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 African 2019 course dates released

The branch has issued their short course dates which are available to view here.

The first course, Fundamentals of Fire Investigation, takes place on 18-22nd February 2019 in Johannesburg and features content including basic fire investigation methodology, basic fire science, origin determination and cause determination and expert testimony. This course carries 28 CPD hours from the IFE.

A number of successful short courses were held throughout 2018 including Fire Safety Management, Fire Safety Legislation and Examination of Building Plans.

For further information from the branch, visit the website.

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.

Fundamentals of Design and Engineered Solutions course – South Africa branch

The branch is promoting this five-day course which is aimed at professionals who have the responsibility of examining and reviewing rational fire designs in accordance with the National Building Regulations. The course will take place on 20th-24th August 2018 at Durban Hilton Hotel.

Key course content covers the following:

  • An overview of South African Legislation regarding Rational Design submissions related to Fire Protection of Buildings
  • Responsibility and Expectations relating to Local Authority Plan Examiners
  • Guide to the Design Framework and Fire Safety Engineering Procedures
  • Initiation and development of fire within the enclosure of origin
  • Detection of fire and activation of fire protection systems
  • Human factors:  Life safety strategies – Occupant evacuation, behaviour and condition
  • National Building Regulations
  • BS 9999 – Code of practice for fire safety in the design, management and use of buildings
  • Introduction to BS 7974
  • Overview of BS 7974 published documents and other design approaches

The cost of the course if R 9 500-00 per person and carries 25.5 IFE CPD hours. The course is open to everyone and no IFE or ECSA membership is required to attend. The only prerequisite to attend the course will be to read and write fluently in English. To book onto the course please click here.

News from our Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

With the recent addition of the Rescue Engineering Special Interest Group (see below) there are now nine IFE SIGs. As well as this new group, many of the SIGs have seen new Chairs. To read more about SIGs and the various groups and Chairs please click here.

April saw the first meeting of the founding members of the IFE Rescue Engineering Special Interest Group. This is the latest SIG aimed at promoting the concept of Rescue Engineering, its recognition across sectors and its accreditation by the IFE whilst it also provides a focus for IFE activities in this area.

People from across the world battled with inevitable technological challenges to take part in the inaugural virtual meeting. There is representation across the globe on this founding group and special thanks to Tim Fox of Fire and Rescue New South Wales and the Australian Road Rescue Organisation (ARRO) for forgoing his early night to take part! Stakeholders in the group also included the United Kingdom Rescue Organisation, the National Fire Chiefs Council (UK), Fire and Emergency Services Durban, as well as people from industry.

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A successful IGA and Board meeting

Last month saw a successful meeting of the International General Assembly (IGA) and IFE Board of Directors. It was the first time the IGA had met the IFE’s new CEO Graham Cory, and to welcome him on board Trent Fearnley, New Zealand branch president, performed the haka, a traditional Māori war dance, before presenting the group with a wooden canoe.

Trent explained the purpose of the canoe was to act as a symbol of everyone working together to move the IFE forward. The canoe will be present at all future IGA meetings.

Trent Fearnley, New Zealand branch president, presents the wooden canoe to Chris Bilby, IGA Vice Leader and North East Midlands branch representative.

Minutes of the IGA and Board meeting will be circulated to the attendees. For information and updates please contact your local branch representative.

New Zealand branch raises awareness of fire engineering with new MoU

There is a shortage of engineers at all levels in New Zealand and the Government has responded by allocating over $60 million over the past four years to boost engineering education. The Engineering Education to Employment (E2E) Programme was set up in June 2014 to help facilitate this goal and represents a partnership between the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC), the Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (ITPs), Business NZ, Engineering NZ and a number of organisations that employ engineers or benefit from their services.

Last year the New Zealand branch met with E2E to discuss the issue. E2E did not realise the size of the fire industry or the need to be recognised as engineers with our own career path. Currently fire engineering is only recognised in New Zealand at a Masters level and it is not noted on career websites which the branch has been trying to change since late 2015 when they conducted a gap analysis of the fire industry in New Zealand and the lack of qualifications available in the industry. We discussed the need for a diploma level qualification for those people in the industry who are working at Engineering Technician level. E2E did not realise that the fire industry had such a wide variety of specialised roles such as evacuation consultants through to passive fire installers and fire alarm technicians.

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