Board nominations are now open

In July 2019 four IFE Board Directors reach the end of their terms of office.  Two of these vacancies will be filled by ballot of members of the International General Assembly (IGA) and one by ballot of members of the IFE Registrants Group (IFERG). The fourth vacancy will be filled by ballot amongst all voting members of the IFE.


Requirements of an IFE Board Director

Directors of the IFE are also Trustees of the charity. Their responsibilities include:

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Fire Safety – 100 years on… are we any safer?

The IFE South Africa branch will host their AGM and Professional development seminar and workshop on 4-5th April 2019 focusing on ‘Fire Safety -100 years on…. are we any safer?’. This event will focus on the recent tragedies based on historic events and the changes they bring about in our laws and practices.

The unfortunate events at Grenfell Tower in 2017 and the Bank of Lisbon fire in Johannesburg, showed that improvements need to be made in the prevention of deadly fires. This seminar and workshop will appeal to civil engineers, structural engineers, services engineers, facilities managers, procurement officers, project managers, construction managers, insurers, architects, developers and firefighters who are dealing with high rise building fire hazards and will have local and international speakers.

The event will take place at Wanderers Protea Hotel Johannesburg. For booking information please contact Jennifer or Moira on 011788-4329 or email at

South Africa branch course offering ‘Fundamentals of Design and Evaluation of Engineered Solutions Course’ – Johannesburg 25-29 March 2019

This course is 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:

  • 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

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The Winter Hill Fire – Lancashire branch event

The Lancashire branch in conjunction with the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) and Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service will host a CPD event focusing on the Winter Hill fire. Presenter Shaun Walton will detail the significant wildfire that took place in June and July 2018.

The wildfire was unprecedented in terms of scale and intensity in Lancashire and required a Fire & Rescue Service attendance for 41 days. This presentation will inform delegates of the many challenges that the incident presented and include established and innovative methods delivered by Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service to manage the incident.

This lecture is the third free CPD event of 2019.  The events are run by the IFE in conjunction with the University of Central Lancashire and Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service.  They are aimed at those working within the fire sector and those currently studying in fire and rescue related areas.

To book on to the event click here.

Free event focusing on post Grenfell: How safe are you in Bedfordshire?

The IFE East Midlands branch is holding a half day seminar on ‘Post Grenfell: How safe are you in Bedfordshire?’ in conjunction with Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service. The seminar will be targeting housing associations, private landlords and social housing providers.

Taking place on 26th March from 9:00 am – 2:00pm, the seminar will be chaired by CFO Paul Fuller with Jonathon O’Neill setting the scene providing an update and overview on the final report of the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety following the Dame Judith Hackitt review. The main focus of the seminar will be to take a critical look at pre and post Grenfell of the work that is being undertaken across the county to ensure social housing is fit for purpose.

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South Eastern branch to focus on advances in technology in fire engineering, and waste management fires

The South Eastern branch is organising a seminar on the topic of ‘Advances in technology in the fire safety engineering industry’ and separately a discussion on waste management fires.

This one-day seminar will highlight some of the new technology that is now available and being showcased around the world in our industry and will pose the question… “What should we as Fire Safety professionals be accepting in 2019 and beyond in this regard when it comes to the opportunities presented to us to save lives in fire situations.”

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Future Fire Policy – Fire Lecture

The Worshipful Company of Firefighters are hosting a three-hour evening lecture called ‘Future fire policy – The way forward?’. Richard Fowler, IFE International President, will attend the lecture which is designed to help delegates understand what is necessary to develop a national fire safety policy.

Keynote speaker Jim Pauley, President/CEO of the USA based but globally influential National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) will talk about the Fire and Life Safety Ecosystem developed by the NFPA, offering that as a future model for the UK post – Grenfell.

Roy Wilsher, Chair of the National Fire Chiefs Council will be discussing the UK National Fire Chiefs Council’s strategy. This will focus on the Fire and Rescue Service’s perspective of a Fire and Life Safety Eco System.

For more information click here or for booking please click here.