North Western Branch Asbestos Symposium

On 6th March, the North Western Branch held an Asbestos Symposium at Halton Stadium in Widnes. The day aimed to establish a shared understanding of the hazard and risk posed by fire plumes which contain asbestos fibres, to establish the roles and capabilities of each agency involved with such an incident and to explore the expectations of affected communities in these situations.

Stuart Devereux from Cheshire Fire and Rescue opened the symposium

Both IFE members and non-members alike attended this event, with guests from Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service, emergency planners from the local authority and commercial asbestos waste contractors all in attendance.

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Cheshire Group Cadet Lecturette Competition

On Wednesday 4th March, the third final of the IFE Cheshire Group Lecturette Competition took place at Safety Central.

The cadets presented to a full house of service colleagues, cadets, volunteers and guests

The finalists, Nantwich Cadet Roma Street, Widnes Cadet Lara Cook, Stockton Heath Cadet Jess Johnson, Congleton Cadet Joshua Vaughan, Middlewich Cadet Amy Teszke, Northwich Cadet Joe Mills and Chester Cadet Sam Moody all took to the stage to deliver presentations to service colleagues, cadets, volunteers and guests.

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North East Midlands Branch CPD Event with Derbyshire Fire and Rescue

In November the North East Midlands Branch hosted a CPD event with Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service. The event was a great success and sold out weeks in advance!

The diverse agenda attracted a broad audience. The event was a great opportunity for local fire services to give their fire safety personnel exposure to subjects that they wouldn’t normally have access to. As a result, the fire services made up half of the audience. The other half of the attendees included; fire engineers, fire risk assessors, smoke control contractors and many more.

The day was opened by Derbyshire’s Chief Fire Officer, Gavin Tomlinson. Mr Tomlinson, a longstanding member of the IFE, spoke of his pleasure that Derbyshire FRS were able to host a CPD day on behalf of the IFE North East Midlands Branch and stressed the importance of continued professional development. This was followed by the first speaker of the day, Watch Manager Dave Coss. Mr Coss, a fire investigation specialist at Derbyshire FRS, presented a summary of a fatal fire he attended back in 2015. The session was particularly thought-provoking and bought to attention key aspects in building design.

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The St Florian Book Collection finds a new home

On Thursday 14th November we gathered to welcome the prestigious St Florian Collection into its new home at IFE House, Stratford-upon-Avon. The collection, a library of more than 500 books about fire and related topics collected by Patrick Sheen during his lifetime, was gifted to the Worshipful Company of Firefighters to form the basis of a national library of fire, before being passed to the IFE to look after.

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New Zealand Branch Update

2019 has been an incredibly busy time for the New Zealand Branch, with the end of the year seeing a number of significant events. In particular we have held the FireNZ 2019 Conference, Annual Presidents’ Dinner and the AGM just to name a few!



The FireNZ 2019 Tradeshow and Conference took place between 4th and 6th September at the Vodafone Events Centre in Auckland. The conference was once again presented by the Institution of Fire Engineers New Zealand Branch, the Fire Protection Association of New Zealand and the Society of Fire Protection Engineers NZ Chapter, providing the premier fire industry event for keeping abreast of advancements in all aspects of fire safety. This year’s event was a standout success, attracting a large number of exhibitors and delegates.

FireNZ Abhishek Chhabra

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