During the EFSCA annual meeting in Tallinn, the Working Group on Curriculum Development has reorganized.
The working group now divided into two groups. The first group deals with the topic of curriculum development. The subject of the study is on one side, a structured curriculum for firefighting training (non-academic education). On the other hand, there are curricula for officer training (academic education, bachelor, and master courses) - the group led by a team leader, which chaired by the EFSCA member from Belgium.
The second group lead by colleagues from Portugal. The working group deals with the topic of how software used in the process of training and training in the fire brigades.
The working group as the whole orient the activity based on a work plan. Essential components are surveys of the members of the association. For this purpose, surveys conducted among all EFSCA members about existing curricula and software used. The number of different documents or software products should be determined. Answers about the structure and the practical scope identified. The search for current sources of literature provides an overview of how the issues of curriculum design and the use of software in education discussed in the media.
The subsequent analysis of all collected information should lead to the Lessons Learned to determine. Furthermore, the analysis should determine the need for further developments. The working group plans to organize 1-2 half-yearly meetings. An important part of the work of the working group is the cooperation with the FEU.
specific character of volunteers as professionals and the different way’s they
are organised in several countries all over Europe, leads to specific needs for
their selection, education, training etc. This working group is about the
exchange and development of knowledge about certification, training, teaching
and educational methods and technics, specially for voluntary Firefighters and
first responders in Europe. This can o.a be done by research, exchange of
experts, exchange of curricula, exchange experiences etc
The working group Innovation, Research &Development has two objectives. 1. To (promote) international exchnage of knowledge for the fire service 2. To (promote) interantional collaboration in research for the fire service.Every year during the general assemblee of EFSCA we updat the common topics of interest. During the year, we organize exchanges of experts on the common topics. We share research results by adding English abstracts to our reports. We have the aim of organising a pan-european network for knowledge exchnage en collabroation for the fire service. We have a varying participation. At the moment Belarus, Bulgaria, Denmark, Estonia(secretary), Hungary, Latvia, Poland,Catalonia, Lviv (Ukrain), Cherkassy (Ukrain) and The Netherlands (chair) parricipate in this group.
Austrian firefighters testing simulation and virtual reality in Portugal
A group or firefighters from the Austrian Fire Brigade Association visited the Center for Simulation and Virtual Reality (CSVR) of the National Fire Service School in Sintra, Portugal, during the 8th and 9th October. The main goal was to know the technological capabilities of the CSVR and the pedagogical methodology used by the Portuguese trainers, in order to create a similar center in Austria.
The Austrian firefighters traveled to Sintra to gather information about how the Portuguese CSVR operates and also the training programs that are developed there. The Austrian Fire Brigade Association intends to create a similar training center in Austria using simulation and virtual reality, capable of performing exercises using XVR software.
As result of this approach, the National Fire Service School and the Austrian Fire Brigade Association will maintain a regular contact to support the implementation and development of the future training center in Austria and, at the same time, allow the exchange of technical professionals from both institutions, contributing in this way to increase knowledge and practices in different technical areas.
Photo subtitle: The Austrian delegation with the Portuguese trainer, Pedro Cunha
Firefighters from Berlin go for training at ENB in Portugal
The National Fire Service School, located in Sintra, Portugal, hosted a fire officer's team from the Berlin Fire and Rescue Academy (BFRA) to participate on a training program at the Center for Simulation and Virtual Reality (CSVR), between 25th and 28th September. This initiative took place under the "Exchange of Knowledge - European Exchange Program for staff member of city administration bodies".
Eight elements of the Berliner Feuerwehr, name by which the Berlin fire company is known, have learned how to use virtual reality systems in the context of firefighter training. The training sessions held at the CSVR in Sintra allowed them to learn how to organize the typology of exercises and to know the pedagogical methodology used by the National Fire Service School.
On Thursday, October 27th, the members of the Board from the National Fire Service School welcomed the German team. The President of the Board, Mr. José Ferreira, together with the other members of the Board, Mrs. Susana Silva and Mr. Vitor Reis expressed their satisfaction for the exchange carried out over four days and offered the National Fire Service School medal to the German team. The Berlin Fire Brigade offered to the National Fire Service School a protective helmet often used in Germany in rescue operations.
German commander Peter Wagner said this stay in Sintra was a "very good experience" that allowed firefighters "to find highly qualified trainers who showed us the new simulation technologies in order to improve our training and leadership in the brigades." The official was very grateful to the National Fire Service School and expressed his will to continue the cooperation program with the Portuguese firefighters.
Following this European exchange program, in early 2019, a team of Portuguese trainers from the National Fire Service School, with a similar number of elements, will be welcomed by the Berlin Fire and Rescue Academy at the German capital. In order to continue this exchange of knowledge and experience, improving and refining techniques in rescue operations, particularly in hazardous materials.
Photo subtitle: President of the National Fire Service School, Mr. José Ferreira, delivers the medal school to the German commander, Peter Wagner.