Development in crises response and the safety regions in the Netherlands, a glimpse

The Dutch Safety Regions are the public bodies tasked with civil defence and crisis management for their respective geographic regions. As such, these organisations coordinate fire departments, public health, and public order organisations in disaster preparedness, response, and cleanup. With such a crucial role, it is not surprising that their methods and approaches have evolved over the years, especially with regards to such current issues as terrorism and pandemics. 

L.S.A. Custodia is therefore happy to announce that we are organising an event with speakers from the Safety Region Flevoland and Safety Region Gooi and Vechtstreek. They will give us a tour through the inner workings of the organisation and the practical considerations that go into their work. This event will be an opportunity to see the actual work done in the safety and security fields and a chance to ask real safety and security professionals questions on what their work entails. The event will be online with an interactive component, taking place on the 29th of October, from 15:00-16:00. Information on the platform and means of joining the event will be forthcoming. We hope to see you all there!

A brief introduction
The Dutch Safety Regions Act has a long history. This Safety Regions Act seeks to achieve an efficient and high-quality organisation of the fire services, medical assistance and crisis management under one regional management board. The Dutch crisis management system is built on Government and Governance.

In the Netherlands, there are 25 Safety Regions, which play a role in the actual Covid-19 crisis. This Covid crisis is global and affects municipalities, counties, states and countries. If a crisis crosses regional borders or if the scale of the crisis is at a national level, the federal government will assume responsibility.

Introduction speakers:

Han van Dijk Ba-MCPM is senior disaster and crisis management advisor at the safety regions Flevoland and Gooi en Vechtstreek. Earlier (before the safety regions act) Han worked was senior advisor crisis management and safety and security management for the Mayor of Lelystad.

From 2015-2019  Han was visiting lecturer for the officers course at the Fire Service Academy the Netherland (Institute for Safety) and visiting lecturer for the bachelor safety and security management at the NCOI. 

Mr. Ing Ruud Walters MCDM is head disaster and crisis management and head of the safety office (veiligheidsbureau) at the Safety Regions Flevoland and Gooi en Vechtstreek. Ruud is visiting lecturer and examinor for the Regionaal Operationeel Leider course at the Crisis management Academy (Institute for Safety)

Ruud is at present leading officer (regionaal operationeel leider) Covid for the Safety Regions Flevoland and Gooi and Vechtstreek.