irishcfoaThe emergency response to Hurricane Sandy and the evolving role of social media in major emergency management were among the topics discussed at the 2013 Irish CFOA conference.

Cork City Fire Department hosted this year’s event, entitled ‘Serving and Protecting Communities - Shaping Future Fire Service Delivery’, at the Silversprings Moran Hotel on May 8-9.

The event was officially opened by Fergus O’Dowd from the Irish Parliament's Department of Environment, Community and Local Government.

Annual showcase for Irish fire
The annual showcase event for Ireland’s Fire and Emergency Services sector, which is supported by Engineers Ireland and the Institute of Fire Engineers, will also feature a Fire Industry and Technology Exhibition.

The IFE's exhibition stand is part of Ireland Branch’s effort to promote our activities and the benefits of IFE membership to the 100 delegates in attendance including Chief Fire Officers, Fire Consultants and other fire industry representatives. For further details visit: 

New reality facing the fire service
Robert Maynes, Queens Borough Commander with the New York City Fire Department (FDNY) presented his department's paper, while Monika Buscher of Lancaster University discussed the role played by Social Media in supporting emergency professionals and volunteers in mobilising information and resources for an improved disaster response.

The Conference keynote speaker was Peter Holland, the UK’s Chief Fire and Rescue Advisor, who will be exploring the future challenges for the Fire Service.

Cork FRS CFO Ryan added: "The new reality facing the fire service is that it has to adapt and be competent to meet current and future challenges against a background of budget and service constraints, changing personnel demography, greater scrutiny and wider demands on the service it delivers to the community. Technology is rapidly advancing with information being readily available and expectations are more demanding for an instant solution."

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