Civil protection

What does the Civil Protection do?


The Civil Protection renders assistance to the population when minor and major disasters occur. She provides reinforcement to emergency services with heavy and specialized equipment. The Civil Protection in Belgium comprises 450 professionals and 650 volunteers that are available 24h/24, 365 days a year. They work in six operational units that are scattered on the Belgian territory.

Intervention Modules

Catalogue of the Civil Protection intervention modules.

Specialized teams

The Civil Protection and the fire departments have a number of tasks for which they need to use special techniques or need special equipment. To be able to execute these specialized tasks correctly, a few specialized teams were created.


Courses of trainings at the Civil Protection.

Technical experts, just like technical assistants, get to lead a company and report...

When an operational co-operator or sergeant passes the promotion examination level C,...

Operational co-operators with two years of seniority can register for the training “...

Each operational co-operator starting as an agent at the Civil Protection follows a teaching practice of 3 months:...

Operational units

The Civil Protection provides the population with assistance in case of small or big disasters. They work in six operational units spread over the Belgian territory:

  • Brasschaat (near Antwerp)
  • Crisnée (near Liège)
  • Ghlin (near Mons)
  • Jabbeke (near Oostende and Bruges)
  • Libramont (near Luxembourg)
  • Liedekerke (near Brussels)


The reform of the civil security (in particular the fire departments and the Civil Protection) has three main goals: an optimal organization of the relief provided to the population; increasing the safety of the citizens and relief workers; professionalization of the work frame for the members of the emergency services, regarding training, equipment, standard operational procedures, uniform statute of professionals and volunteers in fire brigades, ...

Civil Security is a part of Ministry of the Interior