IGA appeal for branch interaction

Following on from a successful set of International General Assembly (IGA) and Board meetings in February, I wanted to ask all members to consider how they interact with their branches.

Although I have outlined below how the IGA works, there will be a fuller report in the May edition of the IFP journal. For this short piece I ask that all members consider how much they value the IFE in their professional capacity because I think we need to establish what drives an individual to join the IFE?

Is it because they need to prove competence? Is it about improving professional competence? Could it be that they need to have an IFE qualification so they can get on the promotion trail? Maybe it’s the CPD events and meeting like-minded people. Or perhaps it’s just because everyone likes a badge!

I would like you to consider these questions and others and get involved with your branch. Let them know what you are thinking so they can pass this information to your IGA representative who in turn will make the Board aware.

If we can do this then we can start to focus on the areas that give the most benefit to members. In turn this will allow us to target new members and hopefully increase our influence in fire and rescue engineering across the globe.


About the IGA:

  • The IGA is made up of representatives from each branch across the globe. Individuals are elected by their branch and when there are enough willing volunteers an alternative IGA representative can also be elected
  • The IGA then elect from their ranks a Leader and Vice Leader. These positions are re-elected each year
  • All representatives meet normally twice a year to discuss a wide range of issues and the effect they have on members and branches
    • Included in these meetings are members representing the Special Interest Groups (SIGs)
  • The IGA meeting takes place over two days and includes;
    • Day 1; IGA and SIGs to discuss a number of issues generally agreed prior to the meeting. The agenda is made up of issues identified by branches and also the Board, for example any specific topics that the Board feel the IGA could contribute to
    • Day 2; IGA, SIG and Board members meet to discuss the outcome of the workshop. There is also opportunity for the CEO, IFE Chair and lead managers in IFE departments such as membership, education and finance to present reports
  • Outside of the twice-yearly meetings, the IGA also take on other smaller pieces of consultative work as and when required by the Board


Chris Bilby
IGA Leader and North East Midlands Branch Secretary