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Marc Chenevoy ends his successful career at Euralarm

24 July 2020

After fifteen years of service Marc Chenevoy has put an end to his activities for Euralarm. A last interview with Euralarm’s Technical Manager who witnessed so many trends and developments in the fire safety and security industry.

 

Marc has been with Euralarm for quite a while: “I lived in the friendly surrounding of Euralarm since 2004, representing Bosch Security Systems in France. I started my duties as Technical Manager at Euralarm officially in July 2011. During these early years, we initialized the development of European standards for security applications, a huge task especially since various national documents were used locally to assess national certifications for insurance companies.”

Working on standards

Among the topics that Marc worked on are intruder alarms, video surveillance, and access control and of course the fire standards. Marc: “These standards existed already but it had been decided to place the fire products under the Construction Products Directive that was converted later into the Construction Product Regulation. Then the nightmare started!”

Working as a Technical Manager within an association that has the focus on Europe, it’s obvious that most of the activities involve common European objective. As Marc explains with an example: “From 2002, consolidating the country specific sources gave birth to the idea of the “One stop testing, one stop certification” concept. This concept was largely supported by the industry as it would reduce the fragmentation within the security sector. Euralarm took the ball and started promoting the European Quality Mark (EQM) which later developed into the CertAlarm certification scheme. A great idea that turned out to be difficult to realize over time due to the market resistance to change. Market fragmentation is hard to crack at EU level.”

Involved in work European Commission

With Euralarm celebrating its 50th anniversary this year and representing the European fire safety and security industry, it is obvious that the association has all the qualities to act as partner of the European Commission. Marc Chenevoy: “Over the years Euralarm got more involved with the European Commission. Among the vast amount of legislation that we contributed to are the New Legislative Framework, the CE marking, Construction Product Regulation, Radio Equipment Directive and other directives. The support from Orgalim has always been a great asset to cope with the many changes as it became much more complex to manage on our own.” He continues smiling: “Overall, enthusiasm is part of the game with the hope to see the single EU market taking shape. Since I started 15 years ago, the dream has yet to come true…”

Serving several sections

When asked about his view on the growth of our association Marc answers: “Euralarm was initially organized with several Standing Committees addressing the current matters; it later got converted into two sections, Fire and Security. The Services Section started later under the Presidency of Marc Chabaud. Finally, Euralarm reached its current size with the recent creation of the Extinguishing section. The diversity of the membership made our work challenging in a positive way and It has been a great experience to meet colleagues and members and organize meetings in most capitals of Europe. Finally, the opening of the Eastern European market has been a great initiative allowing members to meet the local Trade Associations and share good practices with other members.”

Where does Euralarm stand now? Marc: “I had the pleasure to work together with Dirk Gesenhues as General Secretary and Glen Dale as General Director to structure the association to what it is now. I witnessed five enjoyable Presidencies with Gustav Pfister, Hansjürg Mahler, Marc Chabaud, Enzo Peduzzi and presently Martin Harvey. But we’re not finished yet. I wish Paul van der Zanden and the Professional Team good luck and courage to continue developing the organisation. Keep up the good work!”

Martin Franke

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