IFE Centenary Conference

100 Years Young - futureproofing Generation Alpha
100 Years Young - futureproofing Generation Alpha

In September 2017 Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service (CFRS) opened the doors of a new state-of the-art lifeskills centre, Safety Central, aimed primarily at keeping young people safe. This prompted the Service’s decision to focus their forthcoming Institution of Fire Engineers centenary conference on and around young people.

The one day event, '100 Years Young - futureproofing Generation Alpha', hosted by North Western Branch and Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service and sponsored by Paragon Creative, is on Thursday 19 July at Safety Central, Lymm, Warrington, Cheshire and is open to both IFE and non-IFE members. The title celebrates the IFE Centenary as well as highlighting the focus on young people born after 2011, designated Generation Alpha and predicted to be the most transformative generation ever.

The primary aims are to share best practice and stimulate debate on the issues facing fire and rescue services and partner agencies working with young people. Alongside exploring issues such as firesetting, arson and anti-social behaviour with specialists in those areas, there will be presentations from experts in the fields of changing behaviours and how digital experiences can help futureproof the young. As well as bringing together an eclectic lineup of speakers, the interactive day includes workshops, the arrival of the IFE Centenary torch on its global relay, tours of Safety Central, a Whole World performance and a selection of exhibitors.

Cheshire Fire is delighted that the CEO of IFE, Dr Graham Cory will give an opening statement address and present the Centenary Torch, Chair of Cheshire Fire Authority Cllr Bob Rudd will be giving the closing address, and we are honoured to announce Christopher Cloke, Head of Safeguarding in Communities, NSPCC as the keynote speaker. Chris will be sharing the stage with presenters who include:

  • Cllr Sara Rowbotham, Deputy Leader of Rochdale Borough Council and former sexual health worker who exposed the Rochdale grooming scandal. Find out more about Sara

  • Phil Garrigan, Deputy Chief Fire Officer, Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service and National Fire Chiefs Council Children and Young Persons lead. The UK Fire and Rescue Service has a statutory duty to promote fire safety, placing the prevention of fires at the heart of their activity. The engagement and education of children and young people is just one way in which this is fulfilled. Find out more about Phil

  • Joanna Foster, Director at fabtic, working with at-risk children and young people. Specialising in firesetting  behaviour, Fabtic has extensive experience in working with at-risk children, managing frontline staff and supervising volunteers. Find out more about Joanna

  • Jeff Coghlan, founder of interactivity-emphasised web experience agency Matmi. Jeff and his team created Sparkton for CFRS, an educational fire safety platform which they now supply to many UK fire and rescue services. Find out more about Jeff

  • George Martin, Fire and Rescue Service National Liaison Officer at The Prince’s Trust. George will be accompanied by a young person who has benefited from The Prince’s Trust programme. Find out more about George

Places on 100 Years Young - futureproofing Generation Alpha cost £99+VAT for IFE members and £125+VAT for non-members.

Parking is available at Safety Central but if you prefer to let the train take the strain we have arranged a shuttle service between Warrington Bank Quay station and Safety Central. Shuttle spaces can be reserved when you book your conference place.

Refreshments will be available throughout the day.

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If you need any further information you can call Group Manager Anthony Jones on 07776297863.

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