That’s all from RE19

RE19 is now complete – thank you to all of our speakers and delegates who attended for making the day as interesting and educational as it was. The day was filled with a variety of evidence and insights from academics, practitioners, and policy makers across the UK and internationally, with evidence of leading practice across the Fire and Rescue Service.

Please see our Twitter Feed (@FiREAnnual) and follow #AnnualFiRE19 for updates from the day.

Congratulations to our Fire / Gore award winners:

  • Best Poster: Ricky Carvel (University of Edinburgh): Backdraught (and how to avoid it)
  • Best Presentation: Gina Reinhart, Andrea MacAllister, and Keiron Moir (University of Essex / Essex FRS): How Safe and Well is your Prevention Activity? A study in impact and effectiveness

We hope everyone who attended enjoyed the day.

We are already looking forward to RE20!

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FIRE / Gore Award Winners



The event last year welcomed discussions across a range of topics and subjects including: the new inspectorate arrangements (HMICFRS), effects of contaminants on firefighters and the public, firefighter’s wellbeing and resilience, situational awareness, community safety practices, and operational and organisational learning. Specifically our discussions covered:

  • Understanding and Addressing Preventable Fire Deaths
  • Improving Fire and Rescue Services’ Operational and Organisational Learning
  • Operational Working Practices to Increase Firefighter Wellbeing
  • Firefighters Wellbeing and Psychology
  • Fire Safety Knowledge and Fire Investigations: Limitations and Opportunities
  • Community Safety Considerations for Specific Groups
  • Situational Awareness and Incident Command
  • Governance and Regulation in the UK Fire and Rescue Service
  • Fire Safety: Techniques and Knowledge

It was a great event.

You can find the full programme RE18 Programme.

The IFE review of the event also includes quotes from our prize winners:

Presentation: Emily Watkins from the University of Brighton. Female firefighter health and wellbeing: An international survey.

Poster: Peter Murphy from Nottingham Trent University, Kirsten Greenhalgh from the University of Nottingham and Peter Ecklesley from Nottingham Trent University. A comparative appraisal of recent and proposed changes to the fire and rescue services in England and Scotland.



Last year the Annual Fire Related Research and Developments Conference 17 (RE17) took place at West Midlands Fire and Rescue Headquarters in Birmingham. It was another great research event combining state of the art fire-related disciplines with presentations from both practitioner and academic research projects. To review the full programme please click here.

You can read The Institution of Fire Engineers review of the event.