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FPA, IFE and NFCC are pleased to announce the UK’s leading fire safety conference is back with headline sponsor AICO and supported by FSF.

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The UK’s leading fire safety conference is back for 2021. On the 9 November the FPA, IFE and NFCC will once again join forces to deliver a packed programme on the latest industry trends and tackle future challenges facing all areas of fire safety – learning lessons, shaping the future.

Times Radio presenter, Aasmah Mir returns to chair this year’s conference which will cover a variety of themes affecting all types of stakeholders in the sector. Our expert speakers will provide a refreshing and actionable take on these key challenges. These themes include collaboration and efficiency, competence and culture in fire and beyond, equality and diversity, and responsibility and accountability to name a few.

Join us in a unique space for key industry decision makers to come together collaboratively to discuss and debate sector issues head on. The 2021 conference will be delivered in a hybrid format, meaning you can attend in person or online. Whichever way you attend, you will have the opportunity to get involved and help us shape the future of fire safety.

Programme Highlights

Building Safety Regulator keynote session – As the first Chief Inspector of Buildings is appointed following the recommendations in the ‘Building a Safer Future’ report, come and listen to the HSE and understand the impact of the new regime for high-risk buildings.

Collaboration keynote session – Hayley Robinson, Group Chief Underwriting Officer, Zurich Insurance. It seems that collaboration is a given in the highly regulated and complex insurance industry but it isn't. Hayley will address how collaboration needs to start at the top and how this can initially appear overwhelming when working with legacy systems and understandings. The common goal of shared incentives and open communication need to be central to the fire sector as it moves forward and away from mistakes of the past.

Changing leadership and culture keynote session – A Framework for the Future. Amanda Long, Chief Executive, Building a Safer Future Charter will explore:

Why does the industry need to change and how do we go about it?

• How do we ensure that building safety always comes first?

• How do we rebuild public trust?

• How do we work to reduce risk profile?

• How will we know we that improvement is taking place?

Modern methods of construction panel debate – Various speakers, including the FPA's Technical Director, Dr Jim Glockling. As the use of modern construction materials and methods continues to grow, this panel debate will consider some of the challenges this brings and more recent initiatives such as self-extinguishment by design, protection and incident management for the fire and rescue service and uninsurable methods of construction.

Ethics workshop – Ron Dobson will discuss the importance of developing a culture that encourages integrity, trust and ethical professional behaviours.

CROSS-UK workshop – Neil Gibbins will introduce the Collaborative Reporting for Safer Structures UK (CROSS-UK) scheme and how it can benefit fire engineers globally through the early identification of trends and developments which might contribute to an increased risk to structural safety.

Technical update workshop – Hear the latest news and updates from a selection of IFE Special Interest Groups as well as an information update from Peter Wilkinson, IFE Technical Director.

Tall building fire workshop – Peter Stephenson of Warrington fire will provide an international perspective on tall building fires with a particular focus on specific incidents and the lessons learned.

Transforming culture and competence to improve fire safety workshop – This workshop led by the Fire Sector Federation will highlight the best management systems to facilitate competency and the ongoing national framework for fire risk assessor competency along with benefits of third-party certification.

The future of certification workshop – How can we trust the tests? With several testing failures being highlighted by the Grenfell Tower Inquiry, this workshop led by Jonathan O'Neill OBE will address if real life scenarios are sufficiently accounted for in the current suite of fire tests. Are the results of tests sufficiently clear or is there too much left for interpretation? Are organisations that undertake tests satisfactorily accountable and how do standards and testing keep pace with a fast-changing environment?

Procurement: the whole picture, ethics and sustainability workshop – Looking at the structure of procurement and how contracts can hamper collaboration, this workshop will consider organisational reputations and if this can supersede an awareness of conduct. It will address customer expectations versus realities and bring in the relationship around cost and issues with value engineering.

Building Risk Review workshop – Following a Ministerial request, in July 2019 the Chair of NFCC convened a new Fire Protection Board. The Board launched the Building Risk Review Programme to understand and help reduce fire risk in high-rise residential buildings. The programme aims to meet the Government’s ambition to significantly increase the pace of inspection activity across high rise residential buildings. Come and listen to the progress against the December 2021 deadline for phase two and plans for next steps at this workshop.

SEG: origins of waking watch workshop – Following the discovery of buildings involving similar external wall systems (EWS) to Grenfell, it became clear no central guidance existed on how to implement a temporary change to the evacuation strategy. The NFCC convened a group of industry professionals to produce a technical guide, whilst accepting that the principal way to reduce risk was to urgently remediate the non-compliant EWS. Amendments underscore the firm expectation that building owners should move to install common fire alarms as quickly as possible to reduce or remove the dependence on waking watches.

Gender imbalance, female diversity and inclusion in the fire sector and related industries panel debate – what is industry doing? Hosting high-profile leaders from fire, security and facilities management sectors, this panel debate will consider the imbalance of demographics and how diversity and inclusion can help to bring in change required for transforming cultures and practices.

White paper: reform of the Fire and Rescue Service keynote session – With the forthcoming release of the white paper in the Autumn of 2021 we will be taking this opportunity to discuss with senior government officials what this means for the future of the Fire and Rescue Service and how we ensure it can meet the challenges of the 21st century and be fit for the future!

Last year's digital conference saw more than 400 delegates book their place to stay in the know on the latest trends. Book your place today to avoid disappointment.

Day delegate ticket: £250.00 + vat

Day delegate ticket (Members): £200 + vat

Online delegate ticket: £100.00 + vat

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To enquire about sponsorship and exhibiting at the 2021 conference, email: jwyatt@thefpa.co.uk or click here to download the sponsorship brochure

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