IOSH Swiss Network event and site visit - Olten, Switzerland

An organisation's reponse to Fire - explanation and demonstration

IOSH Swiss Network event and site visit - Olten, Switzerland
  • Mon 18 Mar 2019 9:00 AM -
    Mon 18 Mar 2019 4:30 PM

  • Lernwerkstatt Olten,
    Riggenbachstrasse 8,
    4600 Olten,

  • Branch meeting, Branch networking, Networking, Branch seminar

  • This event is free to attend


The IOSH Swiss Network is pleased to confirm details of it's next face-to-face meeting that will take place in Olten, Switzerland, focussing on fire safety.

An organisation’s response to fire - explanation and demonstration of the Swiss Federal Railroad’s rail mounted rescue / firefighting trains.

This meeting will be organised in collaboration with the IOSH Fire Risk Management Group.

What's in it for you?

This event will include 2 sessions :

The morning session, run in conjunction with the IOSH Fire Risk Management group, will address an organisation's response to fire.

By their very nature, organisations vary widely in a number of different ways. Whether it is size, activity, locations, substances or the diversity of their employees, all will potentially have a major impact on the way in which the organisation responds to fire and emergency situations.

This interactive discussion and presentation will explore the differences that may exist and the potentially different responses. Participants will be asked to consider key learning points from a number of different scenarios. We will consider, in light of an organisation emergency action plan, the strengths and weaknesses of:

  • Fire wardens
  • Hand held fire extinguishers
  • Emergency Teams
  • Internal Fire Brigades or
  • External service response only
  • A relationship between the organisation and the external fire service?


The afternoon Session, organisaed by the Swiss Federal Railroad, will be a site visit to their facility in Olten, Switzerland.

The SBB firefighting system has an  intervention capacity that includes 16 fire stations throughout Switzerland with 330 employees. The stations are manned using five 24-hour watches.
The system has 16 Fire / Safety Trains, and nine specialised rail cars equipped with material for rerailing trains.

The goal of the SBB firefighting system is, in the event of an incident, rescue and fire suppression as well as to return to normal railway operations as quickly as possible.
These units are equipped to deal with rescue, first aid, fire suppression, train derailments and the sheltering of victims in an area of safety.

The rail-based fire/rescue units have the capacity to extinguish different kinds of fires using diverse extinguishing agents.
There is a rail car with for the maintenance and storage of equipment for the rail-based firefighters including self-contained breathing apparatus, other personal protective equipment, as well as a thermal imaging camera to locate people in need of rescue.
Additionally there is also a specialised pressurized and waterproof rail car to shelter victims of the incident

Who should attend

This event is aimed at both IOSH members and non-members and will be of particular interest to company management, health and safety managers, safety officers and people involved in risk management.

What you need to know

As with all IOSH events, any value gained from attending this event can be recorded in your CPD portfolio and attendance certificates can be provided on request.

Lunch and refreshments are not provided but can be purchased locally by delegates.

View the event brochure here

To register, please complete our google form

Further details, including directions to both sites, will follow.

Please contact Dr David Gold, Chair, IOSH Fire Risk Management Group with any queries. 



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