Welcome to Manchester and to FIRE 2005

This year's Fire Conference and Exhibition occurs at a crucial stage in the transformation process that fire and rescue services are engaged. This transformation will see fire and rescue services change from being a largely reactive emergency response service to being a highly effective fire and rescue service with a renewed focus on safety, prevention and risk reduction.

The Conference has been specifically designed to address the 'new and the next' in issues and opportunities that are presented by the unique role that fire and rescue services have in our society and our profession. Although traditional skills will remain important for effective intervention, transforming fire and rescue services into an effective safety, prevention and risk reduction service will require greater emphasis on knowledge based activities. …

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