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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IFE Thames Valley Branch AGM and CPD event

IFE Thames Valley Branch is holding its AGM, following a CPD event on July 22nd at the Defense Explosive Ordnance Disposal, Munitions and Search Training Regiment, MOD Bicester.

The event will run from 0900-1300, followed by the branch AGM.

The activity aims to provide a greater awareness of the MOD DEMS Provision and operational capabilities for incidents involving explosives, munitions, and chemical devices. Participants will also receive updates and refreshers on joint working protocols and best practice when working with MOD DEMS Personnel.

There will be opportunity to review OFRS Procedures for incidents involving explosives, joint training with Defence Fire & Rescue Management Organisation personnel and practical and theoretical input on land-based and water-based ordnance incidents.

Visits and Demos 0900-1300

  • Bomb Disposal Exhibition Hall Visit
  • Explosive search Dog Demo
  • Navy lake visit – Dive set management and water-based disposal
  • Biological, Chemical, Munitions & Disposal Demonstration and joint working review

Spaces on the CPD event are limited, so please contact thamesvalleyfire@hotmail.co.uk to secure your spot!

IFE Branch Event – Yorkshire and Humber: ‘Fire risks within Heritage buildings’

On 11th June 2019, IFE Yorkshire and Humber Branch is hosting the CPD event ‘Fire risks within Heritage buildings’. The event is being held at the historic Wentworth Woodhouse, Rotherham.

With a fascinating agenda the day will be valuable to those with an interest in fire safety within historic building and also those who attend operational incidents.

A range of expert speakers with significant experience within their field have been announced.

They include:

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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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