Despite global challenges currently, we are still able to process new members and registrants and we are functioning as a remote organisation, for the most part.
Membership application assessment panels have seen continuing record numbers in applications being reviewed so far in 2020. On average, 60 per cent of the applications received are now submitted using our online application platform with the average number of applications processed in assessment periods so far this year at 200.
Although we have had our hand forced concerning the speed at which we have needed to modernise to allow remote reviewing to take place, it has meant that we remain able to offer the services that our member base have become accustomed to.
On Wednesday 11th March, six fire cadets took part in the Lancashire Group Under 18 Lecturette Competition at the University of Central Lancashire.
The six cadets delivered excellent presentations of a variety of subject matters, educating everyone in the audience
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.
Transport SIG members on the DFDS Delft Seaways Bridge
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.
Stuart Devereux from Cheshire Fire and Rescue opened the symposium
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 cadets presented to a full house of service colleagues, cadets, volunteers and guests
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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