Fire Conference and Exhibitions.(Introduction)

May I extend to all delegates, visitors and exhibitors a warm welcome to Manchester.

The conference is especially appropriate this year as the UK Fire and Rescue Service continues its quest to offer the very best public service in what all must agree is the most challenging environment of recent years. The event itself continues to be a showcase of new ideas, whether in physical equipment or mental thoughts! And the presentations this year have been selected to help that essential process of improvement.

Because of the sheer breadth of the service role there are now three conferences and five workshops. Each is aimed at a distinct audience and one of the inevitable difficulties is deciding which one to go to. …

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