As part of a drive to expand the diversity of the group and involve the marine sector, we were extremely fortunate to hold our first meeting of the year afloat on the DFDS Delft Seaways cross channel ferry, travelling from Dover to Dunkirk.
Transport SIG members on the DFDS Delft Seaways Bridge
Things were looking up from the outset as we were blessed with calm water in the channel. The day started with a briefing at Dover Fire Station, where we were able to bombard Dave Brown with questions about ship firefighting. This was followed by an interesting ‘follow the leader’ drive to the ferry port terminal. Having safely navigated the right lanes, we passed all our checks and drove onto the ferry just as if we were going on holiday!
Back in January, Programme Manager Steve Hamm and Membership Consultant Ralph Corbett had a great initial meeting with Julie King, Chair of Women in the Fire Service UK and committee member Jenny Hill. Women in the Fire Service UK is a not-for-profit, volunteer-led organisation, established in 1993. Their vision is: “to work with Fire and Rescue Services in developing a culture of equality of opportunity and to support all women in achieving their full potential within it.”
There were exciting and constructive talks about how the IFE and Women in the Fire Service could support each other in the future. We look forward to sharing this with you all in future editions of the e-newsletter. You can find more information about the Women in the Fire Service UK here.
Ralph Corbett, Jenny Hill, Julie King and Steve Hamm
John Kluth CEng MIFireE retired from CEng and IEng reviewing, interviewing and Committee membership at the recent IFE Registrants’ Group Membership Committee meeting. John was one of the longest serving members on the Committee and his wealth of experience, patience and professionalism as well as his unwavering support and commitment to the EngC registration process means that he will be greatly missed by Committee and IFE employees alike.
John was presented with an engraved IFE paperweight on his retirement as a thank you for all his years of dedicated volunteering.
Peter Camp CEng MIFireE IFERGMC Chair, presents John Kluth CEng MIFireE with his retirement present from the IFE.
We wish John a long and happy retirement, with a full and exciting travel itinerary.
As 2019 comes to an end, we thought we would reflect and look back on what an exciting and busy year the Institution of Fire Engineers has had!
We kicked 2019 off with a record-breaking Membership Application Assessment Panel meeting. Between November 2018 and January 2019, we received more than 200 membership applications, what a great way to start the year!
In February, the IFE Board of trustees and International General Assembly visited Stratford-upon-Avon (home of IFE HQ) for their first meeting of the year.
IFE Board and IGA in Stratford-upon-Avon
The first-round of 2019 examinations took place in March. Candidates all around the world took exams in Fire Science, Operations and Safety, Passive Fire Protection and Fire Safety and Management.
The IFE’s annual Rasbash Lecture took place at Surgeons’ Hall, Edinburgh on Friday 8th November. With the theme of “Investigating the physics of wildfires to help build resilience in society”, it proved a compelling insight into this topical issue. Professor Albert Simeoni provided the audience with a comprehensive overview of the challenges that our societies face and what can be done to overcome them.
The lecture was well attended with more than 100 fire professionals and students in the lecture hall as Professor Simeoni focussed particularly on the issue of Wildland-Urban Interface alongside the research that can be developed to mitigate the impact of wildfires. With a wide range of examples and a thorough insight into the different approaches to firefighting and fire management alongside the fundamentals for the drivers of fire spread and fire impact. The knowledge and exploration of these topics really brought home the advancements in research and how current capacity to predict wildfire behaviour can be improved in an ever-changing environment.
At the conclusion of the lecture, Peter Holland CBE QFSM FIFireE (Life), Vice Chairman of the IFE was on hand to present Professor Simeoni with the prestigious Rasbash Memorial Medal.
What a year for the Membership and Registration team at IFE House! In terms of new membership numbers and increased numbers of registrants (for both the Fire Risk Register of Assessors and the Engineering Council Register) we have surpassed all expectations. So, a HUGE thank you to all the dedicated volunteers and staff involved in all the processes.
Which brings me neatly on to mention Patrick Hamblin CbuildE FCABE IEng CFIFireE. Patrick has decided to step down from his volunteering role and fully retire after a dedicated and long career in the fire sector which started over 50 years ago. We all owe Patrick a massive debt of gratitude for his service to the IFE, particularly for the Fire Risk Register of Assessors. Patrick has served on the IFE’s Fire Risk Register of Assessor Panel, and as a volunteer reviewer and interviewer for many years. He has been instrumental in training up new volunteers, being involved in various standards committees, and representing IFE in many different organisations.
On 3rd June, the IFE appointed Roy Bishop OBE QFSM FIFireE as Acting Chief Executive. IFE International Head Quarters also welcomed Steve Hamm MSc BEng(Hons) CEng FIFireE as Programme Manager. Steve will be supporting the team at International Head Quarters in the various current projects, including OMAP (more information about progress with this in your e-newsletter).
Steve will be working alongside Roy, as they ensure that the current growth of members and interest in the Institution continues unabated given there is greatly increased interest in professional competence and standards post the Grenfell tragedy. We’re delighted to have them on board.