2019 has been an incredibly busy time for the New Zealand Branch, with the end of the year seeing a number of significant events. In particular we have held the FireNZ 2019 Conference, Annual Presidents’ Dinner and the AGM just to name a few!
The FireNZ 2019 Tradeshow and Conference took place between 4th and 6th September at the Vodafone Events Centre in Auckland. The conference was once again presented by the Institution of Fire Engineers New Zealand Branch, the Fire Protection Association of New Zealand and the Society of Fire Protection Engineers NZ Chapter, providing the premier fire industry event for keeping abreast of advancements in all aspects of fire safety. This year’s event was a standout success, attracting a large number of exhibitors and delegates.
FireNZ Abhishek Chhabra
The New Zealand Professional Firefighters Union and Fire Emergency New Zealand have agreed through the Collective Employment Agreement for all Graduate grade IFE members who are taking the IFE recognised New Zealand Fire Service Station Officer programme and diploma to be awarded the qualification bonus. This not only reflects a bonus allowance in their weekly wage but also it recognises the quality of the training from Fire and Emergency New Zealand and the effort each firefighter puts in to gain their officer qualifications.
This is hugely exciting for the New Zealand Branch as this has not been in place since 2015. Thanks to all their hard work, all qualifications will be backdated for their bonus.
Courtesy call to Ir Razdwan bin Kasim, Senior Director of Public Works Department Malaysia (JKR)
Branch members met with Ir Razdwan bin Kasim, Senior Director of Public Works Department Malaysia (JKR). The department expressed an interest to collaborate with IFE Malaysia Branch in promoting fire engineering in Malaysia and branch members had an informative and productive meeting with him in May 2019.
IFE International President Richard Fowler visit
Richard Fowler, IFE International President visited the Malaysia Branch in June 2019. The three-day visit included; a meeting with the branch council, practical fire risk assessments at the largest shopping mall in downtown Kuala Lumpur and a visit to the iconic Petronas Twin Towers.
FireNZ 2019 will be held in Auckland, New Zealand 4 – 6th September 2019. The conference is once again presented by the Fire Protection Association of New Zealand, the Society of Fire Protection Engineers NZ Chapter, and the Institution of Fire Engineers New Zealand Branch.
The annual FireNZ national conference has established a reputation as the premier fire industry event for keeping abreast of advancements in all aspects of fire safety in New Zealand. FireNZ provides a comprehensive national forum for fire industry professionals. It draws delegates from countries throughout the Pacific and keynote speakers from around the world.
The conference programme is designed to provide insight and learning, to extend current thoughts on the various presentation topics, and to provide robust debate around key industry issues. FireNZ delegates are industry professionals with a strong interest in the latest developments across fire protection and related products and services.
Find out more and book your place.
On 29th April 2019, IFE Malaysia Branch held its Ninth Fire Safety Forum. The day began with Hao-giang Tay FIFireE presenting a paper on: ‘The Way Forward post Grenfell Tower.’
IFE Board member Hao-giang Tay FIFireE then presented the Certificate of Appreciation to Major General Expert Rashid Thani Al Matrooshi, Director General of Dubai Civil Defence for his continuous support to the Institution and leadership in promoting fire safety.
Complying with MS 1745 Fire Detection and Alarm Systems Design Course
25th April 2019, Best Western, Petaling Jaya
IFE Malaysia Branch conducted a one-day Fire Detection and Alarm Design course on 25th April 2019 for professionals at Best Western Hotel, Petaling Jaya. The course is also supported by the Association of Consulting Engineers Malaysia. MS1745: Part 14: Fire Detection and Alarm System – Guideline for planning, design, installation, commissioning, use and maintenance is a localised national standard adapted from BS5839.
IFE South Africa Branch held its 66th AGM at Wanderers Protea Hotel in Johannesburg. It was followed by a seminar and workshop themed ‘Fire Safety – 100 years on, are we any safer?’.