Up to now, volunteers in the Belgian emergency rescue zones were not covered against occupational diseases. Due to the risks caused by the crisis brought about by the new coronavirus and to the recognition – by Fedris (Belgian Federal Agency for Occupational Risks) – of COVID-19 as an occupational disease for (career) paramedics, the Minister of Home Affairs and Security Pieter De Crem reached an agreement so that volunteers in the emergency rescue zones can be covered as well. During the Council of Ministers on the 25th April 2020, the Belgian Federal Government decided to consider them in the same way as their career colleagues are being regarded. This regulation applies to volunteer firefighters and paramedics in rescue zones.
On 17th June 2020, Euro NCAP, the European organization in charge of crash tests on new vehicles, launched the "Rescue Sheets" database. It contains the sheets providing very useful information about cars on the road (where the battery is located, where the cables are routed, which potential dangers the cars represent, ...). Rescuers throughout the whole world will be able to consult this database. And, in the event of a road accident, they can view immediately on a tablet, or even a smartphone, the sheet pertaining to the vehicle or vehicles involved in this accident. Thanks to this database, it will become possible for the emergency services to work more effectively and faster in case of road accident.
app 112 BE: “The life-saving app”
Today marks the launch of four videos intended to promote the use of the “112 BE” app by people who may not yet know about it. This app has existed for three years and, ever since, it has already been downloaded over 930,000 times.
Options menu
On the occasion of the European 112 Day, Belgium will introduce an options menu for the emergency numbers 112 and 101.
Multidisciplinary exercise Stayin' Connected
On Tuesday 26 November 2019, the exercise Stayin' Connected took place on the ground of the Civil Protection in Brasschaat. A terrorist incident with biological agents was simulated in a fictitious foreign context. The exercise was organised to train the specialized capacities for CBRNe incidents (chemical, biological, radiological, radiological, nuclear and explosives) in special circumstances, as well as to test the mutual information and communication possibilities.
Survival Firefighter Run Walloon Brabant 2017
The Union Provinciale des Sapeurs-Pompiers du Brabant Wallon (provincial union of fire fighters of Walloon Brabant) organizes, in partnership with the emergency rescue zone Walloon Brabant, its very first international competition for fire fighters.
The CTIF, also known as the “International Association of Fire and Rescue Service” was founded in 1900 for encouraging and promoting the cooperation between fire fighters and experts in fire and rescue throughout the world. Meanwhile the organization has 36 member countries, as well as some 50 members from the private and public sector. They organize international conferences and competitions, they contribute to the development of the youth fire brigades and they develop comprehensive world fire statistics.
In case of a heavy thunderstorm it is possible that an emergency centre 112/100 exceptionally and despite the reinforcement of the operator teams, cannot treat all calls. Therefore follow the instructions below:
The new website of the Directorate-General Civil Security of the Federal Public Service Home Affairs has been online since 22 April 2014.
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