A warm welcome to FIRE 2005

On behalf of the FCE Board may I extend to all delegates, visitors and exhibitors a very warm welcome to Manchester:

This year's conference theme 'Protecting our Future' has sadly been made all the more topical after the events of July in central London and the devastation caused across America's Gulf Coast by Hurricane Katrina.

We will be joined by experts with first hand experience in the fields of resilience, counter terrorism, and natural disaster In addition we will be examining some of the most debated management issues within today's fire and mscue service, such as equality, diversity, recruitment and retention.

Reflecting the ever expanding role of the Service, we have a particularly full conference programme with four main sessions on such diverse themes as: New Dimensions, Delivering the Vision and New Challenges in Command and Control. …

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