The number of female firefighters, both professional and volunteer, decreased significantly over the past year. This year there are 25 percent less volunteer and 10 percent less professional female firefighters. A new, more intense condition test and changes within the corps are to blame, according to the federation for volunteer firefighters VBV, NOS reports.
The body of a 13-year-old boy was pulled from the Waal river in Tiel on Thursday night. He disappeared under water while swimming with friends earlier that afternoon. The boy is the third person to drown in the Waal in five days.
The boy was reported missing in the water around 3:00 p.m., according to Omroep Gelderland. Divers from the fire department immediately launched a search for the boy, aided from the air by a police helicopter, but to no avail. A special team with sonar equipment found the body around 9:00 p.m.
Dutch firefighters had their hands full battling forest fires in the Noord-Brabant nature area Mariapeel and on Terschelling during the early hours of Friday morning. The fires in both areas are now under control, with occasional flare-ups. Firefighters and the Forestry Commission are monitoring the areas, keeping the edges around the fires wet so it can't spread, Omroep Brabant and NOS report.
The fire department issued a code red warning for forest fires in Noord-Brabant and Zeeland due to the hot and dry weather conditions expected in the provinces on Wednesday and Thursday. Meteorological institute KNMI also issued a code yellow heat warning for most of the Netherlands.
The police pulled a body out of the Waal river at Sluis St. Andries in the municipality of Maasdriel on Tuesday. The identity of the victim is still unknown, but the police could confirm that it was not a swimmer who disappeared while swimming in the Waal at Andelst on Tuesday afternoon. A search for the swimmer was called off around 7:00 p.m. without result, according to De Gelderlander.
The Amsterdam police had to close down the Van Hogendorpplein and a number of surrounding streets on Thursday morning because a seemingly disturbed man was throwing bricks from the roof of the Westerpark school. It took firefighters and a police negotiator over an hour to talk him down, Het Parool reports.
The man was taken to a hospital by ambulance. His condition is unknown.
Local residents told Het Parool that the man lives on nearby Van der Duinstraad and has mental health problems. His neighbors describe him as flirty and "eccentric".
One person was killed when a fire broke out in a cell at the prison in Scheveningen during the early hours of Thursday morning. The other prisoners in the affected wing were evacuated and given shelter elsewhere in the complex. No one else was injured, the Telegraaf reports.
A freight train collided with a truck in northern Limburg on Tuesday morning. The accident happened at a railway crossing near Colombusweg, between Blerick and Sevenum. No one was injured. No train traffic will be possible between Eindhoven and Venlo for the rest of the day, ProRail expects, ANP reports.
The police are investigating whether arson was involved in a large fire that started at waste disposal company Icova in Amsterdam's Westelijk Havengebied on Saturday, RTL Nieuws reports.
The fire started around 7:30 p.m. on Saturday and was still not completely extinguished by noon on Monday. The pontoon between Hemkade and Nieuwe Hemweg was unable to sail for several hours on Monday morning due to smoke. Nieuwe Hemweg itself was also closed for several hours.
One person was buried under rubble when part of the former Woerden town hall collapsed during demolition work on Friday morning. The person's condition is unclear. So far the fire department couldn't make contact, a spokesperson for the local safety office Veiligheidsregio Urecht said to NU.nl.
Rescuers can't start searching for the victim, due to the risk of collapse. Specialists are on their way to assess the situation.
According to ANP, the second floor collapsed during sawing work and it took the first floor with it.
A freight train collided with an excavator at a guarded railway crossing in Deurne around 6:00 a.m. on Monday morning. No one was injured, according to the fire department. But no train traffic will be possible between Helmond and Horst-Sevenum for at least the rest of the day, NS warns.
How the accident happened is still unclear, according to newspaper AD. It seems that the train dragged the excavator for several meters. The excavator driver managed to jump out in time to avoid serious injuries. A number of the overhead lines were damaged.
One person was killed and another injured in a fire in a building in Venlo on Thursday afternoon, the Limburg-Noord fire department said on Twitter.
According to local safety office Veiligheidsregio Limburg-Noord, the fire started on the second floor of care institute Via Cresceno. Emergency services started evacuating the building around 12:00 p.m.
The fire department has the fire under control. It is unclear how it started.
