100 years young: futureproofing Generation Alpha conference

The North Western branch and Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service will host this one-day conference later this month on 23rd September.

The day will celebrate the IFE’s centenary and focus on young people born after 2011 who are predicted to be the most transformative generation ever. The primary aims of the day are to share best practice and stimulate debate on the issues facing fire and rescue services and partner agencies working with young people. Speakers include representatives from the NSPCC, Rochdale Borough Council, fabtic, Sparkton, The Prince’s Trust, Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service and National Fire Chiefs Council Children and Young Persons lead.

For further information and tickets click here.

Now taking bookings for RE18

The annual Fire Related Research and Developments event returns on 13th November this year at West Midlands Fire and Rescue Service Headquarters. The event showcases current research studies and innovative projects with this year’s programme featuring presentations from Vancouver Island University, NFCC, UCLan, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service and STS Defence Ltd plus more.

Topics to be discussed include the following:

  • Understanding and addressing preventable fire deaths and injury
  • Governance and regulation in the UK Fire and Rescue Service
  • Fire safety: techniques and knowledge
  • Improving fire and rescue services’ operational and organisational learning
  • Community safety considerations for specific groups
  • Firefighter health, safety and wellbeing
  • FRS Governance: the local and strategic landscape
  • Situational awareness and incident command
  • Firefighters’ wellbeing and psychology
  • Operational working practices to increase firefighter wellbeing
  • Enhancing FRS communication

Registration will open from 8.30am with the event running 9.15am-4.30pm. Tickets are available from the IFE’s website.

Members invited to celebrate the Year of Engineering

National service at Westminster Abbey to celebrate the year of engineering

To mark the Year of Engineering, the Government will be holding a multi-faith national service at Westminster Abbey at midday, Thursday 22 November.

Representatives from the engineering community, engineering charities and members of the general public are invited to join the Secretary of State for Transport, government representatives and Year of Engineering partners in celebrating the outstanding contribution that engineers past and present have made to society.

The service will also highlight the importance of inspiring the next generation with budding engineers, inspiring engineering role models and educational organisations invited to attend.

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Assessing the impact of the Grenfell Tower tragedy on professional indemnity insurance

Members are invited to take part in a survey from the Construction Industry Council (CIC) which assesses the impact of the Grenfell Tower tragedy on professional indemnity insurance. This is an updated version following the earlier 2018 survey which was launched to gather data in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire.

A year on the CIC are running the survey again to capture all the renewals which have taken place since June 2017. The survey is intended to continue to help industry and government understand the extent of this problem and how it could impact the capacity of the sector.

Members are encouraged to take part in the survey before the closing date of 20th September 2018. All responses will remain anonymous. To take part in the survey click here.

Online Membership Application Project update

Progress has been made on the Online Membership Applications Project (OMAP) over the summer with the team appointing a supplier and now nearing completion of the discovery stage of the plan.

The project went out to tender and a number of proposals were received before the IFE appointed specialists E and H Consulting Ltd who will work closely with the IFE’s current CRM supplier Silverbear to ensure all deliverables are achieved.

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Member Poll on a Petition for a Royal Charter

The Board were very pleased at the number of members who responded to the recent ePoll on the subject of a Petition for a Royal Charter, and on the related matter of our name.

An overwhelming majority supported the Petition but, as expected, the proposition that we should change our name split members three ways. The Board is now considering how best to take matters forward in discussion with the Privy Council Office, the Engineering Council and other stakeholders. But of greater importance, the Board recognised, from the comments received from around the world, that there remained much misunderstanding amongst members on some issues and for this they accepted responsibility. Our principal objective over the next few months will be to engage more directly with members, not least through the aegis of the IGA. Led by our IP-elect, Richard Fowler, the Board will spend as much time as possible meeting Branch members, providing factual briefing and listening to members’ views.

We will provide regular updates on how matters are progressing, recognising that it is better to arrive at the right answer rather than to get a quick answer.

Inter-professional networking event 2018

A networking event supported by the IFE will take place for professionals from the built and natural environment next month which will also provide an opportunity to take part in a 1-2-1 CV workshop.

The event offers the chance to connect with professionals from nine institutions including architects, engineers, ecologists and landscape architects in an informal setting. The IFE’s London branch is one of the event sponsors which also includes CIBSE, The Institution of Structural Engineers and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers amongst others. In addition to the networking opportunity, the event will provide 15 minute sessions for peer-reviewing of CVs which are pre-bookable workshops to be confirmed in advance of the event.

To attend, book your place here. The event will take place on 14th August 2018 at 6.30pm at Patch St Paul’s, 58-60 Carter Lane, EC4V 5EA.