The Federation of European Fire Officers (FEU) has announced the appointment of its President, Stephan Wevers, for a second three-year term. This appointment took place in Zagreb, Croatia, during the 54th FEU Council meeting on 9-10 November 2023.
Comprising many fire officer associations or state fire services in Europe (including the UK and Norway), FEU has at its helm a President, assisted by a management board consisting of four board members and a secretary. FEU is an independent professional body whose members are senior professionals with responsibility for the strategic management of Fire and Rescue Services and the ongoing professionalisation process.
Stephan Wevers’ first term was marked by a series of serious global crises. The federation faced challenges from several catastrophic events: the global pandemic of Covid-19, the large-scale war in Ukraine, and the ever-increasing forest fires. However, President Wevers notes with pride, “FEU has been able to learn from these world crises and to exchange knowledge and skills through joint action with its members”, which is one of the pillars of the FEU program, the Exchange of Experts and Knowledge. He also managed to address global issues such as Sustainability, DEI, and Energy Transition at special seminars and jointly issue a statement on these.
Under Wevers’ presidency, the other two pillars of the FEU vision, Leadership and The Voice, have developed significantly as well. An Officer Development Program was launched in spring 2022, followed up in June 2023, and registration for the 2024 edition is about to come. To be a strong voice for fire and rescue services at the European and global level, FEU focuses on being the point of contact concerning organisational, managerial, and strategic issues of fire and rescue service leadership in Europe for all parties.
Wevers stresses that his second term should be one of further grow of membership: “The development of the FEU will enable it to provide a good platform for new members. All of this will lead to a broad international network, enabling the FEU to spread its values to an ever-growing group: Sharing, Inspiring and Improving”.
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