South Africa branch course offering

A range of courses are available to book via the IFE South African branch. Please see details below:


Fundamentals of design and evaluation of engineered solutions

Aimed at all professionals who have the responsibility of examining and reviewing rational fire designs in accordance with the National Building Regulations.

Key course content covers the following:

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IFE Australia branch conference and exhibition

The IFE Australia branch is hosting its conference alongside the AFAC exhibition on the 27th – 30th August at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Over 3,500 visitors are expected to participate in the AFAC event and the exhibition will be the largest in the event’s history. The exhibition will showcase over 200 global emergency management equipment and solution providers with displays ranging from vehicles, pumps and engines through to PPE, communications and technology solutions, disaster relief equipment and drone technology. The exhibition will also feature practical live demonstrations and educational sessions.

For further information and to book please click here.

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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