Arson in mind conference

Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service welcomed hundreds of delegates to its fourth successful national conference.

This year’s event which, took place at Crewe Hall in November, was entitled ‘Arson in Mind’ and aimed to explore the links between arson and mental health. 

Head of Prevention and Protection, Keith Brooks, said: “The conference provided a great insight into this important subject matter. It attracted delegates and speakers from a wide-range of sectors and disciplines. There was also ample opportunity throughout the day for attendees to share best practice in many aspects of fire safety, investigation and partnership methods of working.” 

The conference was opened by the Service’s Chief Fire Officer, Paul Hancock, who welcomed delegates and highlighted the work our Service has been doing to reduce incidents of arson. 

The first speaker and Chair for the day was Stephen Andrew, a fire and explosion scientist and lecturer in forensic fire investigation at the University of Central Lancashire in Preston. Stephen looked at the spectrum of mental health and how it impacts on incidents of arson and forensic fire investigation. 

Other speakers on the day included:

  • Sarah Miller, a registered Forensic Psychologist and recognised Expert Advisor with expertise in offender profiling and interviewing of suspected arsonists with the Serious Organised Crime Agency.

  • David Evans from the Crown Prosecution Service who gave an insight into how individuals are dealt with and processed through the court system. 

  • Gary Smith, a Clinical Specialist lead and Manager of Mersey Care NHS Trust’s Criminal Justice Mental Health Liaison Team.

  • Dave Smithson, the Chief Fire Officers Associations’ lead on Mental Health from West Midlands Fire and Rescue Service.

Keith concluded:  “I cannot thank the speakers enough for sharing their knowledge and experience.”

Find out more about the speakers who addressed the Arson in Mind conference

Find out about the trade stands that were on display at the Arson in Mind conference

Last updated: Thursday 29 May 2014