IFE News

16 November 2020

Fire 2020 conference explores Modern Methods of Construction

Delegates from around the world gathered at the Fire 2020 digital conference which was sponsored by Fireco and took place on Wednesday 4th November to explore the theme of Modern Methods of Construction.

With almost 400 delegates in attendance, the conference hosted global speakers from across the fire sector exploring issues related to the day’s theme of Modern Methods of Construction. The morning’s speakers included Jonathan O’Neill from the Fire Protection Association (FPA) who launched the organisation’s new ‘Know Your Building’ campaign, followed by Lord Stephen Greenhalgh who provided an insightful update about the Fire Safety Bill that is currently before UK Parliament.

Throughout the remainder of the day, delegates enjoyed presentations focusing on a range of themes including the future of Modern Methods of Construction, the challenges and risks Modern Methods of Construction pose when it comes to fire safety and the role that standards play. We were delighted to host international speakers including Daniel Madrzykowski, Senior Research Engineer at the UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute; Shane Ray, the President of the National Fire Sprinkler Association; and later in the day Dr Lori Moore-Merrell, the President and CEO of the International Public Safety Data Institute.

As his first official duty in his new role as IFE International President 2020-21, Andrew Sharrad GradCert EngTech CFIFireE brought the conference to a close with a wrap up of the day’s events, as well as a look to the year ahead for the fire sector. A more detailed overview of the conference content will be available to IFE members in the November issue of the International Fire Professional journal.

Summarising the day, Roy Bishop, IFE Chief Executive, commented: “During this unprecedented year we faced many challenges when it came to the organisation and hosting of this conference. At a late stage, the decision was made to host it digitally, and whilst we were disappointed it couldn’t go ahead physically, we hope that delegates enjoyed the day and benefitted from the Q&A sessions as well as gaining valuable CPD hours.

“We were delighted to host this event jointly with the FPA and NFCC which enabled us to offer a comprehensive programme, bringing together a broad spectrum of fire professionals from around the world. We look forward to working closely with both parties as we start to plan next year’s event.”

A special mention must be made to the conference sponsors Fireco, Advanced, Skills for Justice, Drager, Smoke Control Association and Aico who supported the Fire 2020 event.

The date for next year’s Fire 2021 conference is set for 9th November 2021. Planning for the event will begin shortly with further details and booking information made available.

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