Free event focusing on floods

The Lancashire IFE branch (part of the North Western branch) is running a lecture on the topic of ‘Looking at past floods on River Roeburn and the Lune’ in conjunction with The University of Central Lancashire and Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service.

Taking place from 13.30 on 16th January 2019 the event is aimed at those working within the fire sector and those studying fire or rescue related subjects. Speaker Rob Everett, a farmer, ecologist and Permaculture teacher, will cover topics including the effect of fires, grazing, drainage, rocks, trees and rainwater temperature on two different forms of flooding and flood damage. He will provide insight into the physics of water flow and circulation as well as consider the measures required to reduce effects within the future predictions for climate change.

Louisa Blundell from Lune Rivers Trust will also be speaking. Her remit is to focus on community engagement and project delivery and she has been responsible for leading multiple projects including Natural Flood Management interventions and wetland creation.

Click here to book your place at this event (bookings close on 15th January).

Tickets on sale for Building Control Northern Ireland Fire Safety conference

The annual Building Control Northern Ireland Fire Safety conference is set to return for its 23rd year in early 2019. The prestigious event attracts delegates from a range of backgrounds including fire and rescue services, building control, entertainment licensing, universities, consultants and International Service Providers interested in fire safety research and best practice.

Taking place on 7-8th February 2019, the aim of the conference is to promote and share fire safety knowledge and expertise throughout the province enhancing the safety of all.

Speakers have been drawn from various disciplines in the field of fire safety to include fire safety professionals, fire and rescue service, product manufacturers and suppliers, trade bodies, research establishments and fire investigators.

The event will take place at the Armagh City Hotel.

For further information or to book your place click here.

IFE members enjoy day of learning at Yorkshire & Humber CPD event

Dozens of IFE members descended on North Yorkshire for a development day packed with operational learning.

The Continuous Development Day at Easingwold on 12 November offered Yorkshire & Humber branch members with four hours of development, covering everything from a fire involving millions of tyres to Coroners Regulation 28 notices.

The event entitled “Organisational Risk Management and identifying lessons learnt” was organised by Area Manager Carl Boasman GIFireE.

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News from our Canadian branch

IFE Canada Branch held a successful morning seminar on the issue of hoarding affecting fire services, property managers and those living with the mental health issues often at the root of this serious condition. They were joined by Fire Prevention Officers John Truong and Madelaine Crevier from Brampton Fire and Emergency Services, Heather Coupey of the Coalition on Hoarding in Peel and Hoarding Specialists Michelle Oosterhof and Jennifer Brock of Services and Housing in the Province (SHIP).

The information proved invaluable and the questions asked by professionals in attendance showed the need for sharing the experience of these presenters and their organisations. The branch plans to have presenters’ contact information and resources available through its website soon for others to use when developing action plans for dealing with this same scenario across the reach of the IFE.

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South Africa centenary conference

This event is scheduled to take place at the end of February 2019 and will feature on Fire Safety – 100 years on, are we any safer? This will include a half day workshop and both local and international speakers will present papers on topics including fire curtain facades, high rise SOP procedures and Sans 10400 misinterpretations.

For details of the conference, please visit the branch website.

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.