North Western Branch Asbestos Symposium

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.

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AFSA Winter Conference 2019

At the end of November the IFE attended the Asian Fire Service Association Winter Conference in Sheffield. The event was hosted by South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, and featured two packed days focusing on the topics of Diversity and Inclusion.

The event bought together leading experts, practitioners and professionals from different sectors to provide a range of informative talks and workshops on a range of subject matters. Speakers included Roy Wilshire NFCC Chair, Professor Adam Dinham from Goldsmith University of London, Ann Millington Chief Executive Kent Fire and Rescue Service and Alison Dyson from South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue.

The conference also had a focus on celebrating achievements and recognising good practice, with the AFSA National Awards Ceremony taking place on the 28th. This was a night dedicated to recognising the fantastic work that is happening in the fire and rescue service and celebrating the efforts of individuals, teams and organisations.

You can watch the highlights from the conference here.

North East Midlands Branch CPD Event with Derbyshire Fire and Rescue

In November the North East Midlands Branch hosted a CPD event with Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service. The event was a great success and sold out weeks in advance!

The diverse agenda attracted a broad audience. The event was a great opportunity for local fire services to give their fire safety personnel exposure to subjects that they wouldn’t normally have access to. As a result, the fire services made up half of the audience. The other half of the attendees included; fire engineers, fire risk assessors, smoke control contractors and many more.

The day was opened by Derbyshire’s Chief Fire Officer, Gavin Tomlinson. Mr Tomlinson, a longstanding member of the IFE, spoke of his pleasure that Derbyshire FRS were able to host a CPD day on behalf of the IFE North East Midlands Branch and stressed the importance of continued professional development. This was followed by the first speaker of the day, Watch Manager Dave Coss. Mr Coss, a fire investigation specialist at Derbyshire FRS, presented a summary of a fatal fire he attended back in 2015. The session was particularly thought-provoking and bought to attention key aspects in building design.

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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.