Energy efficiency and energy renovation are at the top of the agenda in many European countries. But even though this development, in general, is welcomed by the construction industry, politicians and consumers, it also contains some challenges. With the higher standards for energy efficiency and the ambition to fulfil them, there is a risk of compromise on the fire safety of buildings, not least with direct consequences for firefighters and their working methods.
These challenges in particular will be addressed at the Nordic Firefighters’ Training Days in Copenhagen by Birgitte Messerschmidt, Public Affairs Manager for Fire Safety at ROCKWOOL International A/S and Head of the Technical Task Force of Fire Safe Europe — she is also one of the main speakers at the conference.
“There is no doubt that being a firefighter today is more difficult than in the past, as the modern and energy-efficient buildings are becoming increasingly complex in design and contain more insulation material, which in some cases can be combustible. As a firefighter today, one must thus be able to handle widely differing types of fires and also have a very good knowledge of the different building materials and their reaction in the event of a fire”, says Messerschmidt.
At the conference, firefighters will share experiences and discuss how they can increase the focus of politicians and decision-makers on the area.
About the Nordic Firefighters’ Training Days:
Nordic Firefighters’ Training Days is an annual event for firefighters from Copenhagen, Bergen, Oslo, Stockholm, Gothenburg, Helsinki and Reykjavik. It is held on a rotating basis among the Nordic countries, and this year Copenhagen is hosting.