AFSA Winter Conference 2019

At the end of November the IFE attended the Asian Fire Service Association Winter Conference in Sheffield. The event was hosted by South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, and featured two packed days focusing on the topics of Diversity and Inclusion.

The event bought together leading experts, practitioners and professionals from different sectors to provide a range of informative talks and workshops on a range of subject matters. Speakers included Roy Wilshire NFCC Chair, Professor Adam Dinham from Goldsmith University of London, Ann Millington Chief Executive Kent Fire and Rescue Service and Alison Dyson from South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue.

The conference also had a focus on celebrating achievements and recognising good practice, with the AFSA National Awards Ceremony taking place on the 28th. This was a night dedicated to recognising the fantastic work that is happening in the fire and rescue service and celebrating the efforts of individuals, teams and organisations.

You can watch the highlights from the conference here.

New Zealand Branch Update

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

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New Zealand Branch Update

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.

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IFE Malaysia Branch News

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.

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FireNZ Annual Forum 2019

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.

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Malaysia Branch News – The Ninth Fire Safety Forum UAE in Dubai

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.