Provisional presentation line-up for the Fifth International Firefighting Foam Conference announced
Published: 11 January, 2013
The Fifth International Firefighting Foam Conference (March 18-19, 2013) held at the Reebok Stadium, in Bolton, Greater Manchester, is promising to surpass former versions of the event with an exiting and high-profile range of speakers, who will be presenting on a range of topics that will greatly enhance the knowledge of every firefighting professional.
- Introduction by Kevan Whitehead, Ten Cate Protective Fabrics and Former Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service, Oman.
- Introduction by Steve McGuirk, CFO of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service, UK.
Session 1: Chairman Ron Parry, former BAA
- Foam current issues, Dr Roger Klein, Cambridge, UK.
- Interactions of firefighting foam with fuel, Dr Chang Jho, Dynax Corporation, USA.
- C6-Compliant AFFF – New chemistry, Steve Hansen, VP Global Engineering, Solberg Company, USA.
- Use of firefighting foam – WA environment regulatory position, Dr Jimmy Seow, Adjunct Assoc Professor Curtin University Western Australia/ Manager Pollution Response Dept of Environment, Australia.
Session 2: Regulation and requirements
- The future of foams in Queensland – Moving towards the future, Nigel Holmes, Prinicipal Advisor Incident Management for the Department of Environment and Heritage Central in Queensland’s Incident Response Unit, Australia.
- Foam testing – getting it right, Dr Niall Ramsden, Director at Resource Protection International, UK.
- Advances in ARFF – Are we on the right track?, Mike Wilson, owner Wilson Consulting, Tasmania.
- The Vernon 2012 ARFF CAFS tests, Kim Olsen, Assistant Fire Chief, Copenhagen Airport, Denmark.
- Fluorine-free foams, MILSPEC, Joe Scheffey, Director R&D at Hughes Associates, USA.
Session 3: Application and techniques
- The end-user and a Qualified Products List (QPL) for ARFF use, Simon Webb, Technical Specialist for the CAA and ICAO, UK.
- Advances in foam technology, Dr Thierry Bluteau, Foam Research Scientist, France.
- CAFS for Class A and B fires, Adrian Brown, Director Response and Resilience East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service, Chair of CAFS Group at the Chief Fire Officers Association, UK.
- Foam strategies for large-scale Class B risks in chemical process plants and refineries, Mike Alcorn, Director at Alert Disaster Control, Singapore.
- Fixed roof tank fires, Ewen Duncan, lead firefighter and consultant for Tyco Williams Fire and Hazard Control, UK.
- Gas Condensate firefighting, Alan Sheach, Chief Fire Officer at Petroleum Development Oman, Director at Risktec, Oman.
- Ethanol tank fires - ETank Fire Project, Henry Persson, SP Institute, Sweden.
- Shipboard firefighting and AFFF, Dr Holger de Vries, Senior Commander German Naval Reserve, Volunteer Platoon Commander Hamburg Fire Service, Germany.
Close of first day.
Pre-dinner reception and drinks.
Introduction, Kevan Whitehead, Ten Cate Protective Fabrics, and Former Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service, Oman.
Session 4: Personal Protective Equipment
- New generation of firefighting PPE, Kevan Whitehead, Ten Cate Protective Fabrics, and Former Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service, Oman.
- PPE for oil and gas industries, Dave Matthews, FIPPE-UK, and Former General Secretary of the Fire Brigades Union, UK.
- Hand protection, Jeremy Dawkins, Director Southcombe Brothers, UK.
- SCBA, to be confirmed.
Session 5: Foam generation and delivery equipment
- A new high-performance Newtonian fluorine-free foam, Manuel Acuna, Managing Director VS Focum, Spain.
- CAFS generating equipment, Dirk Schmitz, Managing Director ONE-SEVEN Germany, Gimaex-Schmitz GmbH, Siegen, Germany.
- Environmental profiling of foam, Dr Thomas Leonhardt, Research Scientist for Tyco, Germany.
- Large foam cannons, to be confirmed
- Water treatment after the use of firefighting foams: implementation at commercial scale, Romain Severac, R&D Manager at Dupont de Nemours, Chemicals and Fluoroproducts, France.
Close of conference
Please note that this programme is provisional and therefore subject to change.