Baden-Württemberg starts seminars in Balsthal

  25. October 2013

The Baden-Württemberg Provincial Fire Academy started to offer training in tunnel firefighting in cooperation with the International Fire Academy in September 2013. The foundation of this collaboration is the content of the Swiss basic and management courses for handling incidents in underground transportation facilities. 34 participants from 30 fire brigades or fire service authorities travelled to Balsthal for the first seminar entitled "Search & rescue and firefighting in road tunnels." They were accompanied in Bruchsal by Thomas Fink and Christian Knopf of the Baden-Württemberg Provincial Fire Academy.

A number of participants, such as Carl Friedrich Koch of the Office for Fire and Disaster Protection of the City of Freiburg, were able in the International Fire Academy to build on initial experiences with Swiss tunnel tactics from a pilot project in 2012 of the Tunnel working group of the province of Baden-Württemberg. After this pilot event, Freiburg revised its tunnel deployment concept and was now able to positively test the planned procedure in training and discussions with other participants.

The seminar in September 2013 again took on the characteristics of a pilot project for the Baden-Württemberg Provincial Fire Academy and the International Fire Academy. Very good feedback was received for the training facilities, emphasis on a practical approach and the Swiss way of training fire service personnel from course participants, many of whom were themselves involved in training others. There is still room for discussion with regard to the adaptation of Swiss tunnel deployment teaching to suit the conditions and service regulations in Baden-Württemberg. The Tunnel working group of the Baden-Württemberg fire brigades will busy themselves with this in the autumn of 2013. The next seminar is scheduled for 2014.

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