30 July 2004, the Ghislenghien gas pipeline explosion… 10 years.

[Zele] – Just before 09:00hr we received a telephone call from the operational crisis management centre of Fluxys, the Belgian natural gas pipeline operator. Around 09:00 an explosion had occurred of a gas cloud that had escaped from a rupture in a DN1000 80bar gas pipeline on the industrial estate in the village of Ghislenghien, […]

What First Responders in CBRN need to know …

[Brussels, BE] – Unknown to many, yet very valuable. NATO’s Civil Protection Group (CPG) has published in the second half of 2013 the brochure “The International CBRN Training Curriculum”, a set of standards and guidelines that define the minimum level of competence and training for first responders to CBRN (= HAZMAT) incidents.        […]

CEMAC in New NATO Project — Telemedicine for Major Emergencies

[Brussels, BE] – The 13 & 14 February Kick-off Conference marked the start of a new and challenging R&D project in which we are involved. Three nations: Romania, Russia and the United States of America co-chair the “Development of a Multi-national Telemedicine System” (MnTS) project embedded in the NATO-Russia Council and financially supported by the […]

Looking Back – Coastal Flood Exercise (COFLEX 2008)

The warnings that the autumn storm Xaver might bring havoc to the lower countries brings back memories of the 2008 Coastal Flood Exercise “COFLEX” organised by CEMAC. This exercise was made possible with European INTERREG funding and involved a scenario in which the provinces of West-Vlaanderen (Belgium) and Zeeland (the Netherlands) joined efforts to manage […]

Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) … what after that?

An editorial post by Luc Rombout, Global Director of Communications of IAEM (International Association of Emergency Managers) and senior consultant at CEMAC.   We do not care … Emergency managers do not really care that much about the “probability” of events and the actual underlying causes. We do not focus on whether the typhoon that […]

SARTISS 2013 – A lustrum edition

(Baile-Felix, RO) – CEMAC was invited for the fifth consecutive time to participate actively in the SARTISS conference, held in the Spa Resort village of Baile-Felix, Romania. SARTISS started as a small initiative five years ago, bringing together practitioners from Mountain Rescue, Fire Brigade and Medical emergency services in an attempt to develop a multi-disciplinary, […]

Godinne Train Accident

Brussels, 25 September 2013 – the Belgian national crisis centre “CGCCR” hosted a lessons learned session on the train accident that occurred in the village of Godinne on 11 May 2012. The presentations of that lessons learned session can be found at: CGCCR page in Dutch CGCCR page in French

Article in magazine “Stuur” (Review for Local Public Management)

Brugge / Zele – The September 2013 issue of “Stuur” an independent magazine for managers of local authorities and local management contains an article by Luc Rombout on risks, risk denial and risk management and the consequences for local authorities. The article contains examples for police management, management of hospitals and local “OCMW/CPAS” and of […]

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