On Wednesday 11th March, six fire cadets took part in the Lancashire Group Under 18 Lecturette Competition at the University of Central Lancashire.
As part of a drive to expand the diversity of the group and involve the marine sector, we were extremely fortunate to hold our first meeting of the year afloat on the DFDS Delft Seaways cross channel ferry, travelling from Dover to Dunkirk.
Things were looking up from the outset as we were blessed with calm water in the channel. The day started with a briefing at Dover Fire Station, where we were able to bombard Dave Brown with questions about ship firefighting. This was followed by an interesting ‘follow the leader’ drive to the ferry port terminal. Having safely navigated the right lanes, we passed all our checks and drove onto the ferry just as if we were going on holiday!
On 6th March, the North Western Branch held an Asbestos Symposium at Halton Stadium in Widnes. The day aimed to establish a shared understanding of the hazard and risk posed by fire plumes which contain asbestos fibres, to establish the roles and capabilities of each agency involved with such an incident and to explore the expectations of affected communities in these situations.
Both IFE members and non-members alike attended this event, with guests from Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service, emergency planners from the local authority and commercial asbestos waste contractors all in attendance.
On Wednesday 4th March, the third final of the IFE Cheshire Group Lecturette Competition took place at Safety Central.
The finalists, Nantwich Cadet Roma Street, Widnes Cadet Lara Cook, Stockton Heath Cadet Jess Johnson, Congleton Cadet Joshua Vaughan, Middlewich Cadet Amy Teszke, Northwich Cadet Joe Mills and Chester Cadet Sam Moody all took to the stage to deliver presentations to service colleagues, cadets, volunteers and guests.
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Back in January, Programme Manager Steve Hamm and Membership Consultant Ralph Corbett had a great initial meeting with Julie King, Chair of Women in the Fire Service UK and committee member Jenny Hill. Women in the Fire Service UK is a not-for-profit, volunteer-led organisation, established in 1993. Their vision is: “to work with Fire and Rescue Services in developing a culture of equality of opportunity and to support all women in achieving their full potential within it.”
There were exciting and constructive talks about how the IFE and Women in the Fire Service could support each other in the future. We look forward to sharing this with you all in future editions of the e-newsletter. You can find more information about the Women in the Fire Service UK here.