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!

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Fire Safety – 100 years on… are we any safer?

The IFE South Africa branch will host their AGM and Professional development seminar and workshop on 4-5th April 2019 focusing on ‘Fire Safety -100 years on…. are we any safer?’. This event will focus on the recent tragedies based on historic events and the changes they bring about in our laws and practices.

The unfortunate events at Grenfell Tower in 2017 and the Bank of Lisbon fire in Johannesburg, showed that improvements need to be made in the prevention of deadly fires. This seminar and workshop will appeal to civil engineers, structural engineers, services engineers, facilities managers, procurement officers, project managers, construction managers, insurers, architects, developers and firefighters who are dealing with high rise building fire hazards and will have local and international speakers.

The event will take place at Wanderers Protea Hotel Johannesburg. For booking information please contact Jennifer or Moira on 011788-4329 or email at adminstaff@ife.org.za.

South Africa branch course offering ‘Fundamentals of Design and Evaluation of Engineered Solutions Course’ – Johannesburg 25-29 March 2019

This course is aimed at all professionals who have the responsibility of examining and reviewing rational fire designs in accordance with the National Building Regulations.

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

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The Winter Hill Fire – Lancashire branch event

The Lancashire branch in conjunction with the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) and Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service will host a CPD event focusing on the Winter Hill fire. Presenter Shaun Walton will detail the significant wildfire that took place in June and July 2018.

The wildfire was unprecedented in terms of scale and intensity in Lancashire and required a Fire & Rescue Service attendance for 41 days. This presentation will inform delegates of the many challenges that the incident presented and include established and innovative methods delivered by Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service to manage the incident.

This lecture is the third free CPD event of 2019.  The events are run by the IFE in conjunction with the University of Central Lancashire and Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service.  They are aimed at those working within the fire sector and those currently studying in fire and rescue related areas.

To book on to the event click here.

Free event focusing on post Grenfell: How safe are you in Bedfordshire?

The IFE East Midlands branch is holding a half day seminar on ‘Post Grenfell: How safe are you in Bedfordshire?’ in conjunction with Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service. The seminar will be targeting housing associations, private landlords and social housing providers.

Taking place on 26th March from 9:00 am – 2:00pm, the seminar will be chaired by CFO Paul Fuller with Jonathon O’Neill setting the scene providing an update and overview on the final report of the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety following the Dame Judith Hackitt review. The main focus of the seminar will be to take a critical look at pre and post Grenfell of the work that is being undertaken across the county to ensure social housing is fit for purpose.

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South Eastern branch to focus on advances in technology in fire engineering, and waste management fires

The South Eastern branch is organising a seminar on the topic of ‘Advances in technology in the fire safety engineering industry’ and separately a discussion on waste management fires.

This one-day seminar will highlight some of the new technology that is now available and being showcased around the world in our industry and will pose the question… “What should we as Fire Safety professionals be accepting in 2019 and beyond in this regard when it comes to the opportunities presented to us to save lives in fire situations.”

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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.