Kerry Fire and Rescue Service will host the 2016 Chief Fire Officers Association (CFOA) Conference at the Malton Hotel, Killarney, County Kerry, on 4-5 May.

The annual showcase for Ireland’s fire services sector will host expert speakers from the emergency services sector, academia, central and local government, and the fire technology industry from Ireland and overseas.

Topics on the agenda during the two-day event will include decision-making by fire services incident commanders, stress management and operational discretion for fire service leaders.

Conference speakers will include Sean Hogan, National Director for Fire & Emergency Management (NDFEM), Brian Sweeney, International Advisor to the Board of the NDFEM, Dr Sabrina Cohen-Hatton, London Fire Brigade and TCD’s Prof Hugh McCauley.

Conference Secretary and Kerry’s CFO, Michael Hession said: “The 2016 conference will be a memorable occasion for the fire services in this unique year. Speakers of the highest calibre, both Irish and International, will bring a very rich heritage of service and leading academic views on the interesting topics we will address.”

He added that a unique aspect to the conference this year will be the focus on the rich Irish heritage in fire services in the United States and further afield. “We are very pleased to welcome fire chiefs from the state of Massachusetts who with their families represent the wonderful contribution of the Irish over generations.”