The History of JOIFF

In 1990 after several telephone calls between a number of Industrial Fire Officers throughout the UK Refineries, it was decided that there was a need within the Oil Industry to meet and decide how to deal with Fire Safety matters within the Industry. An inaugural meeting was set up, and was hosted by BP in the former Britannic House, London, England.

At this meeting, attended by Richard Coates, BP International, Eddie Davies, Elf, Milford Haven, Dave Murray, Conoco, Humberside, Roger Marshall, LOR, Humberside, Rob Wardle, Dow Corning, Barry, and Trevor Thomas Gulf Oil, Milford Haven, it was decided to establish an informal group which would be called the Joint Oil Industry Fire Forum (JOIFF).

At this inaugural meeting, Officers were elected to carry the message forward. Eddie Davies from Elf was elected Chairman and Trevor Thomas from Gulf took on the role of group Secretary, positions they held for the first three years, until they were duly replaced, Gary Douthwaite of ICI taking over from Eddie and Rob Wardle of Dow Corning from Trevor.

At this meeting, attended by Richard Coates, BP International, Eddie Davies, Elf, Milford Haven, Dave Murray, Conoco, Humberside, Roger Marshall, LOR, Humberside, Rob Wardle, Dow Corning, Barry, and Trevor Thomas Gulf Oil, Milford Haven, it was decided to establish an informal group which would be called the Joint Oil Industry Fire Forum (JOIFF). Officers were elected to carry the message forward. Eddie Davies from Elf was elected Chairman and Trevor Thomas from Gulf took on the role of group Secretary, positions they held for the first three years, until they were duly replaced, Gary Douthwaite of ICI taking over from Eddie and Rob Wardle of Dow Corning from Trevor.

The initial objective of JOIFF was to be a group of purely Oil Industry Fire Chiefs to have a forum in which to discuss matters of mutual benefit. However as time progressed, the value and potential of JOIFF was recognised by Fire Chiefs from Industries outside the Oil Industry, such as the Chemical, Pharmaceutical, Aviation and other related Industries. To allow membership of Organisations from these Sectors, the name of the Organisation was changed to the Joint Oil & Industry Forum.

Throughout the 1990s and into the new millennium, the Membership of JOIFF grew, not only in number of members and range of industry/commerce sectors in which they are engaged, but also in the number of Countries in which its members are located. This resulted in a much wider based involvement by JOIFF in its activities and to truly reflect the nature of the membership and range of interests of JOIFF, the name of the Organisation was changed once again this time to JOIFF – The Organisation for Emergency Services Management”, and today is “JOIFF – the International Organisation for Industrial Hazard Management”, or simply “JOIFF”, the name by which the Organisation is now well known.

Fulcrum Consultants was part of the GD Group, a long established Group of Companies engaged in the Fire Safety Industry and based in Dublin Ireland. During the 1990s Fulcrum Consultants worked with JOIFF Members on various activities related to Emergency Response and this led to the identification of the absence of an Internationally recognised system of training whereby Industrial Emergency Responders could obtain certification of competence. In 1999, JOIFF and Fulcrum Consultants together began to develop a system of competency based training for Emergency Responders to Industry, which not only Course content but also minimum requirements for Training Establishments and Instructors.

At the beginning of 2001, Fulcrum Consultants, which became an independent Company in 2005, were invited to become the Secretariat of JOIFF and have worked with the Executive since then in developing JOIFF into the major International Organisation that it is today with Membership spanning 4 Continents.