Serge Metral works at the SNCF Centre d’Ingénierie du Matériel (Rolling Stock Engineering Centre) and he is rthe Head of coordination, standardisation and regulation. In addition he is the convenor of CEN TC256 WG1 Fire Protection in Rolling stock and the deputy for CER in the TSI LOC&PAS working party. From 1990 to 1997 he was head of the Fire Laboratory of SNCF and the project leader of FIRESTARR (Research project founded by the UE). The SNCF Centre d’Ingénierie du Matériel (Rolling Stock Engineering Centre): Technical responsibilities: Project Management Safety and braking equipment Diesel engine Bogies and bearing equipment Propulsion and energy conversion Body structure and interior fittings Systems engineering and transverse functions Services: Procurement and refurbishment of rolling stock Assessment and diagnostics Functional and technical standards drafting Safety equipment integration and qualification Verification of component compliance with standards & regulations Assistance and advice for rolling stock design and homologation