Section 1

Section 1 (VB) - Preventive Fire Protection

Head of Department:
G. Spangardt
Dipl.-Phys., Oberbrandrat
Leiter der Abt. "Gefahrenvorbeugung", 37/375
Berufsfeuerwehr Köln, Scheibenstr. 13, 50737 Köln
Fon: 0221/4680755, D.St. 0221/9748-5000
Fax: 0221/4680756, D.St. 0221/9748-5004

M. van Lier
Dipl.-Ing., Gesamtverband der Deutschen
Versicherungswirtschaft e.V. - GDV
Wilhelmstraße 43/43G, 10117 Berlin
Fon D.St.: 030/2020-5355
Fax D.St.: 030/2020-6355 und -6614

Description of the tasks of Department 1 of vfdb

The GFPA Department Preventive Fire Protection is concentrating on key issues of preventive fire protection. The department gathers information from experience and requests especially from GFPA members and processes the data to further promote fire protection. This may be in form of GFPA publications, comments on new regulations, as well impulse for the further development of preventive fire protection. This Department does not consider itself to be a body that sets up rules but, rather to provide ideas for new rules or to work out the interpretation of existing rules.
IIn the sense of the above-mentioned, the Department describes in detail the objectives of preventive fire protection. As to mention as a current example, the definition of the term less dense smoke layer. Such definitions are agreed with the GFPA departments according to their respective field of activity. The Departmemt members are aware, that detailed performance criteria provides the definition for a general safety level. Especially for the harmonization process within Europe, the definition of national safety levels is required. Therefore the Department aims at supporting the standardization of the various German construction ordinances of the different federal states.
The ever changing conditions of preventive fire protection, due to an increase in privatisation and further governmental retreat in the sense of deregulation as well as caused by the European harmonization, are critically accompanied by this Department. Safety demand and sensivity are not subject to rigid norms. Safety standards and their application therefore need permanent evaluation. In order to fulfil the demand to at least keep the safety level, further development, and if necessary, the modification of safety standards is required.
Department 1 is as well aiming at compiling a sort of glossary for technical fire protection terms. For this purpose a platform will be provided on the GFPA website. Above all, such a glossary serves as commonly defined terminology, that can be used in expert discussions of different committees.