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Interschutz 2022: Expertise in tunnels and underground car parks in international demand

Postponed twice - then the Interschutz finally got underway again. We were able to build on our attendance in 2015 and reached our target audience in Hannover again this year: Fire service supervisors, builders of tunnel facilities and other contacts for preparing for operations in underground transport systems.


Interschutz agenda: From consulting on tunnel projects to fire service training

The International Fire Academy is in a continuous learning process on the subject of tunnel operations. To this end, our employees are in contact with fire services, higher-level organisations and a wide range of experts. With the expertise we have acquired over more than 20 years, we would like to help visitors of the Interschutz at our stand A26 in hall 13 with all their questions about preparing for tunnel operations.

Group picture of the participants of the 8th Fire Chief Forum in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin

8th Fire Chief Forum: Gaining new knowledge on tunnel operations from research and operations

The 8th Fire Chief Forum placed emphasis on incident reports and covered a broad spectrum: two lorry fires in road tunnels, an underground metro fire, and two train fires, one on open track and the other one within a settlement. Social media and the usage of large mobile fans in deployments were two other topics from the practical side of firefighting operations. Looking beyond the world of fire services, the focus was on the behaviour of those caught up in an evacuation as well as special…

A fire and rescue train of the Matterhorn Gotthard Railway, consisting of three units.

Unique rescue apparatus with special technical features

At the beginning of 2019, the Matterhorn Gotthard Railway put two new fire and rescue trains into operation, each consisting of a combination of road-rail vehicles and rail-only vehicles. We visited Christian Imsand, the head of the Furka Base Tunnel Rescue Service, and Roland Guntern, the operations manager of the operational fire service, in Oberwald to learn more from them about this rescue apparatus, which is unique in some respects.

[Translate to English:] Stabsraum für den Lötschberg-Basistunnel mit Besprechungstisch und Funktionswesten über den Stuhllehnen

Fire service command structure for fire operations in tunnels: planned flexibility

During tactics training at the International Fire Academy, questions are repeatedly asked about command structure and tactical practice at the fire service's location. Therefore, in this article, we have once again compiled important information on command structures and also address the special challenge of operational communication, which, according to our experience, should be practised very intensively. 


Optimising training: What does it really take to provoke operationally relevant experiences?

Because the detail lessons of reconnaissance, search & rescue and firefighting cannot be carried out in parallel in the railway training tunnel, a training concept for a maximum of 16 participants per standard railway course was initially developed. Thus, all lessons could be carried out in two days in the sense of experiential learning. However, one problem remained: Especially for the training drills, groups of up to 24 participants had proven themselves in all other courses of the…


Tunnel firefighting procedures in three languages: Textbooks for lasting training

From the perspective of experiential learning, learning cannot be limited to the acquisition of knowledge. The focus is instead on experiencing relevant situations and challenges. At the same time, the importance of specialised knowledge should not be underestimated when firefighters want to tackle tunnel fires jointly. The necessary basic knowledge for tunnel operations as well as helpful background information are presented compactly in words and pictures in the specialist books «Firefighting…

Blindfolded firefighters practice blind trust and communication in difficult situations

Thuringian Fire Service School uses adventure-based education in tunnel training

The preparatory and practical courses «Fire Fighting in Road and Rail Tunnels» at the Thuringian State Fire and Civil Protection School (TLFKS) place high demands on the participants. In order to boost motivation and attention to the extensive learning content, the training team relies on adventure-based educational elements.


The safety concept for the Gotthard Road Tunnel 20 years after the major fire of 2001

After the major tunnel fires in the Mont Blanc and Tauern road tunnels in 1999 and the Gotthard Road Tunnel on 24 October 2001, the Federal Roads Office (FEDRO) reviewed all national road tunnels with a length of more than 300 metres for possible optimisation of tunnel safety. We spoke to Christian Gammeter, Head of Tunnel and Geotechnical Engineering in the Infrastructure Standards and Safety Division, about the current status of safety measures.