NEA Fire Incidents Records Exchange (FIRE) Project
The main purpose of
the project is to encourage multilateral co-operation in the collection
and analysis of data relating to fire events. The objectives of the
NEA Fire Project are to:
collect fire event experience (by international exchange) in an appropriate format in a quality-assured and consistent database;
collect and analyse fire events over the long term so as to better understand such events and their causes, and to encourage their prevention;
generate qualitative insights into the root causes of fire events in order to derive approaches or mechanisms for their prevention and to mitigate their consequences;
establish a mechanism for efficient operation feedback on fire event experience including the development of policies of prevention, such as indicators for risk-informed and performance-based
record characteristics of fire events in order to facilitate fire risk analysis, including quantification of fire frequencies.
Coding guidelines and a quality assurance manual have
been developed and validated by the project's participants. The project participants have
set up structures within their country to collect and validate
data for the project, which is now widely seen as the reference international database for fire events.
After having established the project quality guidelines and the quality-assurance procedure, data acquisition has proceeded according to plan. An updated version of the database is provided to all participants every year. Currently the event database contains more than 300 events. One or two meetings of the project steering body are held each year with the NEA's support. The last meeting was held in Paris, France in April 2016. The next meetings will be held in Korea in October 2016, and in Finland in May 2017.
Phase 4 (2013-2015) is complete. Phase 5 (2016-2019) has started.
Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Japan, Netherlands, Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States.
January 2016 to December 2019
~ EUR 336 000
Papers and conference presentations
Copies of these papers and conference presentations are available on demand from the NEA Secretariat.
W. Werner, A. Angner, M. Röwekamp, J. Gauvain - The OECD FIRE Database – Conclusion from Phase 2 and outlook - 11th international seminar on fire Safety • August 18-19, 2009 • Helsinki, Finland.
A. Angner, H.P. Berg, M. Röwekamp, W. Werner, J. Gauvain (2007) The OECD FIRE Database, 10th International Seminar on Fire Safety, Oshawa, Canada, 20-21 August 2007.
A. Angner, H.P. Berg, M. Röwekamp, W. Werner, J. Gauvain (2007) The OECD FIRE Project: Objectives, Status, Applications,
19th International Conference on Structural Mechanics in Reactor Technology (SMIRT-19), Toronto, Canada, 12-17 August 2007.
A. Angner, H.P. Berg, M. Röwekamp, W. Werner, J. Gauvain (2007) The OECD FIRE Database, Sonderheft KernTechnik, Volume 72 (2007) pp. 120-126.
H.P. Berg, A. Angner, E. Mathet, M. Röwekamp, W. Werner (2006) Recent Results from The OECD FIRE Project/Use of the OECD-FIRE Database, ESREL 2006 Safety and Reliability Conference, Esteril, Portugal, 18-22 September 2006.
W. Werner, A. Angner, E. Mathet, M. Roewekamp (2005) Recent Results from The OECD FIRE Project, 18th International Conference on Structural Mechanics In Reactor Technology (SMIRT 18) Post-Conference Seminar III, Vienna, Austria, 22-24 August 2005.
W. Werner, A. Angner, E. Mathet, M. Roewekamp (2005) Use of the OECD-FIRE Database, Ninth International Seminar on Fire Safety in Nuclear Power Plants and Installations, Vienna, Austria, 22-24 August 2005.
R. Bertrand, H. Boll, M. Röwekamp, E. Mathet (2005) Examples of the Use of the OECD Fire Database, NEA Workshop on Fire PSA, Puerto Vallata, Mexico, 23-25 May 2005.
M. Röwekamp, E. Mathet, A. Angner (2004) The OECD FIRE Project: A Framework for International Cooperation in Fire Data Collection and Analysis, Fire and Safety Conference, Munich, Germany, 11-12 March 2004.