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Firefighter Safety Perspectives

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This event considers a range of perspectives that effect firefighter safety arising from operational incidents. It offers an insight into various studies undertaken to better understand the issues surrounding operational response, and the psychological and physiological impacts that need to be considered.

09 00; Martin Shipp presents; Learning from Incidents, an International Perspective.

09 45; Dr Anna Stec; Fire & Smoke Toxins – An Overview, Acute Effects & Chronic Effects.

11 00; Dr John Durkin presents; Psychological well-being in the emergency services……….

12 30; Lunch

13 30; GM Lee Johnston presents; “Firefighting guidance in the UK – a proposal to move to an evidence-based strategy”?

15:00; Plenary session and questions

Martin Shipp BSc(Physics) CEng CPhys MInstP FIFireE

After graduating in 1970, Martin Shipp joined Hawker Siddeley Dynamics (now British Aerospace) as a thermal design engineer, primarily using computational heat balance models where he worked on a number of satellite projects and the SpaceLab Pallet.

Martin joined the Fire Research Station (part of the Building Research Establishment (BRE)) in 1974 and is Technical Development Director, Fire Safety in BRE Global. He currently has responsibility for fire investigation, fire safety management, fire risk assessment and projects related to all aspects of transport fire safety.

Until recently Martin managed the BRE fire investigation programme for the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) and has been closely involved with the investigations into Piper Alpha, Alexandra Palace, Windsor Castle and more recently, Atherstone on Stour, Penhallow Hotel, Newquay, and Lakanal, London, along with many others.

Martin has been a board member of The IFE for 8 years now including 6 years as The IFERG director.

Martin is the 2017/2018 IFE International President and is leading The Institution into our centenary year.

Dr Anna Stec MSc(Eng) MRSC CChem CSci FHEA FIFireE

Dr Anna Stec has established the world’s leading group in fire toxicity. She has 50 publications listed on Scopus and 20 invited book chapters. She co-edited the major reference book “Fire Toxicity”, gave presentations at 22 international conferences and chaired 7 conference sessions. In 2013, Dr Stec was invited to be a member of the editorial board of European Journal of Environmental and Safety Sciences, and of the Springer journal Fire Technology.

Dr Stec is the UK’s designated principal expert on Fire Chemistry, and has a leading role in ISO’s Fire Threat to People and the Environment subcommittee (ISO/TC92/SC3) where she has been project leader for three International Standards: Fire Gas Analysis by FTIR; Analysis of soot particles from fires (inhalation toxicology of nanoparticles) and Sampling and analysis of fire effluents which can harm the environment.

Dr Stec represents the UK on the Management Committee of the highly rated EU Flaretex COST MP1105 project, and is scientific coordinator of the “Toxicological and Environmental Aspects” work package. She is UCLan’s PI and leader of two work packages (Representative small scale tests and Modelling and Materials properties assessment) on the €4 million EU DEROCA project (EU FP7 NMP - Project number 308391), developing safer and more eco-friendly flame retardant materials based on carbon nanotube co-additives. In 2011-2014, Dr Stec was PI of an EPSRC project “Measurement and Prediction of Fire Smoke Toxicity of Materials in Enclosures” where she has set up (off-campus) the Large Instrumented Fire Enclosure (LIFE) facility for the fire toxicity assessment. At the same time, she has also been project manager for “NanoHazTool” project, based in China, involving supervision of 2 PDRAs, and 8 RAs.

At UCLan, Dr Stec currently supervises 3 PhD students (and co-supervise another 2) with 10 successful PhD completions and 2 more at MPhil. In June 2012, she was selected for UCLan’s Research Leaders course to fast-track career development. Recently UCLan recognised the importance of Dr Stec work in investment of the staff and infrastructure in order to support her collaborations with commercial, industrial and governmental organisations in fire research and testing

Dr John Durkin MSc BSc(Hons)

Dr John Durkin is a psychologist specialising in posttraumatic growth. His interest emerged from 17 years as a firefighter, struggling with PTSD and troubled by firefighter suicides. He undertook an academic route to gain an understanding and his crisis intervention training in the USA coincided with the 9/11 attacks in New York and a role in both police and fire departments' peer-support strategies.

John graduated with his PhD from the University of Nottingham, been a NICE PTSD committee member and trainer and consultant to fire, emergency and humanitarian aid services internationally. Dr Durkin led the crisis intervention effort at the Metropolitan Police Service following the Westminster and London Bridge/Borough market attacks and the Grenfell Tower fire. He is a director of Social Support Systems CIC, a firefighter-inspired non-profit organisation devoted to resolving posttraumatic stress, enhancing social support and promoting self-reliance in fire and emergency services worldwide.

GM Lee Johnston BA(Hons) PGDip MIFireE

Group Manager Lee Johnston has been a member of West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service for 20 years.

Lee is a passionate advocate of scientific research in firefighting, and believes that research can improve firefighter safety, public safety, firefighting effectiveness and firefighting efficiency. For the past decade, Lee has been studying firefighting research and tactics from around the world. This year he wrote a report titled: ‘Firefighting guidance in the UK: a proposal to move to an evidence-based strategy’.


This document has helped change national firefighting guidance in the UK, and has created a great deal of interest in fire services around the country. Lee is currently managing a firefighting tactics improvement project in West Sussex, and is a regular speaker at fire services and other firefighting institutions.

09 00; Martin Shipp presents; Learning from Incidents, an International Perspective.

09 45; Dr Anna Stec; Fire & Smoke Toxins – An Overview, Acute Effects & Chronic Effects.

11 00; Dr John Durkin presents; Psychological well-being in the emergency services……….

12 30; Lunch

Lunch: @ £4.20 per person (must be booked prior to arrival via Eventbrite using link below)

13 30; GM Lee Johnston presents; “Firefighting guidance in the UK – a proposal to move to an evidence-based strategy”?

15:00; Plenary session and questions

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