The Swedish Fire Protection Committee of Agriculture, FPCA

In Sweden known as Lantbrukets Brandskyddskommitté, LBK.

FPCA is a cooperation organisation for agriculture, authorities, organisations and insurance companies. The purpose of FPCA is to reduce fire losses and to work for the improvement of fire prevention and protection in agriculture. The work of FPCA is also aiming at more uniform and appropriate fire protection regulations. Furthermore, FPCA, is issuing written recommendations and information about loss preventive measures for hazardous installations and the safe working of these installations. FPCA is an organisation within The Swedish Fire Protection Association, SFPA (www.brandskyddsforeningen.se)

In order to place agriculture in a total context I would briefly like to draw a picture of the extent of fire occurrences in buildings in Sweden.

Farming

In Sweden we have approximately 75 000 farms. Fire statistics show that between 2 000-4 000 fire incidents occur every year, i e on one farm of 20. Of these fires almost 30 farms are destroyed, and the large losses only (above SEK 1,0 million each) amount to 100 million SEK. Two buildings on the average burn down to the ground in each large fire. The costs of all fires in Swedish agriculture amount to 400 million SEK yearly. Electrical faults, heating, machinery and lightning are common fire setters.

CFPA Europe

The European fire protection associations have decided to produce common guidelines in order to achieve similar interpretation in European countries and to give examples of acceptable solutions, concepts and models. The Confederation of Fire Protection Associations in Europe (CFPA E) has the aim to facilitate and support fire protection activities across Europe. 

This guideline is primarily intended for the public. It is also aimed at the rescue services, consultants, safety companies and the like so that, in the course of their work, they may be able to help increase fire protection in society.

This draft guideline has been produced by Arne Kallstenius of The Swedish Fire Protection Association, in cooperation with Björn Björkman, Secretary of The Swedish Fire Protection Committee of Agriculture, FPCA