Future Fire Policy – Fire Lecture

The Worshipful Company of Firefighters are hosting a lecture called ‘Future fire policy – The way forward?’ on 30th April. This three-hour lecture is aimed to help delegates understand what is necessary to develop a national fire safety policy.

Speakers include Jim Pauley, President/CEO of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), who will present the NFPA’s Fire and Life Safety Ecosystem; and Roy Wilsher, Chair of the National Fire Chiefs Council, who will discuss the UK National Fire Chiefs Council’s strategy. Richard Fowler, IFE International President, will also attend this lecture.

For further information about this lecture please click here.

IGA appeal for branch interaction

Following on from a successful set of International General Assembly (IGA) and Board meetings in February, I wanted to ask all members to consider how they interact with their branches.

Although I have outlined below how the IGA works, there will be a fuller report in the May edition of the IFP journal. For this short piece I ask that all members consider how much they value the IFE in their professional capacity because I think we need to establish what drives an individual to join the IFE?

Is it because they need to prove competence? Is it about improving professional competence? Could it be that they need to have an IFE qualification so they can get on the promotion trail? Maybe it’s the CPD events and meeting like-minded people. Or perhaps it’s just because everyone likes a badge!

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New feature added to the membership and registration directory

The IFE Member and Engineering Council Registrant Directory was established for members and registrants to demonstrate their commitment to professional standards and competence. This is a public directory which is freely accessible to all, enabling anyone to verify a member’s grade or Engineering Council registration.

New search facilities including by county/state or country have just been added, making it even easier for members of the public to search for a member or registrant.

In order to appear in the directory, IFE members and Engineering Council registrants must opt-in via the ‘My preferences’ page on the MyIFE portal.

Submit your RE19 presentation proposals

The call for papers is now open for RE19 – the 23rd annual conference on fire related research and developments. Individuals and organisations can submit presentation proposals showcasing current research studies and innovative projects as well as past initiatives that have helped to shape today’s evidence base, policies and practice.

The event, which is supported by the Institution of Fire Engineers and Nottingham Trent University, takes place on 13th November 2019 at West Midlands Fire and Rescue Services Headquarters. The conference attracts a wide audience from across the emergency services, the fire industry, research communities and other private or public sectors interested in the latest fire related issues, developments and concerns.  A broad range of backgrounds and professional approaches are welcome including technical, engineering, legal, social, psychological, economic, operational, national and international perspectives.

If you are interested in presenting at the conference, please download the application form and submit a summary of your work (complete or in progress) by 26th April 2019.

Online Membership Application Project update (OMAP)

The OMAP design has been the focus for the IFE project team over the last few weeks to incorporate an updated look and feel for the MyIFE portal, providing an easy to follow, visually pleasing and functional user experience.

The design, content and functionality elements are anticipated to come together in time for the testing phase of the project so that testing can be undertaken with a product that will appear very similar to the final application process.

In addition, the Membership and Registration team have been reviewing and revising the information and guidance provided to applicants on the IFE website and preparing the new content for the MyIFE portal applications section to provide an enhanced experience for submission of an application online.

Further OMAP updates will be issued in the e-news and the IFP journal to keep members updated on the progress of this project.

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 adminstaff@ife.org.za.