Midlands branch event – The Route to Competence in Fire Safety

The Midlands branch are hosting this event which will take place on 25th October. Speakers include the following:

Benjamin Walker MIFireE, has served as an operational officer in a busy UK Metropolitan Fire Service and trained Firefighters worldwide in Tactical Firefighting and Fire Behaviour. Considered to be a subject matter expert, he is also the author of three textbooks. Having trained firefighters throughout the world, he is renowned for making fire science accessible.  Ben will be setting the scene for the seminar with some simple revision to underscore the importance of knowledge and understanding of fire and fire behaviour to the competent person.

Peter Robinson CFIFireE, is a Fire Safety Consultant, with many years of experience in the Fire and Rescue Service and in Fire Risk Assessment (FRA).  Having conducted over 2,500 FRA’s, in a wide variety of premises and workplaces Peter will be asking some hard questions of Fire Risk assessors Who are you, what is your experience, what makes you competent, what do your FRA’s look like”?

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Call for Papers – Interflam 2019

Interflam 2019 takes place next summer on 1-3 July 2019 at the Royal Holloway College near Windsor, UK, and the Call for Papers is now open.

Prospective authors are invited to submit papers that embrace the general theme of the conference ‘From Fire Science to Engineering’. For a full list of topics, click here. To submit a proposal, please send a 1-2 page abstract with a mimium of 600 words for review by 1st November 2018. An abstract template is available to view on the Interflam website.

Interflam has brought together engineers, scientists, practitioners and regulators from around the globe to hear the latest state of the art papers, meet with new colleagues and importantly, to network with their peers in a friendly atmosphere conducive to exchanging ideas and developing new ones since 1979.

For further information about the event, click here.

Women engineering students invited to conference

The Women’s Engineering Society (WES) Student Conference takes place at the University of Warwick next month with the theme of Building Sustainable Cities and Communities.

The conference supports young women to progress in engineering and allied sectors by providing access to employer perspectives, development opportunities and networking. It is an annual two-day event which brings together around 150 students, academics and early-mid career engineers and colleagues.

The conference takes place on 23rd – 24th November 2018. For full information or to purchase tickets click here.

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.

Members invited to celebrate the Year of Engineering

National service at Westminster Abbey to celebrate the year of engineering

To mark the Year of Engineering, the Government will be holding a multi-faith national service at Westminster Abbey at midday, Thursday 22 November.

Representatives from the engineering community, engineering charities and members of the general public are invited to join the Secretary of State for Transport, government representatives and Year of Engineering partners in celebrating the outstanding contribution that engineers past and present have made to society.

The service will also highlight the importance of inspiring the next generation with budding engineers, inspiring engineering role models and educational organisations invited to attend.

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Lancashire branch host group lecturette competition

Last month, five Fire Cadets from Preesall and South Shore took part in the Lancashire IFE Under 18 Lecturette competition at UCLan. Each fire cadet had to present on a fire related topic which included:

Daniel Burke – ‘Uniforms’
Emily Checkley – ‘Firefighting changes throughout the years’
James Rogers-Elliott – ‘Firefighters who have lost their lives fighting fires’
Jack Waller – ‘Fighting fires with engineering’
Emily Gaynor-Smith – ‘Grenfell Tower’

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IFE supports Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service interactive performance

A unique theatre performance presented by Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service, which delivered safety messages to people, received a standing ovation when it was performed.

“Safer Together” was the result of collaboration between Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service and the Manchester Camerata orchestra and was supported by the IFE.

The link up has seen the Cheshire Fire’s prevention department work with a composer, theatre maker and musicians from Manchester Camerata to highlight key water, home, rural and anti-social safety issues from an inter-generational perspective.

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