Annual Fire Exhibition and Conference 2012
20 Mar 2012
A Local Government Association event. Held at the Highcliff Marriott Hotel, Bournemouth

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This key two-day event for the fire and rescue sector explored a number of the most topical issues on the national agenda and debate the key challenges facing the service in the future.

The 2012 fire conference brought together delegates from government; leading fire and rescue authority members; local authorities; senior officers and leading lights in the fire industry, and provided an excellent opportunity to network and share experiences.

Viewers will hear from the foremost experts and thinkers in the field and look at best practice case studies.

Programme

Day 1 - 20 Mar 2012

10:30
Conference opening and Chair's welcome
Cllr Brian Coleman AM, Chairman, Local Government Association Fire Services Management Committee and Leader, London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority | The Worshipful The Mayor of Bournemouth, Cllr Chris Rochester

10:45
What does local and national resilience mean?: Panel discussion
Chair: Carolyn Downs, Chief Executive, Local Government Association | Panellists include: Lee Howell, President, Chief Fire Officers' Association and Chief Fire Officer, Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service; Jon Hall, Chief Fire Officer, Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service and CFOA Lead for National Resilience; Matt Wrack, General Secretary, Fire Brigades Union.

11:45
Refreshments, networking and exhibition viewing
12:10
Civil disturbances 2011: contribution of the fire service to prevention Plenary 1
Chair: Cllr Jeremy Hilton, Member, Fire Services Management Committee; Member, National Resilience Board and Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Authority | Simon Marcus, Member, Riots, Communities and Victims Panel; Steve McGuirk, County Fire Officer and Chief Executive, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service; Frances Done, Chair, Youth Justice Board.

13:15
Lunch, networking and exhibition viewing
14:15
Localism Act - Workshop 6
Chair: Cllr Terry Stacy, London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority | Iain Cox, Chief Fire Officer, Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service and Director of Prevention and Protection, Chief Fire Officers’ Association; Sir Ken Knight, Chief Fire and Rescue Adviser, Department for Communities and Local Government; Ian Hayton, Chief Fire Officer, Cleveland Fire Brigade; Martin Harvey, Chairman, Fire Industry Association.

15:15
Refreshments, networking and exhibition viewing
15:45
Labour Spokesman’s address: Plenary 2
Chairman: Cllr Sian Timoney, Member, Fire Services Management Committee and Chairman, Bedfordshire and Luton Combined Fire Authority; Chris Williamson MP, Shadow Minister, Parliamentary Labour Party

16:05
Environmental challenges: Plenary 3
Chairman: Cllr Sian Timoney, Member, Fire Services Management Committee and Chairman, Bedfordshire and Luton Combined Fire Authority | Darran Gunter, Chief Fire Officer, Dorset Fire and Rescue Service; Chris Wilding, Incident Planning Manager, Environment Agency.

16:40
Close of day one

Day 2 - 21 Mar 2012

09:40
Welcome back from conference chairman
Cllr Brian Coleman AM, Chairman, Local Government Association Fire Services Management Committee and Fire Commission and Chairman and Leader, London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority

09:45
Ministerial address: Plenary 4
Bob Neill MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Department for Communities and Local Government

10:30
Workshop 6 The Localism act
Repeat from yesterday

12:00
Panel discussion: Industrial relations and resilience
Chairman: Cllr Christopher Newbury, Fire Services Management Committee and Member, Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Authority | John Barton, National General Secretary, Retained Firefighters’ Union; Andy Dark, Assistant General Secretary, Fire Brigades Union; Roy Wilsher, Chief Fire Officer, Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service and Director of Operational Response, Chief Fire Officers’ Association; Andy Cook, Chief Executive, Marshall-James Global Solutions Ltd.

12:40
Close of conference
Cllr Brian Coleman AM, Chairman, Local Government Association Fire Services Management Committee and Fire Commission and Chairman and Leader, London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority.