Hampshire Fire & Rescue Head Quarters 22-23 March 2019.
After weeks of preparation, meetings and discussion the Conference weekend arrived. What a fantastic venue, with 3 large conference rooms at our disposal fitted with state of the art communications and Hi Tech visual display system meaning that presentations were viewable simultaneously in every room. There was plenty of space for the delegates in the lecture room as well as 2 rooms where we had exhibitors displaying their products and services, and where they could easily interact with the visitors. Tables had been arranged for discussion groups and a separate lunch area where endless tea and coffee was available. By far the most exciting venue we have had the privilege to have used.
The conference started on Friday morning with the opening address from Andy Bowers – Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service, Chief Fire Officer, who explained that we were the first group to use their brand new premises and was looking forward to working with NSMT in the future. By reducing fires in thatch in their region, it would relive resources in other areas. A call out to a thatch fire required a minimum of 6 appliances with a likelihood of up to 70 fire fighters to tackle the blaze and rescue of property. This costs on average £45,000 to the Fire and Rescue Service and up to £500,000 to the insurance companies per major fire!