Sponsored by Avon, Gloucestershire, and Devon and Somerset Fire & Rescue Services, the latest in the firefighter safety seminars explores lessons learned from distinctly different firefighting environments.
Adam Course BSc(Hons) MIFireE
Crew manager Adam Course has been at Avon Fire and Rescue Service for 10 years and has spent time studying fire-fighter fatalities and where possible near misses.
He has been part of the branch committee for the IFE Mid-Western Branch since it was reactivated several years ago now, holding position of Membership Officer, Events Co-ordinator, International General Assembly (IGA) Representative and Vice President. Adam is currently the Vice Leader of the IFE IGA and as of July 2016 took up the post of Leader of the IGA.
Adam Course will present on a variety of common firefighter safety issues both latent (often present for years prior to the incident) and active (decision based) that repetitively reappear at many firefighter fatality and near miss incidents in the UK but not just limited to the UK. The Swiss cheese metaphor is used to highlight some of the latent and active failings.
Since June 2016 Adam has been on a secondment to a joint venture run by The IFE and National Operational Guidance/National Operational Learning Project being run by the London Fire Brigade. This work involves forming a web based information/learning database where all available UK firefighter fatality and firefighter near miss information can be accessed, shared and learnt from by interested parties. This project is expected to expand to an international scale project run by the IFE, modelled on the UK version sometime afterwards if UK version is successful.
A presentation will be given on the common failings with an update on the progress of the firefighter safety database project which aims to help resolve one of the major repetitive latent failings at incidents and contribute where possible to resolving others.
He is RTC & heavy rescue instructor, first aid and trauma care instructor and has worked on projects including operational risk information gathering and pump operator training with the intention of improving operational performance of fire-fighting crews.
He holds an honours degree in Environmental Science gained at The University of Plymouth in 2000 and is a Member of the Institution of Fire Engineers
Group Manager David Brown
David is responsible for marine projects at Kent Fire & Rescue Service, which includes the production of Tactical Operational Guidance (TOGs), as well as SOPs for Incident Command and Control as well as Operations both on the vessel and port side. He also leads the working group stream for ship incidents alongside and provide national support, to other FRS through the Chief Fire Officers Association (CFOA) network.
He provides support for the national Fire and Rescue Marine Response (FRMR) "at sea" network, which includes Search and Reascue oprrations, national coordination and work with the MCA in support of developing a coordinated response to an incident at sea.
He will be writing National Operational Guidance for offshore operations centred around the Hazards and Controls of transportation.
David will be giving an account of a near miss associated with the 'MS Dieppe Seaways' incident in 2013. His expertise and authority in this field will provide a valuable insight into the FRS response to marine incidents.
Neil Gibbins QFSM FIFireE
IFE Chief Executive Officer, Neil Gibbins QFSM presents an outline of the investigation into the fatal fire at 'Paul's Hair World' in Manchester in 2013.
Neil’s 37 year operational fire service career spanned all roles from fire-fighter to Acting Chief Fire Officer. He has over twenty years of senior management experience and practical application of incident command, fire investigation, training and development and fire prevention/protection. He became Deputy Chief Fire Officer of Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service following the successful merger of the two services. Neil was project co-director for the combination, which is still the only voluntary fire- fire merger in the UK. As Deputy CFO, Neil had the responsibility for day to day running of one of the UK’s largest fire services with specific responsibility for performance and improvement.
Neil was lead officer for fire protection within the UK Chief Fire Officers Association from 2007 to 2013. Prior to that he chaired the working group that managed the implementation of the Fire Safety Order by English and Welsh fire services. These roles involved a wide range of fire protection challenges, from chairing a national timber frame building group through to designing data capture systems to aid future targeting and evaluation. Neil is now Chief Executive Officer of the Institution of Fire Engineers.
Neil has been awarded the Queen’s Fire Service Medal and is a Fellow of the Institution of Fire Engineers.
Whatever the environment or discipline, it is vitally important that we share insights and experiences to ensure the same mistakes are never made again. The ethos of the Mid-Western branch is to share knowledge and experience across a wide variety of fire engineering disciplines. By offering unique opportunities to learn from others, we can ensure that every opportunity is explored to develop our understanding.
The Mid-Western branch AGM will be held before the event, and you are encouraged to attend. We would also encourage you to consider applying to take up a role on the committee to ensure the continued success of the branch and to maintain the level and number of events that have helped to build the reputation and standing of the branch as one of the most successful IFE branches, offering many hours of CPD for the wider fire engineering community. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to nominate individuals or to enquire about the branch roles.