The Salvage Foundation
The Salvage Foundation is an independent foundation and was set up in 1986 by the joint fire insurers that are all members of the Association of Insurers.
Thanks to the statements of support from the then Home Secretary and the Secretary of State for Justice, an extensive network could be set up in a few years’ time. The Salvage Foundation has been working throughout the Netherlands on behalf of the joint fire insurers since 1989. The Salvage Foundation has developed into a network organization in which public and private organizations have managed to build up a very good working relationship.
The Salvage Foundation has a national network of about 140 Salvage coordinators who are on-call and available through a duty roster 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Because of this, assistance is guaranteed within an hour after the emergency call of the fire brigade.
The Foundation does not employ any Salvage coordinators. They are experienced fire damage experts who have been trained by the foundation and who are available as a Salvage coordinator during several weeks per year. The fire damage experts that are temporarily employed by the Salvage Foundation work for an independent firm of experts during the remaining time of the year.
A fire, and the damage resulting from this, requires a specialist approach. The Salvage Foundation works together with certified calamity relief companies, which meet the quality requirements of the Salvage Foundation. These companies are also available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The commitment of Salvage coordinators, the reporting of a claim to the insurers and the administrative handling of it, is carried out by SOS International, which acts as the national emergency centre for the Salvage Foundation.