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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South African 2019 course dates released

The branch has issued their short course dates which are available to view here.

The first course, Fundamentals of Fire Investigation, takes place on 18-22nd February 2019 in Johannesburg and features content including basic fire investigation methodology, basic fire science, origin determination and cause determination and expert testimony. This course carries 28 CPD hours from the IFE.

A number of successful short courses were held throughout 2018 including Fire Safety Management, Fire Safety Legislation and Examination of Building Plans.

For further information from the branch, visit the website.

South Africa centenary conference

This event is scheduled to take place at the end of February 2019 and will feature on Fire Safety – 100 years on, are we any safer? This will include a half day workshop and both local and international speakers will present papers on topics including fire curtain facades, high rise SOP procedures and Sans 10400 misinterpretations.

For details of the conference, please visit the branch website.