JOIFF Africa Conference 2022
The JOIFF Africa Conference took place at the Emperors Palace Conference Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa on 14 and 15 November 2022. The event, which attracted both municipal as well as specialist industrial and petrochemical fire service chiefs, leaders and representatives, provided attendees with technical insight, research projects and results as well as practical advice in dealing with any size scenarios as well as daily risks faced by these sectors.
Some members of the JOIFF Board of Directors also attended the event including Alec Feldman and Gerry Johnson. There were several exhibitors displaying their products and services in the networking hall including the platinum sponsor, the Advanced Group of companies, Bristol Fire Engineering, DoseTech Fire, Dräger, Dr Sthamer, Emergency Training Solutions (ETS), Fidelity Fire Solutions, Fire Raiders, Fomtech and Unqondo Projects, Marcé and Hytrans Fire Systems and Vanguard Fire and Safety.
JOIFF chair, Pine Pienaar, welcomed all and provided background information on JOIFF and its membership benefits.
Session one focussed on disaster management during large scale incidents and included a presentation on ‘Understanding evacuation modelling and human behaviour’ by Stellenbosch University’s Dr Natalia Natalia Flores Quiroz, Western Cape Disaster Management and Fire and Rescue Services Colin Deiner, who spoke about ‘Flooding in Kwa-Zulu Natal - lessons to be learned’ and Ian Scher of Rescue South Africa, who discussed large scale disaster rescue.
Session two focussed on foam technology and saw a presentation by Last Fire’s Niall Ramsden on an update on NFPA 11 with test results on new generation foam concentrates, Williams Fire’s Dean Roux, setting the scene for fixed fire reticulation systems versus mobile response systems discussing the benefits and challenges of each application and Ian Ross, who detailed the ‘Transition from older generation foam concentrates to new generation foam concentrates - not merely a matter of take out and replace’.
Session three focussed on managing emergency responders with platinum sponsor Advanced Fire FST’s Westley Barnardt and Industrial Fire and Hazard Control’s Trevor Fiford sharing an overview of the respective companies, Dr Rina Steynberg discussing ‘Total wellness of emergency responders’, Mike Perry of Africa Reptile and Venom sharing ‘Identification, safe handling and treatment in event of snake bite incidents by emergency responders’ and Dr Nigel Blumire of CTIF, who shared information on the Hydrogen economy and its future challenges for responders.
Session four saw Stellenbosch University’s Dr Richard Walls discussing industrial structural designs, Frank Preiss of FireDos sharing the current discussion around foams and foam proportioners, André Tomlinson conversing about ‘Refinery to terminal conversion: Toolbox adaptations for emergency management services and Rural Metro’s Chris Gilbert , who debated the ‘Public private partnership and industry's role in strengthening municipal emergency response.
JOIFF is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to developing the knowledge, skills, understanding and competence of emergency services management, primarily in high hazard industry, by working to improve standards of safety and of the working environment in those sectors in which its members operate.
Fire and Rescue International magazine will include an indepth review of the conference as its media partner and photographer of the event.