LG Group fire conference and exhibition 2011: the future of fire
08 Mar 2011
A Local Government Association event. Held at the Hilton Newcastle Gateshead Hotel. Main Conference Sponsor: Lion Apparel - Media Sponsor: Fire Times

Headline Speakers

The 14th annual fire conference and exhibition explored a number of the most topical issues on the national agenda, and debated the key challenges facing the service in the future. The impact of the coalition government on fire service policy was a priority area for discussion. Over two days delegates from government, leading fire and rescue authority members, local authorities, senior officers and leading lights in the fire industry came together to hear from the foremost experts and thinkers in the field. A variety of interactive workshops designed to share practical knowledge and look at best practice case studies were available to delegates.

Programme

Day 1 - 08 Mar 2011

10:30
Cllr Brian Coleman AM, Chairman, LG Group Fire Services Management Committee; Leader, London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority
Conference opening

10:40
His Worshipful the Mayor of Gateshead Cllr Michael Hood
Conference opening

10:45
CFO Peter Holland CBE, President, Chief Fire Officers’ Association and Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service
Session 1: Localism and spending cuts - Chair: Cllr Brian Coleman AM, Chairman, LG Group Fire Services Management Committee

11:00
Neil O’Connor, Director, Fire, Resilience, and Emergencies, Department for Communities and Local Government
Session 1: Localism and spending cuts - Chair: Cllr Brian Coleman AM, Chairman, LG Group Fire Services Management Committee

11:15
Cllr Kay Hammond, Local Government Group Fire Services Management Committee and Cabinet Member for Community Safety, Surrey County Council
Session 1: Localism and spending cuts Chair: Cllr Brian Coleman AM, Chairman, LG Group Fire Services Management Committee

11:30
Matt Wrack, General Secretary, Fire Brigades Union
Session 1: Localism and spending cuts - Chair: Cllr Brian Coleman AM, Chairman, LG Group Fire Services Management Committee

11:45
Refreshments and exhibition viewing
12:10
Henrik B. Hansen, Chief Fire Chief, Falck
Plenary 1: Radical approaches to delivery - Chair: Cllr Paul Shannon, Deputy Chair, LG Group Fire Services Management Committee; Chairman, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority

12:35
Cllr Mark Healey, Chairman, Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Authority
Plenary 1: Radical approaches to delivery - Chair: Cllr Paul Shannon, Deputy Chair, LG Group Fire Services Management Committee, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority

13:00
Questions and discussion: Session 1
13:15
Lunch and exhibition viewing
13:45
Fringe session: Optimising fire service delivery for the future
Mike Vicary, Managing Director, ORH Ltd; Paul Murray, Consultant, ORH Ltd

14:15
Workshop 1: Flexible staffing arrangements
Chair: Cllr Kay Hammond, LG Group Fire Services Management Committee and Cabinet Member for Community Safety, Surrey County Council Ann Millington, Chief Executive, Kent Fire and Rescue Service

14:15
Workshop 2: Improved sickness management
CFO Iain Cox, Strategic Director for Prevention and Protection, Chief Fire Officers’ Association and Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service

14:15
Workshop 3: Pay restraint and recruitment freezes
James Dalgleish, Head of Human Resources and Development, London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority

14:15
Workshop 4: Shared services/back office functions
Marcus Coulson, Improvement Manager, Local Government Improvement and Development; Caroline Bosdet, Senior Improvement Manager, Local Government Improvement and Development

14:15
Workshop 5: Improved procurement
Sharon Matthews, Director of Procurement, Lancashire and Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authorities

14:15
Workshop 6: Sharing Chief Officers and other senior staff
Cllr David Rowlands, Chairman, Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue Authority

14:15
Workshop 7: London's preparation for 2012
Ron Dobson, Commissioner, London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority

14:35
Workshop 6: Sharing Chief Officers and other senior staff
CFO Mark Jones, Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service

14:55
Workshop 6: Sharing Chief Officers and other senior staff
Question and answer session

15:15
Refreshments and exhibition viewing
15:45
Cllr Fred Walker, LG Group Fire Services Management Committee and Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority
Plenary 2: National functions - Chair's introduction

15:50
CFO Lee Howell, Vice President, Chief Fire Officers' Association and Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service
Plenary 2: National functions

16:05
Questions and discussion: Session 2

Day 2 - 09 Mar 2011

09:40
Cllr Brian Coleman AM, Chairman, LG Group Fire Services Management Committee and Leader, London Fire and Emergency Planning
Welcome back from conference chair

09:45
Bob Neill MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Department for Communities and Local Government
Plenary 3 - Chair: Cllr Brian Coleman AM, Chairman, LG Group Fire Services Management Committee

10:15
Questions and discussion: Session 3
10:30
Repeat of workshop sessions from Day 1
11:30
Refreshments and exhibition viewing
12:00
Panel discussion: Fire and rescue and the voluntary sector
Chair: Cllr Fred Walker, Vice Chair, LG Group Fire Services Management Committee and Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority CFO Vijith Randeniya OBE, West Midlands Fire Service Jean Templeton, Chief Executive, St Basils

12:40
Plenary 4: Understanding people profiles: managing risks to reduce fire
Andy Ward, Community Safety Insight and Law Enforcement lead at Experian; Jo Munton, Account Manager, Community Safety, Experian; Chair: Cllr Christopher Newbury, LG Group Fire Services ManagementCommittee and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Authority.

12:50
Questions and discussion: Session 4
13:00
Close of conference by Cllr Brian Coleman AM, Chairman, LG Group Fire Services Management Committee