Advice on what to do before, during and after forest fires for holidaymakers and owners of vacation homes in other European countries
Forest fires are part of a natural cycle in many regions of the world and therefore occur regularly. Problems arise, however, when, among other things, human settlements are built into nature without prior consideration of possible dangers from forest fires. Wildfires are significantly influenced by three factors: weather, vegetation, and terrain. Forest fires in the countries of southern and southeastern Europe can take on much more intense forms than here in Germany
With the cooperation of recognized experts, firefighters and manufacturers, the PHÖNIX modular system has been developed. Together with the initiator of the project, Meinolf Kettelgerdes from the Carl Henkel company in Bielefeld, a specialized solution for vegetation and forest fires was implemented to support emergency services in professional firefighting.
Forest fires are an entirely natural phenomenon in many regions of the world. There, they have a positive influence on the affected forest area - for example, when the extreme heat generated during a fire releases seeds from which new trees grow. But there is an extremely worrisome downside to forest fires, which this study addresses: Whenever forest fires occur too violently, in the wrong place, at an unusual time, or too frequently, it is a sure sign that the ecosystem is out of whack due to human intervention. In these cases, forest fires pose a serious threat.
Analysis of operational experience and development of optimization options for fighting vegetation fires in Germany
Dissertation of Dr. Ulrich Cimolino on the topic: Recording and evaluation of relevant vegetation fires from
several decades in Germany.
Under the motto “Forest fire - fire prevention, fire extinguishing, fire aftercare”, this year’s symposium took place in Groß-Kreutz (Potsdam-Mittelmark) on February 23. More than 140 participants, including, of course, firefighters of various ranks and functions, representatives of other aid organizations, and authorities with security responsibilities at the federal and state levels, came to discuss the topic. In 4 individual workshops, the professionals were able to exchange ideas and formulate experiences, challenges and future improvements in the areas of training, technology and collaboration.
From October 13-19, 2019, experts with long experience in Vegetationsbrandbekämpfung from Germany and abroad met in Bitburg. Lectures, group work and mission simulations on mission tactics and mission preparation were used for professional exchange.
Joint announcement by the Bavarian State Ministries of Food, Agriculture and Forestry and of the Interior of April 9, 2013
One of the key lessons learned in wildland firefighting is that ground-based firefighting crews using manual firefighting techniques to supplement TLFs and fire water drops are extremely effective for sustained mission success.
Fire in a corn or stubble field - many firefighters underestimate the danger of wildfires. Time and again in the past there have been accidents with burnt-out emergency vehicles, injured or even killed comrades. Jan Südmersen has compiled tips on what firefighters should look for when fighting wildfires.
The work provides a comprehensive overview of all areas and tasks: Prevention, mission preparation, strategy and tactics of firefighting, the interaction of administrative as well as operational units, technology and communication.
It characterizes the causes, spread, and means of suppression of forest fires, types of forest fires, rates of fire spread, extinguishing agent effects, and the influence of climate and weather.
Especially the strategy and tactics of the current forest fire fighting on the ground, the support of the extinguishing measures from the air and the technical as well as organizational measures of the preparation and the operational command are presented under the aspect of the cooperation of all forces of the non-police danger defense and the civil-military cooperation.