Tall Building Fire Safety Conference

Tragic fires in the recent past have shown how Tall Buildings can pose real challenges to firefighters and for evacuating occupants. There is a need to consider how we can improve and enhance the current processes and equipment used for tall building fire safety and crisis management.


The 7th International Tall Building Fire Safety Conference will take place online every Wednesday from 30 September to 14 October 2020.
Why should you attend the virtual conference?
  • Tune into a comprehensive expert-led programme with full flexibility.
  • Get to grips with the latest fire safety legislation. 
  • Engage with sessions through live Q&As and polls.
  • Download a content bundle of slides, case studies and resources.
  • Unlimited access to the on-demand recordings. 
  • Gain CPD hours with IFE-endorsed content. 


Crisis Management Programme

Wednesday 30 September


Chairperson: Andy Baker, QPM

09:45 Virtual Conference Open

10:00 Welcome and Opening Comments – Conference Chair

10:20 Security and Crisis Mindedness – Stuart Osborne QPM, Former Deputy Assistant commissioner, counter terrorist lead

10:40 Protective Security Update – UK Government Security Advisor

11:10 Crisis Command in a Tall Building – Chris Phillips and Richard Stephenson

11:40 Crisisboardroom® Toolkit – Russ Timpson

12:10 Virtual Reality Crisis Simulation – Prof. Ed Galea

12:40 Question Time – Panellists: Chris Phillips, Shane McMahon, Andy Baker, Adrian Moore, Steve Watts (TBC), Narinder Dio (TBC)

13:30 Sponsors messages

14:00 Crisis Management in Tall Buildings – Be Ready – Andy Baker

14:30 Crisis Management in a High Profile High Rise – Magda Popescu, Facebook Dublin

15:00 Risks from Drones to High Rise Buildings – Amit Samani, Terra Drone

15:30 Scenario Case Study: Major water release/flood within a Tall Building – Belfor UK

16:00 Practical Pandemic Planning – Shane McMahon, Horizonscan

16:30 Q&A with speakers

17:00 Close

High Rise Firefighting Programme

Wednesday 7 October


Chairperson: Roy Wilsher, NFCC

09:45 Virtual Conference Open

10:00 Welcome and Opening Comments – Conference Chair

10:20 Keynote – Merseyside FRS, Feedback from large-scale High-Rise Fire Exercise

11:00 Mark Reilly, Australia – Tactics for dealing with external ascending wall fires

11:30 Adam Course, UK IFE – Tactics for dealing with an electric car fire in High Rise underground car park

12:00 Chris Lowther, CFO Tyne and Wear FRS and Chair of NFCC Operations Committee – Update on high rise operations thinking

12:30 Demonstration of Virtual Reality High Rise Firefighting Training from RIVR

13:00 Question Time

13:30 Break

14:00 Mark Hardingham, CFO Suffolk FRS and Chair of the NFCC Protection committee – Update on the high rise building safety regime

14:30 Michael Reick, Germany – Firefighting Smoke Control in High Rise Fires

15:00 Brent Brooks, Canada – High Rise Firefighting Nozzle Techniques

15:30 Sean DeCrane, Underwriters Laboratories, Mass Timber Buildings – The US Developments.

16:00 Question Time

16:30 Close

Construction Fire Safety Programme

Wednesday 14 October


Chairperson: Martin Wilshire, Safety Director Multiplex

09:45 Virtual Conference Open

10:00 Welcome

10:20 Stewart Kidd, Managing Fire Safety During High Rise Construction

10:55 Mark London, Partner, Devonshires – The New Fire Safety Bill and implications for building Owners

11:25 Sandra Tomlinson HSE Inspector, HSE Construction Division - Fire Safety in Construction

11:50 Prof Ed Galea, Greenwich Uni, Findings into research – Research findings from Fire Evacuations of high-rise construction sites

12:30 Tom Clapton, QBE, Construction Insurance Risk Engineers Group (CIREG) – Insurance aspects of Construction Fire Safety 

13:00 Question Time Panellists: Morning Speakers + Damien Gannon – Construction Safety Director Canary Wharf

14:00 Peter Stephenson - UAE Experience

14:30 Raymond O’Brocki, Construction Fire Safety Coalition (US) – Role of Building and Fire Inspectors During Construction, US Perspective

15:00 Michael Schroeder, Willis
Tower, Chicago, US – High-Rise Fire & Life Safety During a Major Redevelopment Project

15:30 Q&A with Afternoon Speakers + Tom Gilbert - Fire Safety Lead Global Lendlease

16:15 Fire Mark proposal by Russ Timpson

17:00 Close

Want to find out more about the sort of content covered in the conference?