Location: Bergen, Norway
Type of event: Regional
Date: 29 - 30 November 2017
Experiences from tunnel fires, report from a eyewitness, danger with debris during a fire, experiences from tunnel fire training in Switzerland and presentation of technologies was some of the topics in this seminar.
Einar Morland and his family traveled on the west coast of Norway, when they suddenly found themselves in a tunnel fire, inside a 11.4 km long tunnel. A tunnel that turned out to have no emergency exits and limited safety equipment to support their effort to escape to safety. Einar Morland and his family, together with 62 other, was trapped in smoke for over 2 hours. This moving eyewitness depiction of the incident, highlights the need for self rescue measures in tunnels and is a valuable lesson in the work to improve tunnel safety.
In the last months Gunnar Jenssen have studied self rescue in tunnels and the use of rescue chambers in the industry. The presentation gave us a good overview of impact on human behaviour, and how self rescue can be improved significantly by using safety measures.
In general, a well organised seminar that gave the participants good opportunities to communicate and learn about important topics. Important seminar for both road authorities and fire departments in a region with over 500 tunnels, including long single tube tunnels and sub sea tunnels with severe self-rescue challenges.