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.

Day 1

  1. Introduction by Kevan Whitehead, Ten Cate Protective Fabrics and Former Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service, Oman.
  2. Introduction by Steve McGuirk, CFO of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service, UK.

Session 1: Chairman Ron Parry, former BAA

  1. Foam current issues, Dr Roger Klein, Cambridge, UK.
  2. Interactions of firefighting foam with fuel, Dr Chang Jho, Dynax Corporation, USA.
  3. C6-Compliant AFFF – New chemistry, Steve Hansen, VP Global Engineering, Solberg Company, USA.
  4. 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

  1. 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.
  2. Foam testing – getting it right, Dr Niall Ramsden, Director at Resource Protection International, UK.
  3. Advances in ARFF – Are we on the right track?, Mike Wilson, owner Wilson Consulting, Tasmania.
  1. The Vernon 2012 ARFF CAFS tests, Kim Olsen, Assistant Fire Chief, Copenhagen Airport, Denmark.
  2. Fluorine-free foams, MILSPEC, Joe Scheffey, Director R&D at Hughes Associates, USA.

Session 3: Application and techniques

  1. The end-user and a Qualified Products List (QPL) for ARFF use, Simon Webb, Technical Specialist for the CAA and ICAO, UK.
  2. Advances in foam technology, Dr Thierry Bluteau, Foam Research Scientist, France.
  3. 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.
  4. Foam strategies for large-scale Class B risks in chemical process plants and refineries, Mike Alcorn, Director at Alert Disaster Control, Singapore.
  5. Fixed roof tank fires, Ewen Duncan, lead firefighter and consultant for Tyco Williams Fire and Hazard Control, UK.
  6. Gas Condensate firefighting, Alan Sheach, Chief Fire Officer at Petroleum Development Oman, Director at Risktec, Oman.
  7. Ethanol tank fires - ETank Fire Project, Henry Persson, SP Institute, Sweden.
  8. 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.

Conference Dinner

Day 2

Introduction, Kevan Whitehead, Ten Cate Protective Fabrics, and Former Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service, Oman.

Session 4: Personal Protective Equipment

  1. New generation of firefighting PPE, Kevan Whitehead, Ten Cate Protective Fabrics, and Former Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service, Oman.
  2. PPE for oil and gas industries, Dave Matthews, FIPPE-UK, and Former General Secretary of the Fire Brigades Union, UK.
  3. Hand protection, Jeremy Dawkins, Director Southcombe Brothers, UK.
  4. SCBA, to be confirmed.

Session 5: Foam generation and delivery equipment

  1. A new high-performance Newtonian fluorine-free foam, Manuel Acuna, Managing Director VS Focum, Spain.
  2. CAFS generating equipment, Dirk Schmitz, Managing Director ONE-SEVEN Germany, Gimaex-Schmitz GmbH, Siegen, Germany.
  3. Environmental profiling of foam, Dr Thomas Leonhardt, Research Scientist for Tyco, Germany.
  4. Large foam cannons, to be confirmed
  5. 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.





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