2019 membership renewals

Your membership renewal invitation will be sent by email in November 2018. Membership fees are due on or before 1 January 2019.

Here are 3 great reasons to renew:

  • Keep your post nominals; endorsement of your professional recognition
  • Stay up-to-date; access to free or discounted CPD and training courses
  • Links to local branches and Special Interest Groups providing worldwide networking opportunities

Membership benefits will be interrupted and your details will be removed from the IFE Member and Engineering Council Registrant Directory without prompt payment. Information on ways to pay are detailed below.

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Online Membership Application Project update

Further progress has been made on the Online Membership Application Project (OMAP) since the IFE’s last update.

The team are now eagerly awaiting the proof of concept which will broadly demonstrate the system’s capabilities within the context of the IFE’s application process for MIFireE. This proof of concept will then endure a thorough testing process and review for comments before development of the refined application process.

In addition, the user journeys for the remaining membership grades are currently being mapped out to ensure the process is as accessible as possible for both prospective and existing members.

Further updates will be issued in the e-news and IFP journal to keep members updated on the progress of this project.

Last chance for 2018 IFE event bookings

The booking system for the IFE’s AGM, International Conference and Centenary Dinner event will close tomorrow (12th October). Please ensure any last-minute tickets are purchased beforehand via the online system here.

Bookings for RE18 will also close shortly on 2nd November. This event takes place at West Midlands Fire and Rescue Service Headquarters in Birmingham and features the latest in research and developments within fire. This year’s packed programme includes topics such as understanding and addressing preventable fire deaths and injury; governance and regulation in the UK Fire and Rescue Service; firefighter health, safety and wellbeing; and enhancing FRS communication amongst several other topics. Book tickets here.

Assessing the impact of the Grenfell Tower tragedy on professional indemnity insurance

Members are invited to take part in a survey from the Construction Industry Council (CIC) which assesses the impact of the Grenfell Tower tragedy on professional indemnity insurance. This is an updated version following the earlier 2018 survey which was launched to gather data in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire.

A year on the CIC are running the survey again to capture all the renewals which have taken place since June 2017. The survey is intended to continue to help industry and government understand the extent of this problem and how it could impact the capacity of the sector.

Members are encouraged to take part in the survey before the closing date of 20th September 2018. All responses will remain anonymous. To take part in the survey click here.

Member Poll on a Petition for a Royal Charter

The Board were very pleased at the number of members who responded to the recent ePoll on the subject of a Petition for a Royal Charter, and on the related matter of our name.

An overwhelming majority supported the Petition but, as expected, the proposition that we should change our name split members three ways. The Board is now considering how best to take matters forward in discussion with the Privy Council Office, the Engineering Council and other stakeholders. But of greater importance, the Board recognised, from the comments received from around the world, that there remained much misunderstanding amongst members on some issues and for this they accepted responsibility. Our principal objective over the next few months will be to engage more directly with members, not least through the aegis of the IGA. Led by our IP-elect, Richard Fowler, the Board will spend as much time as possible meeting Branch members, providing factual briefing and listening to members’ views.

We will provide regular updates on how matters are progressing, recognising that it is better to arrive at the right answer rather than to get a quick answer.

Board of Directors nominations are now open

Nominations of candidates for election to the Board are now invited: full details of how to nominate someone can be found on the IFE website. This year the various forms are available to download as Word documents, for return by email: no signatures are required. The deadline for the receipt of nominations is 12noon BST on 20 August.

There will be two vacancies on the Board.

This year the Nominations Committee has determined that the Board would benefit in particular from the appointment of women; non-white candidates; serving Chief Fire Officers; and candidates with professional qualifications or substantial experience in corporate finance/ accountancy; law; marketing and/or communications. Candidates who satisfy one or more of these criteria, and who are prepared to make a significant commitment to the success of the Institution, are particularly encouraged to put themselves forward for election. But that need not stop others from doing so if they believe they have a strong portfolio of relevant skills and experience.

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Royal Charter Update

Last month IFE Chair Dr Peter Wilkinson CEng FIFireE wrote of the reasons why the Board had concluded that we should apply for a Royal Charter. His blog generated a huge response, with most of those who responded via the reply button being supportive. However, the question of our name—whether we should become the Institute of Fire or remain the Institution of Fire Engineers—attracted impassioned responses. Neither option is unquestionably right or wrong, in that neither option necessarily serves our purposes in every part of the world, or in our relations with the governments and agencies in the countries where every one of our forty Branches operates.

So, if neither name is universally appropriate, what should we do? One option is to operate with a dual brand, along the following lines:

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