IFE members enjoy day of learning at Yorkshire & Humber CPD event

Dozens of IFE members descended on North Yorkshire for a development day packed with operational learning.

The Continuous Development Day at Easingwold on 12 November offered Yorkshire & Humber branch members with four hours of development, covering everything from a fire involving millions of tyres to Coroners Regulation 28 notices.

The event entitled “Organisational Risk Management and identifying lessons learnt” was organised by Area Manager Carl Boasman GIFireE.

Mark Nishapati FIChemE, (Director of Health and Safety at Yorkshire Water), provided an overview of his experience within the nuclear oil and gas industry over a 30-year period. Mark has led investigations across the world following accident or critical system failures and through case studies he shared his experiences and the lessons learnt over 3 decades.  It was clear that Mark lived and breathed safety and it was a privilege to listen and learn from his experience and thoughts around health and safety in critical environments.

Group Manager Alan Bell from North Yorkshire FRS, provided an overview and the lessons learnt following a significant fire within North Yorkshire, which contained millions of used vehicle tyres. His presentation included the challenging circumstances of determining the cause of fire, the impact of a large-scale response from the Fire and Rescue Service and their ongoing commitment to the incident, which continued for almost a year. Alan also highlighted the relationship with partners such as Environment Agency and the challenges of increased storage of recycling across the County.

After lunch Area Manager Guy Keen FIFireE from Merseyside FRS presented the learning from the Kings Dock multi-storey carpark fire. Guy outlined the operational complexities associated with the incident, the challenging circumstances of the fire investigation, the findings from the fire safety report which highlighted the spread of fire, and building construction. Finally, Guy discussed the operational/organisational learning for all partners involved and the challenges of progressing to the recovery stage, given that the main car parking for the Liverpool echo arena remains unusable.

The final presentation to conclude the theme of “Organisational Risk Management and identifying lessons learnt” was presented by Area Manager Stewart Nicholson from South Yorkshire FRS, who provided an overview of the National Operational Learning (NOL) project, which has been coordinated through the NFCC. Stewart demonstrated how NOL is enabling the fire sector to share the lessons learnt following organisational debrief, lessons learnt or operational learning following Coroners Regulation 28 notices across the UK.

The CPD event was closed and the Annual General Meeting for the Yorkshire & Humber region was held with Steve Helps MIFireE, branch chair providing a look back over the previous year’s activities across the branch. Four CPD events have been held across the region all attributing CPD hours for delegates. In line with the branch constitution, nominations for official branch positions were received and approved and the finances for 2017- 2018 were approved. Planning also began for the 2019 CPD events.

Steve Helps, Yorkshire and Humberside Branch