FIRE Conference returns for 2021 – Learning lessons, shaping the future

A hybrid event tackling future challenges facing the fire sector and beyond

Building on the success of last year, which saw more than 400 delegates attend virtually, this year’s FIRE Conference returns on the 9 November at the Queen Elizabeth II Centre, London and will allow delegates to attend face to face or online.

The joint initiative between the IFE, NFCC and FPA is heralded as the centre point for sector leaders and stakeholders to come together in a collaborative format to discuss and debate major challenges affecting fire safety.

This year’s themes include collaboration and efficiency, competence and culture in fire and beyond, equality and diversity, and responsibility and accountability.

Aasmah Mir, Times Radio presenter will chair the conference for a second year, engaging audiences in person and online.

The decision to deliver a hybrid conference has been welcomed by many and allows for a growing international audience. It also comes after a turbulent year for fire safety conferences and events as a whole and the event will be among the first to safely offer delegates the chance to engage and network face to face.

Mark Hardingham, recently appointed NFCC chair commented: The return of our joint Fire Conference is an important step forward for our three organisations as we continue to collaborate to influence fire safety reform.  Hosting this event enables us to engage with, listen to and deliver important content to all stakeholders integral in taking forward vital fire safety improvement and this year’s programme will see a strong focus on key issues including competence and culture.

Jonathan O’Neill, managing director of the FPA added: “With the fourth anniversary of the Grenfell tragedy upon us, the FIRE conference comes at a pivotal moment for the fire sector to come together as we continue to push for change. This year’s themes have been designed to cover the issues we must tackle if we are to improve fire safety for the better – collaboration, accountability and equality. This joint initiative between the IFE, NFCC and FPA is one we are immensely proud of and the exceptional programme we have for delegates is one not to be missed

Steve Hamm, CEO of the IFE said: “We are delighted to once again work with the FPA and NFCC to deliver the Fire conference. Building on last year’s success, Fire 2021 will tackle the current and future challenges the industry is facing and bring together professionals from all over the world to discuss, debate and exchange knowledge. Our hybrid approach makes the event easily accessible, attracting a wider range of delegates we can learn from. This forum combined with a comprehensive programme and ample networking opportunities, will enable all stakeholders to influence and participate in developing a fire safe future.”

After the final plenary session draws to a close, delegates will be welcomed to a drinks reception held at the House of Lords. Here colleagues and peers will have the opportunity to further discuss the conference topics and enjoy the evening of drinks and canapes.

FIRE Conference is one not to be missed. As with the previous year, delegates from across the fire sector and beyond will be joining us to help improve the world of fire safety.

Full programme details and tickets are available on the booking website here.


About the Fire Protection Association (FPA): The FPA is the UK's national fire safety organisation. We work to identify the dangers of fire and the means by which potential for loss is kept to a minimum.

Since 1946 we have attained an unrivalled reputation for quality of work and expertise in all aspects of fire including research, consultancy, training, membership, publications, risk surveying and auditing.  Our products and services are designed to assist fire, security and safety professionals achieve and maintain the very highest standards of fire safety management.

Our engineers, scientists and consultants have a vast knowledge of fire and risk prevention as well an in depth understanding of fire behaviour and the consequences of poor risk management. They work with research companies, government bodies, industry and the insurance community on projects of varying scale and complexity.


About the Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE): The Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE) is a global professional membership body for those in the fire sector that seek to increase their knowledge, professional recognition and understanding of fire through a global discourse. With over 100 years of history, the IFE is instrumental in shaping a future world that is safer from fire.

Through its ceaseless betterment and sharing of knowledge, it has led the way in enabling fire professions to become rigorously assessed through a well-established and dynamic system of internationally recognised membership grades and fire-related qualifications. The IFE delivers more than 6,000 exams annually.

Managed for fire professionals by fire professionals, the IFE aims to promote, encourage and improve the science, practice and professionalism of fire engineering, acting as a beacon of established expertise and guiding the way to a fire safe future.


About the National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC): The NFCC is the professional voice of the UK fire and rescue service. NFCC drives improvement and development throughout the UK FRS, while supporting strong leadership – including for the devolved administrations.

NFCC aims to:

  • Strengthen the professional and operational leadership of the Fire and Rescue Service
  • Improve national co-ordination
  • Reduce duplication; increase efficiency
  • Support local service delivery
  • Provide increased influence for Fire and Rescue Authorities and their Services
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