The Fire Sector Summit 2018

31 October 2018

The Fire Sector Summit is the leading industry forum for key decision makers and influencers from across the fire sector.

Boasting talks and workshops by leading UK fire professionals, this year’s event is attracting a wide range of delegates. The aim of the Summit is to encourage discussion and debate on the sector’s most recent developments and themes and act as a catalyst for change within the world of fire safety.

Previous years have influenced tangible transitions in the fire sector, and this year we will be focusing on:

  • Brexit plenary with our expert panel from BSI, FIA, and the FPA
  • Post Grenfell Tower Update session with more experts to put your questions to
  • Robust testing and certification of timber fire doors with Mike Wood of FSF and ASDMA
  • The New Joint Competency Authority – Paul Timmins, BRAC and Paul Everall, LABC

Post Grenfell and the Hackitt Review there is no better time for the industry to come together and make a real difference.

Further details here

Reducing risk of fire in thatched buildings

13 November 2018

This one day thatch roofevent, organised by Historic England, the IHBC South West Branch, and Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service, will present the results of recent research into the causes of thatch fires, explain new guidance to reduce the risk and consider the implications for listed buildings. The issues that arise in the aftermath of a fire will also be discussed and there will be a demonstration of fire-fighting techniques for thatched roofs.                                                                                                 image: Historic England

FREE to attend.

Download the Programme and the Booking form to be returned to Nigel Pratt at Dartmoor National Park at

Engaging with Policy in the UK: Responding to Changes in Planning, Heritage and the Arts

27 October 2018

The AHRC Heritage Priority Area and RESCUE: The British Archaeological Trust are organising a one day conference on ‘Engaging with Policy in the UK: Responding to Changes in Planning, Heritage and the Arts’ on Saturday the 27th October at UCL’s Institute of Archaeology.  This is one of a series of activities we are undertaking to draw together academics, civil servants, private and professional bodies, and civil society organisations to address challenges and uncertainty from changing policies.  We hope to connect researchers, practitioners and policy makers involved in the arts, culture, heritage and the natural/historic environment around key areas of shared concern.

The event is timely.  Many of us are aware of changes in the arts and heritage landscape that are directly impacting university departments, practitioners, contractors, employees, civil servants, and even civil society.  There are, however, opportunities to be involved in the future direction of these sectors.

There have been significant changes in the political landscape, and increasing numbers of consultations/calls for evidence. It is therefore also now timely to provide the relevant information/evidence or highlight key issues as we reshape policy as well as withdraw from the EU, in areas of concern such as how immigration policies will impact our sectors to whether the natural and historic environment is adequately protected in British Law, or how the arts, culture and heritage will be funded.

Further details here

HTN SKILLS 2018 conference

19-20 November 2018

At this year’s conference (19-20 November) we’ve put together a live ‘toolkit’ with an exciting line up of speakers sharing practical top tips and best practice, inspiring case studies, and their experiences around our SKILLS theme. There will be a range of interactive workshops and some Scottish conference ‘treats’ and opportunities to be inspired at The Engine Shed.

Further details here