Annual Fire Related Research Event 2019

This year’s research event was as stimulating and eclectic as ever, with topics spanning the broad spectrum of fire. Dr Rowena Hill and Dr Anne Eyre hosted RE19 at West Midlands Fire Service HQ in Birmingham, which is a great setting for this annual gathering.

With so much going on in the fire and rescue service it was inevitable that the inspection process would be on the agenda. Academics from Nottingham Trent University shared their thoughts about the new process from HMICFRS. Without the benefit of the third and final tranche of reports or the State of Fire Report, the researchers confined themselves to the findings from the early inspections.

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Rasbash Lecture 2019

The IFE’s annual Rasbash Lecture took place at Surgeons’ Hall, Edinburgh on Friday 8th November. With the theme of “Investigating the physics of wildfires to help build resilience in society”, it proved a compelling insight into this topical issue. Professor Albert Simeoni provided the audience with a comprehensive overview of the challenges that our societies face and what can be done to overcome them.

The lecture was well attended with more than 100 fire professionals and students in the lecture hall as Professor Simeoni focussed particularly on the issue of Wildland-Urban Interface alongside the research that can be developed to mitigate the impact of wildfires. With a wide range of examples and a thorough insight into the different approaches to firefighting and fire management alongside the fundamentals for the drivers of fire spread and fire impact. The knowledge and exploration of these topics really brought home the advancements in research and how current capacity to predict wildfire behaviour can be improved in an ever-changing environment.

At the conclusion of the lecture, Peter Holland CBE QFSM FIFireE (Life), Vice Chairman of the IFE was on hand to present Professor Simeoni with the prestigious Rasbash Memorial Medal.

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Transport SIG Trip to Liverpool Street

David Spaughton of the Transport SIG arranged a second visit to Liverpool Street Crossrail on 3rd October 2019 for interested colleagues to see the progress made to date.

The group were very impressed with the size, scope and architectural features seen. Dave also explained the workings of all the fire safety systems during the tour.

If you’d like to be a part of the Transport SIG click here.

FireNZ Annual Forum 2019

FireNZ 2019 will be held in Auckland, New Zealand 4 – 6th September 2019. The conference is once again presented by the Fire Protection Association of New Zealand, the Society of Fire Protection Engineers NZ Chapter, and the Institution of Fire Engineers New Zealand Branch.

The annual FireNZ national conference has established a reputation as the premier fire industry event for keeping abreast of advancements in all aspects of fire safety in New Zealand. FireNZ provides a comprehensive national forum for fire industry professionals. It draws delegates from countries throughout the Pacific and keynote speakers from around the world.

The conference programme is designed to provide insight and learning, to extend current thoughts on the various presentation topics, and to provide robust debate around key industry issues. FireNZ delegates are industry professionals with a strong interest in the latest developments across fire protection and related products and services.

Find out more and book your place.

UK IGA Working Group meeting – 27th June 2019

On 27th June the UK IGA working group met to discuss a number of subjects. It was hosted by Nottingham Fire & Rescue Service at their Highfields station.

The purpose of this group is primarily to debate issues that are unique to the UK-based branches, but also to take into consideration any issues that may have some form of knock-on effect to all branches.

The first point of order was to seek and elect a new chair to the group. The position was taken by the Midlands IGA representative; Bill Gough who was unanimously supported.

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North East Midlands Branch CPD event – 28th June 2019

The branch held its first major large all day CPD event of the year at the National Space Centre in Leicester, UK.

The event had a formal CPD value of 6 hours, this award reflected the length of the event alongside the standard of speakers and subjects, which included;

  • Case study of triple fatal fire and subsequent investigation challenges
  • Human behaviour in fire
  • Technology update; detection protection etc.
  • Hospital fire risk assessment
  • Professional competence following Grenfell
  • Debate on recent UK Consultation documents

IFE International President Richard Fowler presented on the first subject, giving an intimate and personal perspective based on his involvement leading his services investigation.

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IFE Thames Valley Branch AGM and CPD event

IFE Thames Valley Branch is holding its AGM, following a CPD event on July 22nd at the Defense Explosive Ordnance Disposal, Munitions and Search Training Regiment, MOD Bicester.

The event will run from 0900-1300, followed by the branch AGM.

The activity aims to provide a greater awareness of the MOD DEMS Provision and operational capabilities for incidents involving explosives, munitions, and chemical devices. Participants will also receive updates and refreshers on joint working protocols and best practice when working with MOD DEMS Personnel.

There will be opportunity to review OFRS Procedures for incidents involving explosives, joint training with Defence Fire & Rescue Management Organisation personnel and practical and theoretical input on land-based and water-based ordnance incidents.

Visits and Demos 0900-1300

  • Bomb Disposal Exhibition Hall Visit
  • Explosive search Dog Demo
  • Navy lake visit – Dive set management and water-based disposal
  • Biological, Chemical, Munitions & Disposal Demonstration and joint working review

Spaces on the CPD event are limited, so please contact thamesvalleyfire@hotmail.co.uk to secure your spot!