FIRE magazine and WL Gore and Associates have teamed up to facilitate a series of free regional seminars that will debate the balance between meeting ever increasing health and safety regulations and saving lives.

The one day seminars will feature four sessions that examine modern protection standards and systems and the view that the Fire and Rescue Service may have become too risk averse in order to protect itself from litigation.

The issues will be examined by senior fire officers and experts in the field of firefighter protection. Senior operational commanders and managers responsible for PPE and health and safety will be among the attendees.


Outline Programme

Morning open sessions: Protecting the Firefighter

• Navigating the complex maze of safety standards for PPE

• Comfort v Protection - help or hindrance?

Afternoon open sessions: Risk v Public Expectation

• Health and Safety - help or hindrance?

• Common sense or litigation?



Jim Doyle - Deputy Assistant Chief Fire Officer, Head of Operations, Strathclyde Fire and Rescue

Bill Gough - a serving officer with a busy Metropolitan Fire and Rescue Service

Mark Jones - Chief Fire Officer, Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service

Dave Frodsham - Product Specialist, WL Gore and Associates

Dave Matthews - Chair BSI PH-3 Protective Clothing; Leader of UK Delegation to CEN TC 162 Protective Clothing; ISO SC13 Protective Clothing; Convener of BSI CEN and ISO committees responsible for firefighters' PPE.


Roadshow Dates


October 19 - Hilton Hotel, London Gatwick


November 2 - Birmingham City FC, Birmingham


January 23, 2012 - Old Trafford Cricket Ground, Manchester


February 7, 2012 - Stirling Management Centre, Stirling.


The cost of attendance for non-Fire Service delegates is £275 + vat


For full article, see next issue of FIRE magazine.


Posted September 8th, 2011 at 1045 by Andrew. Comment by emailing: