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"Mind the Gap" seminar held in London on 19 June 2013 by the Fire Information Group (FIG UK) to celebrate 25 years of fire information cooperation

July 2013

On 19 June 2013 the "Mind the Gap" seminar see was held at the Imperial Hotel, London, UK to celebrate 25 years of fire information cooperation. There were seven speakers covering a range of fire related topics:

The Fire Information Group (UK), commonly known as FIG UK, is an information and technological exchange co-operative in the fire, loss prevention and resilience fields. FIG UK was established in 1988. Members help each other in sourcing information and contacts - both UK and internationally.

FIG UK membership comprises information professionals, librarians, researchers, firefighters, fire and rescue services, forensic and fire investigators, fire information publishers and others, from a range of well respected organisations. See the Directory of Members.

Members benefit by being able to identify specific areas of expertise, industry contacts, printed and electronic published information and help in lobbying for better information provision in this important sector. Members also exchange information on all aspects of fire technologies, developments and statistics.

As technologies have developed FIG UK members have taken advantage of the various products and services that have been produced internationally and have been able to recommend to each other new sources as they emerged.

FIG UK's earlier publications such as the Directory, the Newsletter and Minutes were all print based - but for many years now have been available on FIG UK's own website

Members meet every six months to discuss new developments in members' areas of expertise. More general topics such as copyright issues and electronic forms of information are also discussed. A newsletter and minutes are produced after each meeting.

International Links

FIG UK has links with inFIRE (international network of Fire Information and Reference Exchange) that is based in the USA and has members throughout Europe and also in Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

Over the years there have collaborative international conferences with inFIRE - notably the 1st International Fire Information Conference held at Fire Service College, Moreton-in-Marsh, UK held on the 27 April - 1 May 1992 and the 2nd International Fire Information Conference, held at the Imperial Hotel, London, UK on 27 - 31 May 2002.

Some FIG UK members have also attended inFIRE conferences held elsewhere in the world and report back news and developments.

New members

FIG UK welcomes new members and there is a membership form on the website.

Alternatively please contact: Sheila Pantry OBE | Tel: +44 (0)1909 771024 |