Annual Conference 2019 – MONAGHAN

“Fire Service Response to Future Challenges”

I am delighted and very proud to be hosting the Chief Fire Officers’ Association Annual Conference in my home town of Monaghan on the 8th & 9th May 2019. This will be the 62nd Chief Fire Officers’ Annual Conference and it is the second occasion that it has been hosted in the County. I would like to extend a warm welcome to all Delegates, Trade Exhibitors, Speakers and Guests from Ireland and overseas to Monaghan and to our Conference.

The Conference will afford an opportunity to discuss current issues, identify and prepare for future issues and developments in Fire Service delivery. This will be facilitated by speakers from Canada, England, Scotland, Estonia, and Ireland who will share their experiences and knowledge with us.

Recent severe weather events have highlighted our vulnerability, and the need for a heightened understanding and greater focus on emergency management. The importance of community resilience and public safety communication contributes to the increasingly complex and demanding environment we live.

Reflecting the changing landscape of our society and importance of encapsulating the safety message for all members of our community is a challenge facing leaders within the fire service.

Societal changes are continuously impacting on how we deliver our fire service and the necessity to provide a safe and wellbeing focused working environment. Ensuring a culture of inclusivity, integration and one that protects the values of diversity will be explored and we are delighted to be launching the Irish network for women in the fire service.

The Fire Technology Exhibition will afford an opportunity for manufacturers and trade representatives to outline current and future trends in the manufacturing of Fire Service equipment. It will also give the Trade an opportunity to hear the requirements of the Fire Service.

A special word of thanks to Exhibitors, Sponsors and Advertisers for their continued support for the Conference.

I would like to thank the Chief Executive of Monaghan County Council, Mr. Eamonn O’Sullivan, for his support for the Conference and to especially acknowledge the huge commitment of Monaghan Fire & Civil Protection staff in assisting the CFOA in hosting this year’s Conference.

I hope you find the Conference both engaging and beneficial and that you enjoy your stay in Monaghan

Dermot Brannigan,

Chief Fire Officer,

CFOA Conference Secretary 2019.


Simon Routh Jones

GARTAN Tech Talk

Dany Cotton

Sir Ken Knight Remedial Action for HRB April 2019 v.2 6.

Roy Wilsher

The Fire Service in Canada


Please contact the Hillgrove Hotel Leisure & Spa for accommodation and special rates @

Hillgrove Hotel Leisure & Spa ****

Old Armagh Road, Monaghan Town, Co. Monaghan

Phone: 047 81288



Alternative Accommodation

Four Seasons Hotel & Leisure Club ****

Coolshannagh, Monaghan Town, Co. Monaghan

Phone: 047 81888

Website: http://four seasons hotel


The Westenra Arms Hotel ***

The Diamond, Monaghan Town, Co. Monaghan

Phone: 047 74400



Limited Rooms Available at Castle Leslie Estate

(Please quote CFOA Conference to receive special discount for our Gala Night)

Castle Leslie Estate

Glaslough, Co. Monaghan

Phone: 047 88100

Further Accommodation  at



(Click on a speakers name for bio)

  • Dany Cotton
  • Sir Ken Knight
  • James P. Zimmerman
  • Indrek Ints
  • Simon Routh-Jones
  • Steve Owen-Hughes
  • Tim Beckett
  • Sean Hogan
  • Dave Carroll
  • Roy Wilsher
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    Conference Programme

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