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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Online Membership Application Project update (OMAP)

Another milestone has been reached on the initial stage of the project with the product specifications and user journeys having been defined in significant detail.  We are now ready to progress to the configuration of the Member (MIFireE) grade online application as the first of the grades to be built and prepared for testing, covering the application process from start to finish.

After an in-depth selection process, Cantarus has been selected to work closely with the IFE and Silverbear to provide the design expertise on this project. Work of the design elements is due to start shortly with the discovery sessions scheduled.

The membership and registration team has started working on ensuring the website and portal content provides applicants with the most appropriate and helpful information to guide them through their application.

We are concurrently working on a number of components with the aim of when we reach the testing phase it will come together and be presented in a complete format and have the look and feel of a more finished product.

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

Renew your membership before it’s suspended

Not yet paid? Too busy? Forgot?

Membership fees were due on 1 January 2019, unpaid memberships will be suspended on 31 March 2019.

If you haven’t yet paid your membership fees we hope this is an oversight. To remain in membership and retain your membership benefits please forward full payment before 31 March 2019. After this date your membership benefits will cease; you will no longer be eligible to use your IFE post nominals and you will be excluded from the IFE Member and Engineering Council Registrant Directory; you will only have limited access to the new MyIFE portal and you will no longer receive this e-newsletter or the quarterly International Fire Professional journal.

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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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