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Photos by Karl Mansfield.
Fire Safety Top Priority
Councillor Barbara Murray, a member of Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority, Wendy Kenyon, Diversity and Consultation Manager at our Service, Group Manager Guy Keen from our Service, Deputy Chief Fire Officer Phil Garrigan and Bridging Cultures Co-ordinator at Greater Manchester Fire & Rescue Service Yasmin Bukhari, who is also the Asian Fire Service Association (AFSA) General Secretary.
A conference looking to share knowledge and explore engaging with diverse businesses to encourage them to make fire safety laws a top priority has been held by our Service.
More than 100 people attended the day-long event held at Aintree Racecourse in Liverpool. It was the first time such a conference has been staged by our Service.
The Engaging with Diverse Businesses for Fire Safety Compliance conference was jointly hosted by Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service, the Asian Fire Service Association (AFSA), the Chief Fire Officers Association (CFOA) and the Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE).
Those attending the conference had presentations on business fire safety good practice and the changing landscape of business fire safety. Delegates also attended workshops as part of the conference on areas including understanding Black and Ethnic Minority business, learning from other sectors and how to support business safety fire legislation practitioners.
ar Singh, National Adviser of the Asian Fire Service Association (AFSA) speaking at the erence. Paul Cooper, Business Education Advocate, Nottinghamshire Fire & Rescue
Service, Naseem Begum, BME Officer at Nottinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service and Group Manager Guy Keen at our Service who is also head of Protection at MF&RS. Paul Cooper and Naseem Begum gave a presentation on what we might and might not do again during the conference.
Jagtar Singh, National Adviser of the Asian Fire Service Association (AFSA) speaking at the conference.
Deputy Chief Fire Officer Phil Garrigan, who opened the conference, said: “As fire and rescue services, working day to day in our communities, we fully recognise how important it is to understand the differing risks, needs and aspirations of the people we serve – thereby ensuring that they remain safe from fire.
“This recognition extends to the business community who are on occasion confused or unclear on the role of the fire and rescue service and the expectations we, through legislation, place on them.
“Through this conference we are seeking to better understand the challenges faced by our more ethnically diverse businesses and explore how we could better support them without recourse to enforcement or prosecution.

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