Candidates 2015

Re-election candidates

Vice President

Mr. Ante Sanader, Croatia

Mr. Sanader currently holds the positions of President of the Croatian Firefighters Association and President of the Croatian National Committee for Prevention and Extinction of Fire. He has extensive experience from the firefighting profession.

"Through my engagement in the Executive Committee of the CITF I would like to achieve improvements in the trans-border cooperation between fire-fighting organizations, especially through strengthening the expert and financial position of CTIF." – Ante Sanader


General Secretary

Mr. Michel Bour, France

Mr. Bour currently holds the position of Director of the Departmental Fire and Rescue Service of the Upper-Rhine Department.

His aims are: "To continue the General Secretary's work,to be at the CTIFservice and be closewith the Presidentand the Executive Committee and take part in the dynamics of the CTIF to reach the entrusted goals." – Michel Bour


New Vice President candidates

Leonid Belyaev, Russia

Mr. Belyaev currently holds the position of Head of Main EMERCOM City Unit of St Petersburg. He has more than 30 years of experience from the firefighting profession. He takes an active part in the work of the Russian CITF Committee.


Donald Bliss, USA

Mr Bliss currently holds the position of Vice President for Field Operations at the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and is the President of the US delegation to CTIF.

He has served in numerous fire and life safety positions, including but not limited to a local fire chief, a state fire marshal and the President of the National Association of State Fire Marshals.


Milan Dubravac, Slovenia

Mr. Dubravac currently holds the position of Fire Chief at Ljubljana Airport. He is also the Information Manager of CTIF and a member of the Slovenian National Command Board at the Fire Association Slovenia as well as a commander of Voluntary Fire Service. Mr. Dubravac has been in the firefighting profession since 1987.


Ole Hansen, Norway

Mr. Hansen currently holds the position of Senior Adviser in the field of rescue and firefighting. He formerly served as Head of the Rescue and Firefighting Department at Oslo Airport and has worked in the fire and rescue service for many years. Mr. Hansen is currently the chairperson of the Fire and Rescue at Airports Commission and the President of the National CTIF Committee of Norway.


Zdenek Nytra, Czech Republic

Mr. Nytra currently holds the position of Director at the Fire Rescue Service of the Moravian-Silesian Region. Mr. Nytra has been involved in the CTIF competitions for many years and his interests lie especially with the competitions and in the field of extrication and new technology.


Tom Van Esbroeck

Mr. Van Esbroeck currently holds the positions of Director of Education, Training and Exercise at the Professional Fire and Rescue Service of Ghent and Fire Station Manager at the Voluntary Fire and Rescue Service of Ninove. Mr. Van Esbroeck also serves as an expert to the Belgian government and to the Flemish Federation. In 2013 he took up the position of chairperson of the CTIF Extrication and New Technology Commission.

Ante Sanader

In memoriam of Erwin Wiederin

Erwin Wiederin has passed away at the age of 88 years. Mr. Wiederin was a longtime regional fire inspector and the head of the National Fire Service Association between 1966 and 1991 and for many years he served as the auditor of CTIF.

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General Assembly and the Symposium of the CTIF

Donnerstag, 3. September 2015 (All day) to Freitag, 4. September 2015 (All day)
Zagreb, Croatia

All info is published on event site

Gasauto explodiert: Fahrer tot, zehn Feuerwehrleute verletzt

Nach einem Verkehrsunfall in Margarethenhof bei Rohlstorf explodierte das Fahrzeug, während die Feuerwehrleute den Wagen bergen wollten. Der 53-jährige Fahrer kam dabei ums Leben, zehn Feuerwehrmänner wurden verletzt.

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CTIF sign Memorandum of Understanding with Metro Chiefs

Tore Eriksson in Baltimore today signing MOU with Metro Chiefs, to promote information sharing between fire services.

source: Baltimore Fire