No Smoke Without Fire

GMFRS Training and Safety Centre, Hinds Lane, Bury, BL8 2GN
Wednesday, 12 February 2020
11:30 am – 1:30 pm (UK time)
    • Dr Paul Jowett, Partner, Burgoynes

Cost: Free including Lunch

Who Should attend?

Anyone working in the Insurance Industry seeking to expand their knowledge in this subject.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this session you will be able to have/understand:

  • Causes and spread of fire.
  • The challenges faced by Greater Manchester Fire Service.
  • The changing landscape of fire claims.
  • Loss prevention and the work undertaken by Greater Manchester Fire Service.
  • The work of a forensic scientist and the process surrounding the identification of the cause.
  • How forensic scientists work with Greater Manchester Fire Service.
  • Potential recovery opportunities following fire.

Fire Safety Centre (

The event will take place in Bury, Greater Manchester, at the largest Fire-Fighter training facility in the UK. The venue is the purpose built Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service Training and Safety Centre. The session is designed to inform visitors, of all ages, about how to protect themselves against fire and other dangers as well as looking at the ever changing challenges of the GMFS.

'The visit that could save your life' will introduce you to the work of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service and allow you to experience their impressive immersive theatre, which will provoke your senses with the smell of smoke, the heat of fire and the sound of sirens to put you at the heart of the action.

Speaker Bio:

Paul joined Burgoynes in 1997 and became a Partner in 2006.

His principal areas of work are the investigation of fires, explosions and chemistry-related incidents, such as cargo contamination and problems arising from the use and application of chemical products. He has undertaken over 1200 investigations both in the UK and overseas in Europe, Africa, Central and South America. He has investigated fires and explosions in a range of premises, from domestic to large industrial and also plant and equipment, including both road-going, off-road and rail vehicles. He has also investigated fires and explosions in tanker ships and bulk/container ships, and alleged incidents of contamination of cargo introduced during shipping. Investigations into problems arising from the use and application of chemical products include disputes relating to fertilisers and herbicide products used in the agricultural industry and the use of paint products.

Paul has provided expert testimony in arbitrations, in addition to civil, criminal and Coroners’ Courts. He has also lectured on fire investigation to Greater Manchester, Merseyside, Cheshire, Cumbria and Lancashire Fire and Rescue Services, in addition to insurance industry audiences.

Getting there:


The GMFRS Training and Safety Centre is approximately a 15 minute walk from the Bury Interchange. The most direct route is via a footpath from Bridge Road; once you pass the High School buildings on your left, take the left fork of the path down the hill to access the pedestrian bridge to the Centre (not the right fork up onto the viaduct).

Alternatively, you can stay walking on the main road – Jubilee Way/ Bolton Road, away from The Rock in Bury. When you walk past the Domino’s take the next left down Arthur Street and follow the road all the way down. You will pass the security lodge, carry walking down and take the next left to our main entrance. You can press the button to reception and someone will open the gate.

Plan your walking journey:


There is plenty of cycle parking outside the main entrance. NCN6 passes over the viaduct outside the Centre; to access the Centre, take the fork of the path from the viaduct on the east side of the Irwell to access the pedestrian bridge over the river to the Centre.

Plan your cycle journey:

Public Transport:

Bury Interchange is accessible by Metrolink and bus.

Buses from Bury Interchange: The numbers 91, 98 and 471 from Bury Interchange will take you to Bolton Road. Get off outside Millercare, walk a few paces up to Arthur Street which leads to Wellington Street, turn right on Wellington Street and keep walking until you go under the old railway bridge and double back under the next arch to gain access to the site.


There is a car park and space for three coaches.

By road from the M66: Leave the M66 at Junction 2, follow the signs to the centre of Bury, then A58, Bolton Rd, towards Bolton, turn left in to Arthur Street at the lights, continue to Wellington Street, turn right and continue under the Railway Bridge, double back under the next arch to access the car park. Postcode BL8 2GN (Sat Nav use BL8 2AL), but continue to the end of the road underneath the railway arches.

  • GMFRS Training and Safety Centre
  • Hinds Lane
  • Bury
  • BL8 2GN
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CII Accredited

This demonstrates the quality of an event and that it meets CII member CPD scheme requirements.

2 hours' CPD can be claimed for this event if relevant to your learning and development needs.

It is recommended that you keep any evidence of the CPD activity you have completed and upload copies to the recording tool as the CII may ask to see this if your record is selected for review. Details of the scheme can be viewed online at