Events Newsletter - June 2020

Welcome to the NFCC Events Newsletter

We are delighted to take this opportunity to update you on NFCC Events, the changes we’ve made and the exciting plans we have for the future.

We’ve been taking some time during the COVID pandemic and working hard behind the scenes to make some changes.  

So what's new?

You may be aware that we ceased trading through our trading arm, CFOA Services Limited (CSL), on 31st March.  Historically we have always organised our events through CSL.  We have now transferred our events product into the charity itself (Chief Fire Officers Association).  So what does this mean for you?  Not much will change in terms of what you see on the delivery side, events will still run as NFCC events, using the NFCC brand.  We have developed a new online booking system that runs on the NFCC website (nationalfirechiefs.org.uk) so the booking process is more streamlined with only one website. We are almost ready to launch this but not quite.  We have a couple of minor items still to finish but hope to have this up and running by July.  In the meantime, our first webinar (details below) is still bookable through our website just in a different format with a manual payment system. When the online function launches it will enable you to make payment on the website via credit card or enter a PO number to be invoiced just as you could do before on the CSL website. 

We do have one change and that’s an important change to note! As the events now run through the charity (Chief Fire Officers Association) please ensure all payments are paid to the correct company.  Chief Fire Officers Association is now the supplier you need to make payment to.  If you could pass this information on to your accounts department I would be most grateful.  If you are an FRS staff member we will already be set up on your system as suppliers as this is the account professional partner fees are paid to.

The 'new normal'

So what else is new I hear you say? Well we are embracing the ‘new normal’ and recognise the need for more virtual events and therefore will be launching a number of webinars.  In fact our first webinar takes place this month on 30th June.  This webinar is based around Wildfire Investigation. Already this year we have seen a large number of wildfires in the UK and we are only part way through a potentially devastating wildfire season. The need to better understand wildfire origin and cause has never been more pertinent.  Further details including how to book can be found at https://www.nationalfirechiefs.org.uk/NFCC-Events/nfcc-wildfire-investigation-webinar/10193?OccId=14581

Look out for details of our webinar programme on the events section of the website – more dates will be added very soon.

 

Face to Face Events

We also recognise that physical events are still important.  The networking that takes place during face to face meetings and events is so important so this doesn’t spell the end for our physical events.  We want to ensure we offer a balance of face to face and online events to suit everyone’s needs. In future our physical events will also offer live streaming for those people who cannot attend in person.

We have a number of physical events planned for the second half of this year and the dates are listed below.  We hope that these will go ahead as hybrid events so you can choose to physically attend or join online but we will confirm these plans as soon as the government have issued their advice around the hospitality industry and we know when, and in what format, venues will re-open.  In the meantime please keep these dates in your diary!

You will also remember we had to postpone a couple of events back in March when lockdown was introduced.  We are working on new dates for these events to take place face to face and hope to have an update very soon. 

 

Dates for your diary 

Webinar - Wildfire Investigation

30 June - Online 

NFCC Autumn Conference (Members only)

16-18 September 2020 – Venue TBC but Midlands based.

FireFit Conference and Exhibition

3-4 November 2020 – St Georges Park, Staffordshire

Prevention and Protection Conference

18-19 November 2020 – voco St David’s Hotel, Solihull

 

Contact us

All event information can be found at https://www.nationalfirechiefs.org.uk/NFCC-Events 

If you have a query about events please email events@nationalfirechiefs.org.uk or hollie.tell@nationalfirechiefs.org.uk 

As well as Workplace (for FRS staff), the website and email, we push a lot of our event comms out on twitter @NFCC_Events so be sure to give us a follow.