New Zealand Branch Update

The New Zealand Professional Firefighters Union and Fire Emergency New Zealand have agreed through the Collective Employment Agreement for all Graduate grade IFE members who are taking the IFE recognised New Zealand Fire Service Station Officer programme and diploma to be awarded the qualification bonus. This not only reflects a bonus allowance in their weekly wage but also it recognises the quality of the training from Fire and Emergency New Zealand and the effort each firefighter puts in to gain their officer qualifications.

This is hugely exciting for the New Zealand Branch as this has not been in place since 2015. Thanks to all their hard work, all qualifications will be backdated for their bonus.

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IFE Southern Branch relaunch with CPD event

As a formal re-launch and to mark one year since it was re-established, the Southern Branch held a successful CPD seminar on 11th September at Fort Nelson, near Portsmouth.

Attendees in front of the ramparts at Fort Nelson

The excellent turnout of 60 individuals were able to hear from Fire Safety Expert, Nick Coombe MBE, regarding the Building Safety Programme and associated reviews. After coffee, Nick gave his views on fire risk assessments post-Grenfell.

In the afternoon, Andrea White, who is Head of Fire Safety at William Martin Compliance Solutions, gave a review of her research into fire safety aspects of light-weight timber frame flats and the appropriateness of stay-put policies, this was timely, given the Worcester Park fire just two days prior.

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OMAP Progress Update

We are progressing towards the completion and delivery of our new online membership applications, and the speed of the project has started picking up!

We have now begun extensive testing, focusing on the design, content and functionality of the project. Alongside this, there is testing taking place for Student, Technician, Graduate and Associate member grades and for Affiliate Individuals.

Work is still being carried out on regrades and resubmissions, and is expected to be completed shortly before also entering the testing stage.

We would like to thank the volunteers who have helped with the wider group testing for the MIFireE grade applications. Your help was essential to getting through this stage of the project.

Work will continue picking up pace as we move onto further phases of OMAP, with the aim to release all phases together later this year.

Keep an eye on our social media, the E-Newsletter and the IFP for further updates on the project progress and release.

Renewing your IFE Membership for 2020

Thank you to all IFE members and volunteers for your support and dedication throughout 2019.

Membership provides instant recognition of professional status in all corners of the globe. In addition, a range of member benefits and CPD are on offer and are designed to meet the needs of fire professionals today and in the future.

All membership fees are due on 1st January 2020. To remain in membership and avoid interruptions to your membership benefits, please pay your fees without delay. Ways to pay are as follows…

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Online Membership Application Project update

With the new Member (MIFireE) grade online application configuration almost complete and entering into the final testing and refinement stages our attention has moved onto the next phase of the build.

Configuration has begun for new Affiliate individual, Student, Full time education student, Technician, Graduate and Associate applications. We hope to soon begin the user acceptance testing for all of these online applications.

Work will continue with further phases and we are now aiming to release all phases together later this year.

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

IFE Malaysia Branch News

Courtesy call to Ir Razdwan bin Kasim, Senior Director of Public Works Department Malaysia (JKR)

Branch members met with Ir Razdwan bin Kasim, Senior Director of Public Works Department Malaysia (JKR). The department expressed an interest to collaborate with IFE Malaysia Branch in promoting fire engineering in Malaysia and branch members had an informative and productive meeting with him in May 2019.

 

IFE International President Richard Fowler visit

Richard Fowler, IFE International President visited the Malaysia Branch in June 2019. The three-day visit included; a meeting with the branch council, practical fire risk assessments at the largest shopping mall in downtown Kuala Lumpur and a visit to the iconic Petronas Twin Towers.

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