Lancashire fire host international wildfire seminar

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On 31 July Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service will  be delivering a wildfire seminar to other FRS and partner agencies to raise awareness of UK wildfire prevention and response. The seminar will feature demonstrations, international speakers and learning from conferences like the most recent National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) conference in San Antonio, Texas which our wildfire lead, Group Manager Shaun Walton, was a speaker at.


Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service are pleased to host the International Wildfire Seminar at their Service Training Centre on Wednesday 31 July 2019.

Timings and speakers TBC nearer the time however an approximate schedule for the day can be found below. The seminar is being run to provide learning from NFCC, NOL, United Utilities, Woodland Trust, University of Manchester, Pau Costa Foundation, Fire Wise UK and knowledgeable speakers from Catelonia Fire.

Tickets to the event are FREE and free refreshments will be provided by Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service. Please stipulate any dietary requirements at the time of booking your ticket.

Tickets have been limited to 120 people so please book on to avoid disappointment or cancel your ticket should you no longer be able to attend to ensure somebody else can attend.For information please email

08:30 – 09:00 Registration
09: 30 UK Wildfires – National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) Wildfire Group Perspective by CFO Northumberland FRS Paul Hedley – UK Wildfire Strategic Lead – NFCC Wildfire Group
Implementing National Learning From Wildfires by DCFO Lancashire FRS David Russel and Group Manager Lancashire FRS Shaun Walton
National Coordination of Fire & Rescue Assets During Wildfires by Area Manager Merseyside FRS Paul Hitchen – National Resilience Assurance Team
Next Generation Wildfires and Analysis by Marc Castellnou – GRAF Catalunya FRS
International Wildfire Learning & Development by Oriol Vilalta – Pau Costa Foundation Catalonia
The Role of NFCC Wildfire Tactical Advisors by Group Manager Lancashire FRS Shaun Walton – NFCC Wildfire Group Tac Ad Lead
Firewise USA/UK – Wildfire Community Preparedness – Speaker TBC
Future UK Wildfire Threat by Steve Gibson – NFCC Wildfire Tactical Advisor
Lancashire Fire and Rescue Wildfire Burn Team Demonstration
Panel Questions
16:30 Closing address

There will also be representation from partner agencies and networking opportunities available.