Transport SIG visit to DFDS Delft Seaways

As part of a drive to expand the diversity of the group and involve the marine sector, we were extremely fortunate to hold our first meeting of the year afloat on the DFDS Delft Seaways cross channel ferry, travelling from Dover to Dunkirk.

Transport SIG members on the DFDS Delft Seaways Bridge

Things were looking up from the outset as we were blessed with calm water in the channel. The day started with a briefing at Dover Fire Station, where we were able to bombard Dave Brown with questions about ship firefighting. This was followed by an interesting ‘follow the leader’ drive to the ferry port terminal. Having safely navigated the right lanes, we passed all our checks and drove onto the ferry just as if we were going on holiday!

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North Western Branch Asbestos Symposium

On 6th March, the North Western Branch held an Asbestos Symposium at Halton Stadium in Widnes. The day aimed to establish a shared understanding of the hazard and risk posed by fire plumes which contain asbestos fibres, to establish the roles and capabilities of each agency involved with such an incident and to explore the expectations of affected communities in these situations.

Stuart Devereux from Cheshire Fire and Rescue opened the symposium

Both IFE members and non-members alike attended this event, with guests from Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service, emergency planners from the local authority and commercial asbestos waste contractors all in attendance.

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Cheshire Group Cadet Lecturette Competition

On Wednesday 4th March, the third final of the IFE Cheshire Group Lecturette Competition took place at Safety Central.

The cadets presented to a full house of service colleagues, cadets, volunteers and guests

The finalists, Nantwich Cadet Roma Street, Widnes Cadet Lara Cook, Stockton Heath Cadet Jess Johnson, Congleton Cadet Joshua Vaughan, Middlewich Cadet Amy Teszke, Northwich Cadet Joe Mills and Chester Cadet Sam Moody all took to the stage to deliver presentations to service colleagues, cadets, volunteers and guests.

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Membership Renewal Deadline

IFE memberships fees were due by 1st January 2020 and memberships will be suspended on March 31st if fees are not paid.

Direct Members

For members who remit membership fees directly to IFE International Headquarters in the UK and are not already paying by Direct Debit, you can pay your fees from your MyIFE portal account at

International Branch Members

For members of an IFE international branch please contact your local branch to make payment for your membership fees. Branch contact details can be located on our website at

MyIFE Portal

The MyIFE Portal allows all members to update contact details, set mailing preferences and opt-in, or out of the IFE Member and Engineering Council Registrant Directory. You can also view archived copies of the International Professional Journal online.

If you haven’t activated your MyIFE portal account and would like a copy of your unique URL, please contact us at or +44 (0) 1789 261 463. The unique URL can only be used once and after activation you can access the MyIFE portal at any time via the main IFE website.

Meeting with the Women in the Fire Service

Back in January, Programme Manager Steve Hamm and Membership Consultant Ralph Corbett had a great initial meeting with Julie King, Chair of Women in the Fire Service UK and committee member Jenny Hill. Women in the Fire Service UK is a not-for-profit, volunteer-led organisation, established in 1993. Their vision is: “to work with Fire and Rescue Services in developing a culture of equality of opportunity and to support all women in achieving their full potential within it.”

There were exciting and constructive talks about how the IFE and Women in the Fire Service could support each other in the future. We look forward to sharing this with you all in future editions of the e-newsletter. You can find more information about the Women in the Fire Service UK here.

Ralph Corbett, Jenny Hill, Julie King and Steve Hamm