Fire professionals from the far flung corners of the globe travelled to Warwickshire last week for the Institution of Fire Engineers International Conference.

This is the first time the Institution of Fire Engineers has held their international conference in Warwickshire, at the Stratford Manor Hotel in Stratford-upon-Avon.

The three day conference ran from Tuesday 3rd until Thursday 5th and delegates heard from guest speakers, all experts in their fields, present to their professional colleagues on such areas as new technology in the Fire Service, communications, training and new technologies within buildings that can help to suppress and control fires.

The conference was also attended by the Lord-Lieutenant of Warwickshire, Martin Dunne, Her Majesty's formal representative in the county.

Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service's Chief Fire Officer, Graeme Smith, presented to the conference on the tragic fire in Atherstone on Stour, explaining some of the technical findings, which have national and international implications in fighting fires.

Chief Fire Officer Graeme Smith said: "It has been a great honour for Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service to be the host of this year's international conference and a great opportunity to showcase our latest appliances and equipment.

"The IFE is unique, with influence across the globe in the research and communication of fire science, in the development of professional fire officers and in driving forward safer building designs. We actively support the IFE's drive to promote excellence and safety in fire engineering across the world."

Warwickshire County Council's Portfolio Holder for Community Protection, Cllr Richard Hobbs, said: "We have a world-class fire and rescue service in Warwickshire and the last three days have been an excellent opportunity to share our experiences with firefighters and the wider fire industry across the world.

"I received many comments from international delegates about how impressed they were, not only with our vehicles and equipment, but also in how professional and engaging our firefighters were."


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