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His publication mainly addresses lessons learnt from the management of fires in buildings, both in public and private premises. It reports some relevant or catastrophic fire events occurred in Europe, including such aspects as building structure, occupancy, fire fighting, fire causes and consequences. Major emphasis is placed however on drawing lessons learnt concerning fire prevention and safety measures, emergency plans and other preparedness actions, and interventions of emergency services (mainly fire brigades) for people rescue and fire fighting that can help to prevent and deal with future fires in buildings.

THe publication is the result of the contributions from experts from EU Member States and Accession and Candidate Countries that participated in the workshop held at the EC Joint Research Centre (JRC) in Ispra, Italy, on 22-23 September 2003. The workshop was organised within the framework of the JRC's NEDIES Project (Natural and Environmental Disaster Information Exchange System).

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Authors: HERVAS J, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for the Protection and the Security of the Citizen, Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 21006 EN (2003), 120 pp. Free of charge
Availability: Available from European Commission, JRC Knowledge Management Unit, Ispra (IT) Tel: +39 033278 9843 or +39-033278-9864 Fax: +39-033278-9623 E-mail:
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