Free event focusing on floods

The Lancashire IFE branch (part of the North Western branch) is running a lecture on the topic of ‘Looking at past floods on River Roeburn and the Lune’ in conjunction with The University of Central Lancashire and Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service.

Taking place from 13.30 on 16th January 2019 the event is aimed at those working within the fire sector and those studying fire or rescue related subjects. Speaker Rob Everett, a farmer, ecologist and Permaculture teacher, will cover topics including the effect of fires, grazing, drainage, rocks, trees and rainwater temperature on two different forms of flooding and flood damage. He will provide insight into the physics of water flow and circulation as well as consider the measures required to reduce effects within the future predictions for climate change.

Louisa Blundell from Lune Rivers Trust will also be speaking. Her remit is to focus on community engagement and project delivery and she has been responsible for leading multiple projects including Natural Flood Management interventions and wetland creation.

Click here to book your place at this event (bookings close on 15th January).

Successful IFE Engineering Council peer reviewing and interviewing training day

The IFE held a successful Engineering Council (EngC) Peer Reviewing and Interviewing training day on 6 December, organised by the IFE’s EngC team. This annual training event provides current IFE Incorporated Engineers (IEng) and Chartered Engineers (CEng) registrants the opportunity to learn about the reviewing and interviewing process for CEng applications, with a focus on developing future IFE reviewers.

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Renewing your IFE membership for 2019

Thank you to all IFE members and volunteers for your support and dedication throughout 2018.

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

Membership renewal invitations were issued by email in November 2018. All membership fees are due on 1 January 2019. To remain in membership and avoid interruptions to your membership benefits, please pay your fees today…

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Online Membership Application Project update

Over the last couple of months, the team at IFE Head Office have been progressing the specifications of the Online Membership Application Project (OMAP) following the approval of the proof of concept.

A design brief has also been drafted which includes the application forms and a refresh to the MyIFE portal. The team will be approaching a number of agencies and offering the opportunity to tender for the business. It is hoped that this work will commence early in the New Year.

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

Tickets on sale for Building Control Northern Ireland Fire Safety conference

The annual Building Control Northern Ireland Fire Safety conference is set to return for its 23rd year in early 2019. The prestigious event attracts delegates from a range of backgrounds including fire and rescue services, building control, entertainment licensing, universities, consultants and International Service Providers interested in fire safety research and best practice.

Taking place on 7-8th February 2019, the aim of the conference is to promote and share fire safety knowledge and expertise throughout the province enhancing the safety of all.

Speakers have been drawn from various disciplines in the field of fire safety to include fire safety professionals, fire and rescue service, product manufacturers and suppliers, trade bodies, research establishments and fire investigators.

The event will take place at the Armagh City Hotel.

For further information or to book your place click here.

IFE members enjoy day of learning at Yorkshire & Humber CPD event

Dozens of IFE members descended on North Yorkshire for a development day packed with operational learning.

The Continuous Development Day at Easingwold on 12 November offered Yorkshire & Humber branch members with four hours of development, covering everything from a fire involving millions of tyres to Coroners Regulation 28 notices.

The event entitled “Organisational Risk Management and identifying lessons learnt” was organised by Area Manager Carl Boasman GIFireE.

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News from our Canadian branch

IFE Canada Branch held a successful morning seminar on the issue of hoarding affecting fire services, property managers and those living with the mental health issues often at the root of this serious condition. They were joined by Fire Prevention Officers John Truong and Madelaine Crevier from Brampton Fire and Emergency Services, Heather Coupey of the Coalition on Hoarding in Peel and Hoarding Specialists Michelle Oosterhof and Jennifer Brock of Services and Housing in the Province (SHIP).

The information proved invaluable and the questions asked by professionals in attendance showed the need for sharing the experience of these presenters and their organisations. The branch plans to have presenters’ contact information and resources available through its website soon for others to use when developing action plans for dealing with this same scenario across the reach of the IFE.

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