building every year and benefit from its modern design.

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Inquired: Extended cooling reduces chances of survival

  09. May 2017

How should burn victims be treated until the paramedics arrive? And what is important for firefighters if they suffer from a burn injury themselves? Information on this topic is given by Johannes Horter, since 2014 head of Department of Hand, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and intensive care centre for burn injuries at the BG Hospital Ludwigshafen.

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Marco Nigg – The Latest Instructor in the Team

  08. May 2017

Marco Nigg faces a host of challenges at work every day. As the latest member in the team of senior instructors at the International Fire Academy, he is already active in various projects after only a short time on the job and is currently learning Italian. During the next few weeks he will be visiting the Swiss Fire Services together with Marianne Wernli, head of the training department. Giving an initial assessment of his new job, Marco Nigg said, "It’s great to be involved so quickly and to have so many challenges."

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Enhanced Training Scenarios in Lungern

  28. April 2017

Long attack routes, major slopes and partially uneven ground – the tunnel training facility of the International Fire Academy in Lungern provides a challenging training setting for fire services. The training scenarios within the hot training tunnel are now enhanced: as additional training element, an extinguishing attack on a car fire can now be simulated. Therefore, a new mock-up with two separate fire scenes is now available. ”With this addition we can have even more training diversity and simulate besides two full lorry fires also a small fire in Lungern,” explains Marianne Wernli, head of training. All exercises of the UTS-Basis Course Road (part 2) of the Swiss fire services have been augmented accordingly. Scenarios with a car fire can be integrated into individual courses of fire services from other countries as well.

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Inquired: training in railway tunnels

  25. April 2017

Rüdiger Palatz organised on behalf of the DB Netz AG a five-day training in the railway tunnel under the terminal of the airport BER Berlin Brandenburg (see "Five-day training in a tunnel" in "Downloads"). In the interview, he explains what is important when preparing smaller drills in the railway sector and why a lead-time of at least half a year is reasonable.

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Inquired: how to train in your tunnel

  25. April 2017

The fire services responsible for the airport BER Berlin-Brandenburg have been training for five days beneath the airport terminal. Markus Vogt, a senior instructor of the International Fire Academy, participated as an instructor. We asked him about the possibilities and limitations of such a training in a tunnel.

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