On November 21st The Association of Flemish Cities and Municipalities (VVSG) organized a conference in Mechelen, Belgium.
Since Januari 1st, 2015 the municipal fire services in Belgium are centralized and merged into interlocal organizations, called hulpverleningszones (emergency zones). This means that the fire service must evolve from 165 municipal forces to 20 emergency zones. The VVSG emergency zones department therefore organized a conference with a focus on the policy and management structure of the zones.
Bart van Leeuwen gave a presentation on this conference on behalf of Netage. The presentation was about the use of Big Data in the fire service. Bart used his personal story and experience with data to advice the emergency zones about how to use the data smart for both repressive and preventive purposes. The presentation was very well received and found inspiring.