A consortium of experts to work on EU fire safety statistics
27 May 2020
The European Commission has selected a consortium of experts for the pilot project “Closing the data gaps and paving the way for pan-European fire safety efforts” that has been initiated in the European Parliament.
The project aims to establish the collection of fire safety data and statistics across the EU and will run for 17 months.
Efectis will lead the consortium, which is composed of the European Fire Safety Alliance (EuroFSA), the IFV (Dutch Fire Service Academy), the CTIF (International Association of Fire and Rescue Services), the NFPA (US National Fire Protection Association), The University of Edinburgh, The University of Lund, the DBI (Danish Institute of Fire and Security Technology), the VFDB (German Fire Protection Association) and the BAM (German Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing).
Data are essential to identify risk factors and most effective fire prevention measures because EU-wide statistics are currently either not harmonised or do not exist. The conclusions and output of the experts’ work will facilitate a broader accounting of fire incidents and will also give the EU and national governments the opportunity to identify the most effective fire safety measures more accurately.
The Modern Building Alliance calls for the inclusion of fire statistics within the Eurostat mandatory programme and considers this project as an excellent first step.