IFE News

20 October 2017

Lessons learnt and knowledge shared at the inaugural IF&R SIG event

The first IFE Industrial Fire and Risk Special Interest Group (IF&R SIG) colloquium took place this week at Bangor University.

The event, which focused on Nuclear Power, saw delegates attend from across the UK and further afield including South Africa, Malaysia, Australia, Canada and Japan to name but a few. Individuals from a range of backgrounds within the sector as well as those in the fire and rescue service were in attendance for a packed three days of interactive and informative sessions.

“The purpose of the colloquium is the same as the SIG itself – to share fire engineering, fire protection and fire emergency response knowledge within and outside the industrial fire and risk sector"

Presentations on a range of subjects delivered from experts in the industry were shared with delegates and the IFE was pleased to host Kenji Tateiwa from Japan, who provided a very moving and detailed account of the earthquake and tsunami that led to the Fukushima accident in 2011, as well as Professor David Shepherd who welcomed delegates to Bangor University on day two.

The colloquium was the brainchild of Frank Mendham and Jason Hill who are both members of the IF&R SIG. Frank commented: “The purpose of the colloquium is the same as the SIG itself – to share fire engineering, fire protection and fire emergency response knowledge within and outside the industrial fire and risk sector. The colloquium result was fantastic."

Jason added: “Delegates from a range of organisations attended the colloquium which provided an excellent platform for sharing knowledge, with the cocktail reception and event dinner offering ideal networking opportunities for all to enjoy. It was a real delight to see the range of experience of delegates, from significantly experienced professionals through to emerging professionals in attendance, including students benefitting from the event.”

Thank you to all delegates for attending the event and of course to the supporters, Horizon Nuclear Power, Araani, RPS and NRI. Thanks also extend to Bangor University for their excellent hospitality throughout the three days and to Jacobs for sponsoring the student places.

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