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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IFE Southern Branch relaunch with CPD event

As a formal re-launch and to mark one year since it was re-established, the Southern Branch held a successful CPD seminar on 11th September at Fort Nelson, near Portsmouth.

Attendees in front of the ramparts at Fort Nelson

The excellent turnout of 60 individuals were able to hear from Fire Safety Expert, Nick Coombe MBE, regarding the Building Safety Programme and associated reviews. After coffee, Nick gave his views on fire risk assessments post-Grenfell.

In the afternoon, Andrea White, who is Head of Fire Safety at William Martin Compliance Solutions, gave a review of her research into fire safety aspects of light-weight timber frame flats and the appropriateness of stay-put policies, this was timely, given the Worcester Park fire just two days prior.

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UK IGA Working Group meeting – 27th June 2019

On 27th June the UK IGA working group met to discuss a number of subjects. It was hosted by Nottingham Fire & Rescue Service at their Highfields station.

The purpose of this group is primarily to debate issues that are unique to the UK-based branches, but also to take into consideration any issues that may have some form of knock-on effect to all branches.

The first point of order was to seek and elect a new chair to the group. The position was taken by the Midlands IGA representative; Bill Gough who was unanimously supported.

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North East Midlands Branch CPD event – 28th June 2019

The branch held its first major large all day CPD event of the year at the National Space Centre in Leicester, UK.

The event had a formal CPD value of 6 hours, this award reflected the length of the event alongside the standard of speakers and subjects, which included;

  • Case study of triple fatal fire and subsequent investigation challenges
  • Human behaviour in fire
  • Technology update; detection protection etc.
  • Hospital fire risk assessment
  • Professional competence following Grenfell
  • Debate on recent UK Consultation documents

IFE International President Richard Fowler presented on the first subject, giving an intimate and personal perspective based on his involvement leading his services investigation.

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