Extrication and New Technology, Nordic countries and Baltic CTIF members met in Finland
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The CTIF Commission for Extrication & New Technologies had its first meeting for 2023 in Levi, Finland, on the 22 - 24 of January.
Text by Commission Chair Mikko Saastamoinen and Taina Hanhikoski / CTIF Finland
After restrictions and lockdowns, we finally managed to gather together in a face-to-face meeting - CTIF Commission for Extrication & New Technologies had its first meeting for 2023 in Levi, Finland.
The Nordic and Baltic CTIF National Committees had their meeting in Levi at the same time, and participants from both meetings attended various interesting excursions after fruitful meetings.
In total, there were altogether 27 participants from 13 different countries.
There were lot of important topics on the agenda for the meeting day: for Extrication, various projects were discussed, like the Euro NCAP, ISO17840, C.A.R.S , Solar Panels, presentation of how to deal with fires in lithium-ion batteries and the release of a new logo for the Commission.
For the national committees, the discussion topics included developing national committees’ work, developing CTIF’s work, ongoing projects, and updates from each nation. Fires in waste facilities were also discussed.
After the meeting, the whole group gathered for an excursion to Agnico Eagle’s goldmine, and the participants visited possibly the deepest fire station in the world located some -925m below ground.
The goldmine has used a lot of new technologies in an interesting way in their solutions underground. Excursions were also made to two local fire stations, where participants were able to see Defence Forces’ arctic rescue vehicle, and Levi Ski Resort, where participants learnt about local capability to rescue people from ski lifts and slopes.
The event was organized by the National CTIF Committee of Finland in cooperation with Mr Jorma Ojala from the Rescue Department of Lapland. CTIF would like to thank Mr Ojala for making this event possible.
By: Mikko Saastamoinen
Fire officer, Etelä-savon pelastuslaitos, Pieksämäen paloasema
Rescue department of South Savo