Tipperary Fire Officers To Attend Annual Industry Conference

Tipperary’s two Chief Fire Officers will join colleagues and industry experts from across Ireland and Europe at the 54th annual Chief Fire Officers Association Conference which will be held in Adare, County Limerick on 4-5 May 2011.

The theme of the conference is “Adapting to Uncertain Times – Future Challenges for the Fire And Rescue Service”.

Among the topics to be discussed will be the impact of man-made and natural disasters on the Fire Service, reorganisation within the Fire Service, achieving excellence in the Fire Service, development of Fire Cover, a national perspective on planning for change, Business Continuity Management, and Fire Safety in the Community.

The Conference keynote speaker is Goran Schnell of the Swedish Fire Service who will be exploring the future challenges for tomorrow’s Fire Service.

Other speakers scheduled to address the two-day conference include Peter Craig, Chief Fire Officer, Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service; Peter Holland,  President of the UK Chief Fire Officers’ Association; and Sean Hogan, Director, National Directorate for Fire and Emergency Management.

Tadhg O’Driscoll, CFOA Vice-Chairman and Tipperary South Chief Fire Officer said that Fire Service personnel will use this year’s Conference as an opportunity to focus on the changing environment in which the Service presently operates.

He added: “The forthcoming conference will feature expert speakers within the Emergency Services Sector and the Fire Technology/Industry from Ireland, Sweden, Belgium, Denmark, Switzerland and the UK who with their experience, knowledge and wisdom in different aspects of the Fire Service will attempt to provide innovative thoughts and ideas about how the service can achieve such success in the current challenging operating environment. The Conference will also provide a forum for those employed in the public sector and those engaged in private practice to come together to discuss topical issues.”.

“The ability of the Fire Service to adapt to these challenging times is testament to the commitment and excellence of those who work in the service”, Mr. O’Driscoll explained.

The annual showcase event for Ireland’s Fire and Emergency Services sector will also feature a Fire Industry and Technology Exhibition.

According to Dave Carroll, Tipperary North Chief Fire Officer and CFOA Treasurer: “The Exhibition presents an ideal opportunity for representatives from the manufacturing and trade sector involved in supplying emergency products to meet, network and exchange information with representatives and colleagues from the private and public sector in a convivial and professional environment.”

The CFOA comprises the Chief Fire Officers of all Local Authorities in Ireland. The Association is also a member of the Federation of European Fire officers Associations and attends their twice yearly meetings.

For more visit www.cfoa.net.

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