One person was killed and two others sustained minor injuries in an explosion that wiped out an entire floor of a retirement apartment building in Veendam on Wednesday morning, local safety office Veiligheidsregio Groningen said on Twitter.
A huge explosion in an apartment building in Veendam on Wednesday morning left the building on the edge of collapse, the Groningen fire department said on Twitter. The apartment building is located on the corner of Julianalaan and Prins Bernhardlaan. Emergency services are at the scene.
The fire department scaled the situation up to Grip 2, which is used in incidents that have a definite effect on the surrounding area. A single command is established and the mayor of the municipality was informed.
A wild boar got stuck in a fence on Dianestraat in Waalre on Monday afternoon. The animal was eventually shot and killed by a hunter, after firefighters unsuccessfully tried to free the boar by sawing through the fence bars, a witness said to Omroep Brabant.
A large fire broke out in a vacation home in the Hommelheide resort in Susteren around 5:45 a.m. on Tuesday morning. Four people were injured, three of whom had to be taken to hospital for further treatment, De Limburger reports.
The fire broke out in a chalet on Hommelweg. The chalet was inhabited by seven foreign workers, according to the newspaper. Six of them managed to escape the fire unaided. Firefighters had to find and bring out the seventh resident.
The fire was under control around 6:30 a.m. The home completely burnt down and can be considered lost.
A fire that broke out in a student dorm on Nieuwe Ebbingestraat in Groningen on Monday left three people injured. One was taken to the hospital for treatment, the other two were treated at the scene. The fire department managed to extinguish the fire relatively quickly, Oog TV reports.
Firefighters responded en masse due to the belief that people were trapped in the burning dorm. This turned out not to be the case. The dorm was ventilated after the fire was extinguished.
About a dozen homes were evacuated in Doetinchem, Gelderland on Monday morning after burglars used heavy explosives to steal from a Rabobank cash machine. Plumes of smoke hung over the city after the blast, with witnesses first calling emergency services around 4:10 a.m., police said in a statement.
More explosives were found at the scene by a bomb disposal unit, prompting emergency teams to evacuate the area as a precaution. The explosive material was later detonated at another location.
A large fire broke out in an empty supermarket in the Nijmegen shopping center Weezenhof during the early hours of Tuesday morning. A lot of smoke is being released. The fire department advises local residents to stay out of the smoke and keep windows, doors and ventilation closed. People are also instructed to stay away from the area as there may be a gas leak, the Telegraaf reports.
From today until Thursday the port of Rotterdam will be the scene of large drills on what to do during terrorist attacks or other large emergencies and threats. The port protection exercise is called "Port Defender Rotterdam" and includes the Royal Navy, the National Police, the Port of Rotterdam and the local safety office Veiligheidsregio Rotterdam-Rijnmond, AD reports.
The male resident of a farm in Exloo, Drenthe is missing after a massive fire at his property on Wednesday night. The property, which included the Turv Exloo Distillery, a barn and a farmhouse, went up in flames and burnt to the ground. Emergency services will search the remains of the buildings to find out whether the man was killed in the fire, ANP reports.
Emergency services managed to make contact with the man's wife. She is staying with relatives elsewhere in the country and could give no clarity on his whereabouts.
One person was killed and another slightly injured in a fire in a seniors' apartment building in Landgraaf, Limburg on Wednesday night, De Limburger reports.
The fire started around 11:30 p.m. on the third floor of the complex on Kerkstraat. Firefighters responded en masse, including departments from Germany, according to the newspaper.
Around midnight the fire department decided to evacuate the complex. Residents of the 48 apartments were given shelter in a nearby building. The fire was under control around 1:00 a.m.
A villa on Ouwer in Etten-Leur was destroyed by a fire that the police believe was caused by an explosion during the early hours of Sunday morning. The home belonged to drug criminal Johan V., RTL Nieuws reports.
The building was completely destroyed in the fire. According to the fire department, no one was inured. The fire started around 01:00 a.m. on Sunday. Local residents heard three bangs, they told BN de Stem. They expect the explosion was an attack in the criminal environment. "They threw fire bombs through the windows", a neighbor said to the newspaper.
Two bodies were found in the old Hotel Rembrandt on Patersstraat in Arnhem on Thursday night, the police said in a statement. The victims are a man and a woman.
The police responded to the building around 7:30 p.m. after an alarm went off. No further details were given, other than that the police are investigating the circumstances of the victims' deaths.