IFE International Head Quarters welcomes new staff

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.

Online Membership Application Project update (OMAP)

The design, content and functionality have now been assembled within our testing portal and test database for the Member (MIFireE) grade online application process and is currently going through an extensive testing phase. The Membership and Registration team, Finance team and the Membership Applications Assessment Panel have all been involved in the testing, as well as other key stakeholders.

Testing is taking place with a product that is now starting to look, feel and function similarly to how we anticipate the final application process to work. Testing groups have been providing feedback to ensure that it is fit for purpose and provides an enhanced application experience for potential new members submitting applications via the MyIFE portal.

Applicants who are new to the IFE will soon be able to register and apply for MIFireE online via the new and improved MyIFE portal. Changes are also coming for the membership and registration pages of our website, with updated information and guidance to assist applicants with their journey to membership.

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

IFE Announces new Board Director and Trustee

IFE Chair Grant Lupton AFSM B.GS CPMgr FAIM CFIFireE has announced that the Board co-opted Chris Lowther, CFO Tyne and Wear FRS (UK), as a Director and Trustee of the Institution.

Chris started his career as an operational firefighter based at Gateshead Community Fire Station in 1997. After joining the Strategic Management Team in 2009, he worked as an Area Manager before being appointed, in 2013, Assistant Chief Officer, assuming overall responsibility for services across five districts, operations, community safety and fire safety. With a varied background encompassing training, community safety and operations, Chris has taken a lead role in a number of national resilience programmes. He took up his CFO appointment in April 2017.

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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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Introducing IFE’s head office new starters

The IFE has recently welcomed two new starters to IFE international HQ.

Christina Chamberlain joined the IFE in January as Education Administrator, dealing with exams, recognitions and CPD enquiries within the Education Department.

Over the last 18 years Christina has lived in the UK, Dubai and Greece and worked for a variety of companies including multinationals, charities and statutory levy boards.

Ritu Tiwari also joined the organisation in January as the Marketing and Communications Administrator. Ritu said:

“I am looking forward to being an integral part of the communication and creative team. After working in India for traditional and digital media agencies, I am excited to work in the same stream in the UK and look forward to contributing my experience and facing new challenges.”

Meet the IFE’s newest Special Interest Group

The Fixed Firefighting System (FFS) Special Interest Group (SIG) was founded by Simon Bird EngD MEng CEng MIET MIFireE during 2018, the IFE’s centenary year.

The SIG was established to provide a focus for IFE activities in relation to FFS, to raise awareness of issue affecting FFS and to identify research and guidance relating to the sector.

The sector faces many complex issues. In some areas, the technology used in the sector is mature and enjoys the performance and reliability benefits of over 100 years of standardisation, certification, lessons learned and refinement. In other areas, new technologies emerge, either seeking to ape the success of the more mature technologies and/or as genuinely promising innovations and developments of the technology.

There is an ongoing need to keep pace with technological developments and uphold levels of performance to the desired level. There is also a need to educate users and specifiers on the potentially great disparities in the technical area currently.

Simon has produced the SIG’s first newsletter introducing the group, its ambitions, case studies and how to get involved. Download the newsletter here or to get involved with SIG contact simon.bird@ffsb.co.uk

Bookings are now open for 2019 Conference

The IFE’s 96th AGM, International Conference and International President’s Dinner will be held on the 17-18th July at Jurys Inn Brighton Waterfront Brighton.

The theme of the conference is ‘Professionalism and ethics in the fire sector’ and keynote speaker Roy Wilsher, Chair of the National Fire Chiefs Council, will open the conference on day one.

This year’s International President’s Dinner will be hosted by Richard Fowler, at the unique venue of the British Airways i360 on the evening of 17th July. Guests will enjoy a drinks reception in the sky onboard the i360 pod which gently glides 450ft high providing stunning coastal views. After departing the pod, guests will enjoy a three-course meal dining in the seafront location.

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