Commission for Extrication and new Technology

Extrication and New Technology

Tom Van Esbroeck


Tom Van Esbroeck, Belgium



The CTIF Commission for "Extrication and New Technology" is trying to encourage and promote the cooperation between fire services and other emergency services around the world, representing 36 different countries via CTIF.

In the next few years, the commission wants to focus primarily on the development and exchange of “best practices” regarding extrication techniques for vehicles on alternative energy (Hydrogen, Electric, CNG, LNG, Li ION batteries, Super Capacitors etc).

Besides exchanging experience, the commission also wants to draw up standard operational procedures regarding extrication of busses, trains and airplanes.

The commission will work within the ‘ISO’ (International Organization for Standardization) to be able to internationally harmonize information and training for the rescue services in the field.

If we can share our experiences on the international level, this will help us all one step further to guarantee the security of our citizens and emergency workers. The more we can learn from each other, the better.


Member countries: 

Belgium, France, Austria, Slovenia

Starting year: 

5. December 2013

Main activities / purpose of commission:

First project:
“Extrication and new vehicle technology”.

Project leader:
Kurt Vollmacher.
Action points first project:
1. Providing crucial information “free of charge” this for first and second responders:

  • exchange of international knowledge;
  • collecting data about alternative energy sources ( full electric, hybrid, CNG, LPG, LNG, Fuel cell, Hydrogen direct combustion, and others…);
  • developing rescue data base concerning al kind of different vehicle’s;
  • developing standard operation procedure;
  • developing courses and training materials in English;
  • sharing extrication methods concerning cars, trucks, busses, trains, airplanes;
  • developing firefighting measures on this vehicle’s and others…;
  • retex: return of expertise, concerning various vehicle accidents.

2. Promoting close cooperation with the various manufacturers and organizations.
3. Close cooperation with the other CTIF commissions (a few examples):

  • high voltage vehicle batteries (build in vehicle/storage/transport) with the “hazmat commission” and “fire prevention commission”;
  • training manual airplane with commission “Fire and rescue on airports”.

4. Sending new working item proposals to ISO, this concerning:

  • training manual vehicle;
  • training manual battery;
  • standardized label for recognition of the power source of a vehicle.

Other future projects to work on:

  • solar panels;
  • hydrogen installations;
  • CNG/LNG installations;
  • other new technology…


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