A conference on African membership of the International Sports Federation of Firefighters and Rescuers (ISFPS) was held via video link on 1 July
One of the priorities of the International Federation of Fire and Rescue Sport is to bring countries together to promote fire and rescue sport internationally. It is safe to say that every year the scale of the World Championships in Fire and Rescue Sport approaches that of the Olympic Games.
On 1 July 2022, the International Sports Federation of Fire fighters and Rescuers together with the International Civil Defence Organization (ICDO) organised and held an International Conference on Fire and Rescue Sport in the African continent by videoconference.
The Conference was attended by civil defence representatives from 8 African countries: the People's Democratic Republic of Algeria, Burkina Faso, the Republic of Cameroon, the Gabonese Republic, the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire, the Republic of Mali, the Republic of Niger and the Republic of Tunisia.
The Conference considered the tasks on development of fire and rescue sport at the international level, entry of the member countries of the International Civil Defence Organization into the International Sports Federation of Firefighters and Rescuers, popularization of the profession of firefighter and rescuer on the basis of international cooperation, as well as organization and participation of the national teams of the new countries in the world championships in fire and rescue sport.
At the end of Conference were signed applications on accession of three states of the African continent (Republic of Cameroon, Republic of Cote d'Ivoire and Republic of Niger) to membership of the International Sports Federation of Firemen and Rescuers.
It was noted at the Conference that all assistance, including training and methodological assistance, would be provided to new African countries that were considering joining the International Sports Federation of Firefighters and Rescuers.
The highlight of the Conference was the awarding of the invitation letters to the World Championship of Fire and Rescue Sport to be held in Samarkand, Republic of Uzbekistan from 29 September to 5 October, 2022.
The Conference was held in a warm and friendly atmosphere. The participants expressed their desire to further strengthen cooperation aimed at the exchange of experience and further development of fire and rescue sport.