The Fire Lecture 2015

The 5th Annual Fire Lecture was held at the Insurance Hall on Wednesday 22nd April 2015.

The topic FIRE AND TIMBER STRUCTURES, was presented by Andrew Carpenter, the Chief Executive of the Structural Timber Association and Prof. Barbara Lane, Leader of Arup's Technology Group, who examined the fire safety of new-build timber structures.

Fire Lecture 2015

Peter Holland, HM Chief Fire & Rescue Advisor gave an opening address. Gareth Bacon AM, introduced the speakers and chaired an open forum. Neil Gibbins, International President of the Institution of Fire Engineers, gave an closing address. Principal guests included Peter Dartford, President of CFOA and Ron Dobson, Commissioner London Fire Brigade. Peter Holland accepted a donation for his nominated charity, The Princes Trust, and invited George Martin, the Trust's National FRS Liaison Officer, to receive it.

The Lecture Prize Draw enabled up to 15 ticket purchasers to visit The Leadenhall Building, where a building architect gave a guided tour of the building during the afternoon of the day of the lecture.

160 people, including guests, attended the lecture and the opening stages were attended by seven London Fire Brigade Community Fire Cadets who assisted reception duties and ushered guests to their seats.

The topic was relevant to today and the partnership between The Structural Timber Association and Arup provided a credible and authoritative lecture. It worked well and was appreciated by a questioning and often critical audience. It was reassuring and satisfying to achieve an almost full-house for the lecture which proved challenging for the speakers and provoked considerable interest from the floor.

The atmosphere during the lecture and the reception which followed, coupled with numerous praiseworthy comments received since tell us the occasion was a resounding success.

The Company has reinforced the solid foundation laid at the inaugural Fire Lecture in 2011 and further raised its standing and profile within the City, the fire industry and elsewhere. The prospect for successful future Annual Fire Lectures in the City looks promising.

Looking forward to 2016 - the theme for 6th Annual Fire lecture next Spring will be the 350th Anniversary of the Great Fire of London, 1666.

Download the 2 presentations that were given:

Arup Presentation
Arup Presentation
STA Presentation
STA Presentation

More Images on the Fire Lecture can be seen here...

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