The EPSU firefighters’ network is an informal grouping of EPSU affiliates that have members in fire and emergency services. The network was originally set up in the 1990s and has been meeting more regularly since 2006. EPSU affiliates in the sector recognise that there are several common issues facing firefighters that make it worthwhile to maintain contacts and exchange information. These include in particular health and safety, equipment provision and standardisation, violence and harassment, working time, fire service reform and changing tasks and responsibilities.
Network meetings provide a good opportunity to debate these issues but we also hope that information on these web pages will help improve the flow of information between EPSU affiliates.
Berlin (Ver.di Headquarters)
28 May 2013
We are pleased to invite you to EPSU’s next Firefighters’ Network meeting which will take place on May 28, 2013 in Berlin.
The meeting will discuss and address following issues:
The involvement of Social Partners to the European Instruments of European Civil Protection The UK Firebrigade Union has compiled a comparative overview on pensions for Firefighters and will present the results based on your contributions to the questionnaire (...)
Trade unions in the Iberian peninsula have denounced how the austerity measures have a huge impact in the extension of summer fires. Spanish trade union Comisiones Obreras denounces that fire are not the consequence of austerity but the cuts in human resources and the lack of renewal of material have a huge impact in the efficacy of fire services read more.
The critics of the unions correspond with the findings of the study EPSU commissioned from Syndex on ’The impact of Austerity policies (...)
ETUI and EPSU present a brochure on working conditions for firefighters in Europe.
(3 April 2012) The firefighters network of the European Federation of Public Service Unions (EPSU) met on 3 April to discuss around themes arising from a recent publication focused on firefighters’ working conditions in Europe.
The European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) 50 pages brochure has been put together in cooperation with the EPSU. It addresses the ‘classic’ risks involved in this profession (risks from (...)
(14 February 2011) The EPSU firefighters’ network meeting on 10 and 11 February had an in-depth discussion of developments regarding working time directive and the consultation launched by the European Commission on the revision of the Working Time Directive.
The firefighters’ network reaffirmed that the Directive must apply to all firefighters whatever their status - professional, volunteer, part-time – and rejected any derogation from this basic principle.
The discussion working time took (...)
10 and 11 February 2011
Invitation invitation letter participation form draft programme Follow-up working time presentation minutes EN Minutes FR Minutes ES EPSU WTD 2nd phase response minutes DE
Health and Safety for Firefighters of the Mediterranean Area Report - EN Report - ES Report - IT Report - EL Report - PT Report - SL Report - CR
GUIDE- VADEMECUM FOR THE FIRE FIGHTERS OF THE MEDITERRANEAN AREA Guide rev - EN Guide - ES Guide - IT
The meeting was organized in the framework of the EPSU firefighters’ network and Firefighters’ Charter by FP-CGIL, with support from the European Commission. It was prompted by the dramatic and deadly forest fires that took pace in recent years in a number of Mediterranean countries. Firefighters from Italy, Greece, Spain, Portugal, Malta, Croatia and Slovenia participated, along with a scientific expert and guests from the UK FBU and EPSU Brussels office.
The meeting discussion covered the (...)