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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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.

Mandatory CPD checking for Engineering Council Registrants

Carrying out regular CPD is recommended for all IFE members; however those who are also registered with the Engineering Council (EngC) are obliged to undertake CPD as part of the registration agreement. Each year, all Professional Engineering Institutions (PEIs), including the IFE, are required by the Engineering Council to select a random sample of their EngC registrants’ CPD.

The process of the 2019 random CPD sampling will shortly begin and those selected will be contacted in early December so if you are a registered CEng, IEng or EngTech we would suggest that you ensure that your CPD record is up to date.

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Call for Papers – Interflam 2019

Interflam 2019 takes place next summer on 1-3 July 2019 at the Royal Holloway College near Windsor, UK, and the Call for Papers is now open.

Prospective authors are invited to submit papers that embrace the general theme of the conference ‘From Fire Science to Engineering’. For a full list of topics, click here. To submit a proposal, please send a 1-2 page abstract with a mimium of 600 words for review by 1st November 2018. An abstract template is available to view on the Interflam website.

Interflam has brought together engineers, scientists, practitioners and regulators from around the globe to hear the latest state of the art papers, meet with new colleagues and importantly, to network with their peers in a friendly atmosphere conducive to exchanging ideas and developing new ones since 1979.

For further information about the event, 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.

Fundamentals of Design and Engineered Solutions course – South Africa branch

The branch is promoting this five-day course which is aimed at professionals who have the responsibility of examining and reviewing rational fire designs in accordance with the National Building Regulations. The course will take place on 20th-24th August 2018 at Durban Hilton Hotel.

Key course content covers the following:

  • An overview of South African Legislation regarding Rational Design submissions related to Fire Protection of Buildings
  • Responsibility and Expectations relating to Local Authority Plan Examiners
  • Guide to the Design Framework and Fire Safety Engineering Procedures
  • Initiation and development of fire within the enclosure of origin
  • Detection of fire and activation of fire protection systems
  • Human factors:  Life safety strategies – Occupant evacuation, behaviour and condition
  • National Building Regulations
  • BS 9999 – Code of practice for fire safety in the design, management and use of buildings
  • Introduction to BS 7974
  • Overview of BS 7974 published documents and other design approaches

The cost of the course if R 9 500-00 per person and carries 25.5 IFE CPD hours. The course is open to everyone and no IFE or ECSA membership is required to attend. The only prerequisite to attend the course will be to read and write fluently in English. To book onto the course please click here.