Instructor Development Conference in Chicago

The International Society of Fire Service Instructors (ISFSI) organised in September an Instructor Development Conference in Chicago and Netage B.V. was present. The ISFSI leads fire and EMS instructors in their efforts to reduce firefighter fatalities and injuries, increase firefighter safety, and improve the profession through education and training.
This conference rotates around North America annually with a dedicated focus on instructor professional development. It provides instructors a quality experience in a small intimate conference setting. Attendees are challenged academically and are provided a chance to network amongst their peers.

Bart van Leeuwen lectured at FRI 2018

Bart van Leeuwen lectured about the evolution of the Amsterdam Fire Department, a story about transformation from traditional aggressive to cutting edge aggressive with the ultimate goal of firefighter safety during the Core Education Program of FRI 2018 (Fire-Rescue International) in Dallas, TX.

The Amsterdam Fire Department has a long tradition of maintaining its own tactics and procedures over the national standards all based on experience, pride and rich history, going back to the 1600’s. Change was not something easily achieved within the department. In the year 2000 the PPE of the Amsterdam Fire Department consisted mainly of Wool and leather in combination with a relatively modern SCBA and Helmet. Tactics hadn’t changed over more than 30 years and most the fire trucks were at least 13 years old. Fast forward to 2018, the department has transformed every aspect of the fire fighting operations, tactics, PPE, fire trucks, equipment and training.
The audience was given an overview of the motivations for change and the lessons learned. What works and what doesn’t, who to involve if you want to have a radical change to make your operations modern and safe but still aggressive!

Bart’s lecture was very well received by the audience and had several valuable discussions.

 

Speaking in Birmingham

Wednesday September 19th, Bart van Leeuwen will present at The Emergency Services Show in Birmingham, UK. The Emergency Services Show is the UK’s leading annual showcase of the blue light sector, featuring over 450 exhibitors, live demonstrations, unique learning opportunities and unrivalled networking. Taking place in Hall 5 at the NEC in Birmingham, the two-day event brings together all disciplines from the emergency services sector to discover innovative technology and operational solutions, share their experiences and unite in their collaborative approach to public safety.

Bart will talk about Smart Data for Smarter Firefighters. What is the current state of data in the fire service, what should our next focus be and what will be our future challenges? Learn how Smart Data solutions can help improve both the safety of firefighters as well as the service to our communities.

Symposium HackaLOD 2018

HackaLOD 2018 is the cultural Linked Open Data Hackaton of 2018, Organised by Netwerk Digitaal Erfgoed, The Rijksmuseum and The Royal Libary. During the 24-hour Hackaton teams set to work on creating new apps based on data from collections of cultural institutions. A professional jury decides who made the best app. Special attention is given to the use of linked data that makes it possible to combine various collections, to enrich them on the basis of analysis and to present them in an innovative way.

Saturday 10th of February, Bart van Leeuwen presented on behalve of Netage on the HackaLOD Symposium in Amsterdam. Bart has told here about how he makes connections between different sources of data for major calamities.

Visiting the Illinois Fire Service Institute

Tuesday Netage B.V. visited the Illinois Fire Service Institute (IFSI), talking about ppe contamination and smartdata.

The Illinois Fire Service Institute, located in Champaign, Illinois, serves as the oldest continuous fire training institution in the United States. Since 1925, first responders from Illinois and the world have relied on IFSI to deliver top quality training, education, and research. The main IFSI campus offers a 28 acre training ground with innovative class-A live fire and technical rescue props and training equipment. In addition, IFSI delivers courses at state Regional Training Centers, local fire departments and internationally.

Speaker at FRI 2017

Bart van Leeuwen will be presenting at Fire-Rescue International (FRI) in Charlotte NC in the USA with “Smart Data for Smarter Fire Fighters”
FRI 2017 is a conference and expo organized by
The International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC)

The International Association of Fire Chiefs represents the leadership of firefighters and emergency responders worldwide; the members are the world’s leading experts in firefighting, emergency medical services, terrorism response, hazardous materials spills, natural disasters, search and rescue, and public safety policy

There mission is to provide leadership to current and future career, volunteer, fire-rescue and EMS chiefs, chief fire officers, company officers and managers of emergency service organizations throughout the international community through vision, information, education, services and representation to enhance their professionalism and capabilities.

Bart will talk about: ‘How can we make sure that in our information driven society the fire service is able to keep up. How do we keep the people we protect safe and optimize our operations with the data available?.Learn about the buzzwords and the perspective for the fire service, and what you can do to make smarter use of the data that is available. Smart Data for Smarter Fire Figthers.’

Friday July 28th, 3:30PM ETT-109 room 208B

Congress Future of Fire Fighting, Belgium

The fire department of Antwerp, Belgium exist 200 years and on this occasion they organized a congress about innovation within the fire department which took place on May 18th. A dedicated audience of around 150 professionals from the fire department, emergency services and ICT industry attended the conference. In addition to this a large audience followed everything via the live broadcast.
Six strong speakers gave their vision of what the future could offer for the emergency services, Bart van Leeuwen was one of these speakers. Bart mentioned in his Inspirational Talk ‘Smart Data for Smarter Fire Fighters’ that we should not forget the human side. How do we deal with all this technology?

In the film below you can watch all the Inspirational Talks. At 1:13:22 Bart’s talk begins.

Article published on Fire Engineering

An article written by Bart van Leeuwen is published online on Fire Engineering.

In this article Bart is telling about is background and how he combines his two specialities; firefighting and running an IT business. With this unique combination Bart is determinant to make firefighters smarter by using smart data.

To read the article visit: fireengineering.com