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*Please note to comply with the latest public health guidance around Covid-19, this conference will run entirely via an online platform. Specific joining instructions and guidance will be provided to registered delegates

Jim Fitzpatrick, Chair, Fire Aid (CONFIRMED)

  • Outlining the NFCC’s aims and role in supporting fire and rescue services in the UK in relation to the reforms which focus on improving co-ordination, supporting service delivery and tackling non-fire related issues
  • Examining the work of the NFCC’s Fire Standards Board in enhancing the FRS profession, including improving leadership, strategic planning and deployment, career progression pathways, workforce wellbeing and fitness
  • Highlighting the impact of the NFCC adopting the Prevention Concordat for Better Mental Health, including how it will support the wellbeing of fire fighters across the sector
  • Providing an update on the FRS financial landscape, including the spending review, fire funding formula, plan funding models and the NFCC Community Risk Programme

Roy Wilsher, Chairman, National Fire Chief’s Council (CONFIRMED)

  • Outlining the key findings from the HMICFRS’s Fire and Rescue Services Inspection Programme and Framework 2018/19
  • Examining the grading criteria of the Fire and Rescue Service Assessments, including effectiveness, efficiency and people
  • Identifying the key areas for improvement across the Fire and Rescue sector such as leadership and development, as well as the identification and mitigation of risks
  • Working in collaboration with external organisations such as the National Fire Chiefs Council, the Home Office and the Local Government Association to improve the quality of fire and rescue services across the UK

HMI Matt Parr, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) (CONFIRMED)

Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service will share the key lessons learnt from their award-winning response to a major incident of Toddbrook Reservoir, Whaley Bridge in August 2019.

This session will outline Derbyshire FRS’s whole service approach which included frontline firefighters, control operators and support teams to ensure resources were in place across the rest of the county and essential safety messages/updates were communicated to the community.

Winner – Emergency Service of the Year, Fire Magazine, Excellence in Fire and Emergency Awards 2019

Gavin Tomlinson, Chief Fire Officer, Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service (CONFIRMED)

Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service will outline how they developed a partnership with Bedfordshire Police to improve communication, maximise efficiency, improve public service and reduce costs.

This session will outline how the two emergency services worked together to open a policing hub in Toddington, sharing the facilities at the community fire station.

Paul Fuller CBE, Chief Fire Officer, Bedfordshire Fire & Rescue Service (invited)

This session will share guidance on how Lincolnshire County Council invested £8m worth of funding to procure Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue a fleet of 33 new appliances, including the latest generation of Scania truck chassis.

Other areas of investment included a wider spectrum of rescuing equipment, including the Coldcut Cobra and the Holmatro cutting equipment used at road traffic collisions, to help improve the safety and welfare of the firefighters.

Cllr Nick Worth, Executive Member for Fire and Rescue Service, Lincolnshire County Council (CONFIRMED)

  • Outlining the key findings from The Emergency Services Mobile Communications Programme (ESMC) internal review
  • Examining the on-going implementation process of the Emergency Services Mobile Communications Programme
  • Sharing guidance on how current Airwave users will migrate to ESN 2
  • Highlighting the next steps of the Emergency Service Network in improving communication across the emergency services

Stephen Webb, Senior Responsible Owner, Emergency Services Network - Home Office (CONFIRMED)

  • Outlining how the Fire Fighters Charity supports current firefighters with unexpected injury, illness or diagnosis throughout their careers and to return to active service
  • Examining the role of the wellbeing team in providing social wellbeing support around financial hardships, aiding independent living, offering support at home following ill health or helping through bereavement
  • Partnering with Nottingham Trent University in undertaking a study around the transition into retirement for operational firefighters
  • Highlighting the Seniors Community Health and Wellbeing Pilot Programme, which implements small changes to retired Fire and Rescue Service communities to provide a positive effect on their physical and emotional wellbeing

Dr Jill Tolfrey, Chief Executive, The Fire Fighters Charity (CONFIRMED)

  • Outlining how Greater Manchester FRS embedded the local community into their recruitment strategy, including networking at local events and utilising a targeted approach by running training sessions at local gyms in diverse areas
  • Highlighting the benefits of support and engagement sessions throughout the recruitment process, including mass bleep tests, taster days, application talks and on-site visits, ensuring recruits feel rooted in the process
  • Utilising the current workforce to ensure a high-quality selection process, such as pairing operational colleagues with a trained assessor

Dawn Docx, Deputy Chief Fire Officer, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (CONFIRMED)

  • Outlining how Essex County FRS utilised Dignity at Work champions to create an inclusive workplace and tackle any unacceptable work behaviour
  • Sharing guidance on how FRS can establish their own Women’s Forum, allowing their voices to be heard across the service, as well as undertaking a Gender Pay Gap analysis
  • Examining the benefits of establishing an LGBT+ employee support network (BEING), offering peer support, mentoring and social networking to help create an LGBT+ friendly working environment
  • Highlighting how the service ensures inclusion and diversity is at the heart of their strategic direction, by creating an inclusion and diversity steering group, chaired by the Chief Fire Officer/ Chief Executive to bring together a range of experience and ideas to support continuous workforce improvement

Jo Turton, Chief Fire Officer and Chief Executive, Essex County Fire and Rescue Service (CONFIRMED)