Fire Sector Summit 2019



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5 November 2019 | One Great George Street, London, SW1P 3AA


The Fire Sector Summit 2019 will be chaired by Jonathan O'Neill OBE and will see experts from leading cladding association MCRMA, government figures and an immunogeneticist, who will discuss contemporary issues shaping our future.


Morning Sessions

Event Chair

Jonathan O'Neill OBE, Managing Director, The Fire Protection Association

The state of fire - an NFCC view

Roy Wilsher, Chair, National Fire Chiefs Council

Fighting fires in timber frame buildings Case study on Beechmere retirement complex – how 132 flats were destroyed to complete demolition

Mark Cashin, Chief Fire Officer, Cheshire Fire and Rescue Services

The cladding industry post Hackitt, the competence piece and toxicity in Building Regulations

Jonathan Evans, Chairman and CEO, Ash and Lacy

Assessing the toxic risks from warehouse fires

Graham Atkinson, Principal Scientist -  Major Hazards Group, HSE Science Division 

The health effects of toxins

Vitalina Kirgizova, Immunogeneticist, University of Cambridge

Panel session




David Poxon, Principal Consultant, The Fire Protection Association

Mark Redding, Property Risk Engineering Manager, MS Amlin

Thought leadership

John Bonney, former Fire Chief, Hampshire Fire and Rescue Services

Chris Hasbrook, Vice President and General Manager, UL

Peter Holland CBE, Chief Inspector Crown Premises Fire Safety, The Home Office

Luke Edwards, Director of Fire and Resilience, The Home Office

Are life safety codes enough when protecting, critical national assets, our heritage and our schools?

Stewart Kidd, Managing Director, Loss Prevention Consultancy

Dr Jim Glockling, Technical Director, The Fire Protection Association


Afternoon Sessions

Reflection of 40 years in the fire industry

Jim Fitzpatrick, Former Fire Minister and current MP of Poplar and Limehouse

Summary of afternoon workshops

Workshop leaders

Fire Brigade Union views on combustibility and toxicity

Andy Dark, Assistant General Secretary, Fire Brigade Union

Closing summary

John Smeaton, Chairman, The Fire Protection Association