• Mami Mizutori
    Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction and Head of UNDRR
  • Armin Schuster
    Federal Office of Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance
  • Dr. Bärbel Kofler
    Federal Government Commissioner for Human Rights Policy and Humanitarian Assistance
  • Christian Reuter
    Secretary General
    German Red Cross
  • Dr. Irene Mihalic
    Domestic Policy Spokesperson
    Bündnis 90/Die Grünen
  • Mario Dobovisek
    Editor and Presenter
25.10.2021 // 2:30 pm

Wildfire-Research and Training at the State Fire Service Institute NRW (German)

Wildfires have become a regular occurrence in Germany. In this workshop the State Fire Service Institute NRW presents its research and training efforts to identify potential wildfires, strengthen leadership training and improve operational capacities.
Wildfires have become more and more present in the public discourse during the past three years. Especially the large fires near Meppen 2018, Jüterbog and Lübtheen 2019 and Gummersbach 2020 show that wildfires increase in size due to prolonged. However, smaller fires near roads and train tracks are becoming an increasing threat as well, even in urban areas, as shown during the fire in the Rhein-Sieg county 2018. To better identify and assess risks, optimise operations and develop new tools in leadership training, the State Fire Service Institute NRW has increased its research and training capabilities at the intersection between science and practical application. A short introduction will present the structure and role of the State Fire Service Institute NRW within the field of disaster management. Following that will be presentations about the current research-projects “CCFireSense – Cloud-based Monitoring Supporting Wildfire Prevention near Traffic Infrastructures” and “ErWiN – Expansion of knowledge on ecology, forestry and technology concerning wildfires”. Lastly, the special role of the State Fire Service Institute NRW regarding training innovation will be presented during “Wildfire-training – Developments and Cooperation by the Wildfire Working Group”. 
Dr. Christoph Lamers

Institut der Feuerwehr NRW
Christoph Lamers studied physics in Aachen and first worked as a scientist at research institutes in Jülich and Grenoble. After training as a senior fire officer he worked, among other things, as a department head for fire protection and disaster control at the Arnsberg district government. The focus of his current position at the Institute of the State Fire Service Institute North Rhine Westphalia in Münster
are the training and further education of command units and crisis teams, the coordination of scientific activities and civil protection at European level.

Amelie Mara Chrispeels, M.A.

Institut der Feuerwehr NRW
After attaining degrees from the Universities of Bremen and Limerick/Ireland in European Politics and Security as well as English- Speaking Cultures, Amelie Chrispeels worked in several projects in the research department of the German Federal Agency for Technical Relief before starting her current project on wildfires at the State Fire Service Institute of North Rhine Westphalia.
She is also a member of the Order of Malta First Aid Responders and the Warendorf volunteer fire fighter unit.

Dr. Kai Fürstenberg

Institut der Feuerwehr NRW
Following degrees in political science and history, including a South Asia specialization, at Uppsala and Heidelberg universities Kai Fürstenberg received a doctoral degree in political science, writing about institutional theory. Additionally, he holds a degree in administrative sciences from Speyer University. He is currently leading a project on wildfire risk assessment at the State Fire Service Institute NRW. He is engaged at Heidelberg and Münster Volunteer Fire Brigades.
Christoff Schwarz

Institut der Feuerwehr NRW
Following vocational training Christoff Schwarz completed the fire service basic training. After stations as a trainer and in the fire service control room the drawing- enthusiast successfully completed the leadership training to become a professional brigade leader. He worked as operational commander and press officer as well as CO Medical Emergency Services in Steinfurt county. In 2016 he joined the State Fire Service Institute NRW as a trainer and teacher and started working on alternative methods in visualisation techniques. He leads the wildfire working group for a year now. He is also a member of the state-wide working group on wildfire prevention and a representative for training in the national working group on wildfire prevention.
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