Mandatory CPD checking for Engineering Council Registrants

Carrying out regular CPD is recommended for all IFE members; however those who are also registered with the Engineering Council (EngC) are obliged to undertake CPD as part of the registration agreement. Each year, all Professional Engineering Institutions (PEIs), including the IFE, are required by the Engineering Council to select a random sample of their EngC registrants’ CPD.

The process of the 2019 random CPD sampling will shortly begin and those selected will be contacted in early December so if you are a registered CEng, IEng or EngTech we would suggest that you ensure that your CPD record is up to date.

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IFE Ethics Committee

A man without ethics is a wild beast loosed upon this world.” – Albert Camus (1913 – 1960)

The Ethics Committee has been established by the Board of the Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE) to monitor the ethical and behavioural standards exhibited by the Institution and its members, and to take such action as may be necessary when it appears that the highest standards have not been met.

The Ethics Committee is seeking members and we want to make sure that we effectively represent the diverse nature of the IFE’s membership.

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Congratulations to Susan – Karen Burt Award 2018 winner

The IFE is delighted to announce the winner of the Karen Burt Award 2018 as the candidate nominated by the Institution: Susan Deeny CEng MIFireE of Ove Arup & Partners.

This prestigious annual award for a newly chartered woman engineer, now in its 20th year, recognises the candidate’s excellence and potential in the practice of engineering; highlights the importance of Chartered status; as well as offering recognition to contributions made by the candidate to the promotion of the engineering profession.

Susan is currently a Senior Fire Engineer at Ove Arup & Partners.

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2019 membership renewals

Your membership renewal invitation will be sent by email in November 2018. Membership fees are due on or before 1 January 2019.

Here are 3 great reasons to renew:

  • Keep your post nominals; endorsement of your professional recognition
  • Stay up-to-date; access to free or discounted CPD and training courses
  • Links to local branches and Special Interest Groups providing worldwide networking opportunities

Membership benefits will be interrupted and your details will be removed from the IFE Member and Engineering Council Registrant Directory without prompt payment. Information on ways to pay are detailed below.

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Online Membership Application Project update

Further progress has been made on the Online Membership Application Project (OMAP) since the IFE’s last update.

The team are now eagerly awaiting the proof of concept which will broadly demonstrate the system’s capabilities within the context of the IFE’s application process for MIFireE. This proof of concept will then endure a thorough testing process and review for comments before development of the refined application process.

In addition, the user journeys for the remaining membership grades are currently being mapped out to ensure the process is as accessible as possible for both prospective and existing members.

Further updates will be issued in the e-news and IFP journal to keep members updated on the progress of this project.

Midlands branch event – The Route to Competence in Fire Safety

The Midlands branch are hosting this event which will take place on 25th October. Speakers include the following:

Benjamin Walker MIFireE, has served as an operational officer in a busy UK Metropolitan Fire Service and trained Firefighters worldwide in Tactical Firefighting and Fire Behaviour. Considered to be a subject matter expert, he is also the author of three textbooks. Having trained firefighters throughout the world, he is renowned for making fire science accessible.  Ben will be setting the scene for the seminar with some simple revision to underscore the importance of knowledge and understanding of fire and fire behaviour to the competent person.

Peter Robinson CFIFireE, is a Fire Safety Consultant, with many years of experience in the Fire and Rescue Service and in Fire Risk Assessment (FRA).  Having conducted over 2,500 FRA’s, in a wide variety of premises and workplaces Peter will be asking some hard questions of Fire Risk assessors Who are you, what is your experience, what makes you competent, what do your FRA’s look like”?

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Call for Papers – Interflam 2019

Interflam 2019 takes place next summer on 1-3 July 2019 at the Royal Holloway College near Windsor, UK, and the Call for Papers is now open.

Prospective authors are invited to submit papers that embrace the general theme of the conference ‘From Fire Science to Engineering’. For a full list of topics, click here. To submit a proposal, please send a 1-2 page abstract with a mimium of 600 words for review by 1st November 2018. An abstract template is available to view on the Interflam website.

Interflam has brought together engineers, scientists, practitioners and regulators from around the globe to hear the latest state of the art papers, meet with new colleagues and importantly, to network with their peers in a friendly atmosphere conducive to exchanging ideas and developing new ones since 1979.

For further information about the event, click here.