The number of deaths is much higher than in neighbouring countries.
For example, six times more fire-fighters have died in service over the past 10 year in Belgium than was the case in the Netherlands.
A lack of training is cited as a possible reason for the higher fatality rate here.
The first practical training courses only started here half way through the 1990’s. To this day, not all fire-fighter have been given practical training.
Nevertheless, progress is being made. For example, a new practical training course started recently for member of the fire service in the West Flemish municipality of Zedelgem.