Three separate one day ‘focus’ conferences, will take the place of the International Tall Building Fire Safety Conference this year. The three themed events will feature expert speakers, latest innovations and open discussion forums to challenge current thinking. Co-located with FIREX and IFSEC exhibitions at the Excel, London, this is the best way to gain professional development under one roof.
All under one roof, the three conferences are co-located with FIREX and IfSEC exhibitions this year in a change to last year's programme. Photo: luchschen|123rf
Conference Director Russ Timpson says: “We’ve taken on-board the feedback comments from delegates. They wanted focus events where they could discuss current issues with their peers and colleagues from other industries and countries. All of the three one-day conferences – firefighting, construction and crisis management – are relevant and essential. We already have some great speakers lined up, so this should be part of your CPD programme for 2020.”
Details of each conference, how to book and early bird discounts are detailed below.
High Rise Firefighting – May 19, 2020 – techniques, case studies, innovation and best practice
Speakers from Canada, Australia, Germany and US will provide valuable insights into current best practice and firefighting innovation. The conference will be chaired by Roy Wilshire of the UK National Fire Chiefs Council. Highlights of the programme include detailed feedback on a major high rise firefighting exercise undertaken by Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service and firefighting jet nozzle techniques from an expert speaker from Canada. New procedures for ‘ascending exterior façade fires’ from Australia will also be showcased. Fighting fires in electric cars, in underground car parks will highlight an emerging hazard and seek to provide answers.
Russ Timpson of the Tall Building Fire Safety Network and conference director says: “This is a very timely meeting of firefighters from across the UK, Europe and internationally. The procedures for fighting fires in high rise buildings must be reviewed and improved.” The conference will be the largest gathering of firefighters working on high rise firefighting in recent years. There will be time during the conference for open question and answer sessions.
Serving firefighters can benefit from a specially discounted delegate rate of £95. The normal delegate fee is £395.
Serving firefighter code: FIREFIGHTER
Early bird code, on sale until January 31, 2020: EBIRD2020
Construction Fire Safety – May 20, 2020 – expert insights, latest thinking, case studies and networking
A recent spate of high-profile construction fires has raised questions about the efficacy of standards, guidance, insurance and risk management. Speakers from the US and UK will explore best practice and challenge current thinking. The conference will be chaired by Martin Wilshire, Safety Director of Multiplex. Highlights of the programme include a US perspective from Ray O’Brocki of the US Construction Fire Safety Coalition while industry stalwart, Stewart Kidd will delve into 'Special problems of construction fire safety management in high rise buildings’. Andrew Furness will reflect on CDM and the role of architects. Professor Ed Galea of Greenwich University will also report on new research into evacuations from construction sites.
“Modern methods of construction, increased use of timber and new technology such as BIM require us to constantly revaluate our techniques and processes with regard to the risk of fire,” says Russ Timpson. Ray Cook, HSE Principal Inspector, will provide latest thinking from the HSE on construction fire safety and the development of UK Government guidance.
Early bird code, valid until January 31 2020: EBIRD2020CFS
Crisis Management in Tall Buildings – May 21, 2020 – eminent speakers, case studies, threat assessments
Recent events such as terrorist attacks, cyber hacks, and drone scares have made the discipline of crisis management in tall buildings more relevant than ever. The conference will be chaired by Andy Baker, a highly experienced corporate security expert and former Commander in the Met Police, Deputy Director for the National Crime Agency. Highlights of the programme include a UK Government spokesman on building resilience, case studies of crisis management procedures from London’s iconic tall buildings, a view from the insurance industry and practical measures to implement crisis management in a tall building.
“This is a very timely meeting of tall building security colleagues from across the UK, Europe and internationally. The increase in the size and complexity of tall buildings in city centres means that we must stay ahead of emerging threats such as attacks and workplace violence, drones, and daily challenges that may disrupt businesses,” comments conference chair, Andy Baker.
Serving law enforcement officers and emergency service personnel can benefit from a specially discounted delegate rate of £95. The normal delegate fee is £395.
Serving police officer code: POLDISC2020
Early bird code, on sale until January 31, 2020: EBBIRDCC2020
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