On the 24th and 25th of January 2018,
the three Fire and Rescue Services of Wales held the very first All Wales Fire
Investigation Training Forum.
Hosted at Llandrindod Wells Fire and Rescue Station, the
two-day event saw experts, within various fields relating to fire investigation
(F.I), share in depth knowledge with Fire Investigation Officers from Mid and
West Wales Fire and Rescue Service (MAWWFRS), South Wales Fire and Rescue
Service (SWFRS) and North Wales Fire and Rescue Service (NWFRS).
Amongst the topics discussed by keynote speakers at the F.I
Training Forum were The Role of a Senior Investigation Officer, presented by
DCI Martin Slevin, Dyfed Powys Police; Disaster Victim Identification by Chief
Superintendent Tony Brown, South Wales Police; and Disclosure, presented by
Detective Sergeant Dale Scriven, Dyfed Powys Police.
Delegates also received a tutorial on Smouldering Fires by
Lee Asprey of County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service,
Due to the varying nature of fire incidents, F.I. also
requires collaboration with agencies outside of the Emergency Services. As
such, delegates observed lectures by Nick Gravell of SSE, discussing electrical
issues that can lead to fires and Victoria Joslin, Wales Heads of Trading
Standards, who presented on Product Safety and Recall.
The F.I. Training Forum was arranged by the All Wales Fire
Investigation Group, made of representatives from the three Fire and Rescue
Services of Wales.
The Chair of the All Wales F.I. Group, Group Manager Peter
Greenslade said, “The All Wales Fire Investigation Group was formed to allow
the three Fire and Rescue Service in Wales to further improve their means of
investigating fires, through sharing knowledge and resources. The hosting of
the first All Wales Fire Investigation Training Forum is a significant mile
stone in our ambitions to develop our fire investigation capabilities.
The F.I. Training Forum is an excellent opportunity for our
Fire Investigation Officers to learn, discuss and develop industry knowledge
with colleagues from other Fire and Rescue Services and partner agencies.
Collaborating with multiple agencies is an important aspect
to the Fire and Rescue Service’s work; from prevention and protection to
response. This is no different with F.I. We will often work, side by side, with
the Police during fire investigations and I’m proud of our excellent working
relationship with the Police Services in Wales; the presence of key note
speakers from Dyfed Powys Police and South Wales Police at the F.I. Training
Forum is a testament to that.
I’d like to thank the representatives from Wales Heads of
Trading Standards and SSE for their insightful presentations. The information
and data we can share with Trading Standards is invaluable in reducing property
fires, whilst the professional advice on hand from SEE will greatly improve
both firefighters’ safety and our F.I. Officers investigations.
This first All Wales F.I. Training Forum has opened the next
chapter of fire investigation in Wales, I’m very excited to see how future
events will further develop our fire investigation capabilities.”