Delegates from 18 countries attended a conference hosted by Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service to share ideas and best practice.
More than 130 people, including chief fire officers, risk and resilience managers and community safety practitioners took part in the Fire Risk in Europe Conference 2010 on 21 and 22 June at The Marriott Hotel, Gosforth Park, Newcastle.
The conference, a key part of an important European project on fire risk assessment and management (the ANSFR Project), covered topics including: fire safety in the home; arson investigation and prevention; juvenile fire setting; wildfire prevention and education about fire and safety.
Brian Hesler, Chief Fire Officer for Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service, said: "Fire services across Europe are facing similar operational challenges and this event was an invaluable forum to share ideas and discuss new as well as tried and tested ways of working. We were delighted to host the event which was a great success."
The event was chaired by Senior Broadcast Journalist Gerry Jackson he said “this was a great event to be part of, with over 20 presentations from practitioners and experts from the UK and Europe there were some great ideas on how to prevent and reduce fire and the damage that fire can cause to life, property and the environment locally, nationally and internationally. As a layman, it was very reassuring to know that this level of work is being done behind the scenes – in the sort of detail most of us never get to see.”