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.

Mandatory CPD checking for Engineering Council Registrants

Carrying out regular CPD is recommended for all IFE members; however those who are also registered with the Engineering Council (EngC) are obliged to undertake CPD as part of the registration agreement. Each year, all Professional Engineering Institutions (PEIs), including the IFE, are required by the Engineering Council to select a random sample of their EngC registrants’ CPD.

The process of the 2019 random CPD sampling will shortly begin and those selected will be contacted in early December so if you are a registered CEng, IEng or EngTech we would suggest that you ensure that your CPD record is up to date.

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IFE Ethics Committee

A man without ethics is a wild beast loosed upon this world.” – Albert Camus (1913 – 1960)

The Ethics Committee has been established by the Board of the Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE) to monitor the ethical and behavioural standards exhibited by the Institution and its members, and to take such action as may be necessary when it appears that the highest standards have not been met.

The Ethics Committee is seeking members and we want to make sure that we effectively represent the diverse nature of the IFE’s membership.

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Congratulations to Susan – Karen Burt Award 2018 winner

The IFE is delighted to announce the winner of the Karen Burt Award 2018 as the candidate nominated by the Institution: Susan Deeny CEng MIFireE of Ove Arup & Partners.

This prestigious annual award for a newly chartered woman engineer, now in its 20th year, recognises the candidate’s excellence and potential in the practice of engineering; highlights the importance of Chartered status; as well as offering recognition to contributions made by the candidate to the promotion of the engineering profession.

Susan is currently a Senior Fire Engineer at Ove Arup & Partners.

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2019 membership renewals

Your membership renewal invitation will be sent by email in November 2018. Membership fees are due on or before 1 January 2019.

Here are 3 great reasons to renew:

  • Keep your post nominals; endorsement of your professional recognition
  • Stay up-to-date; access to free or discounted CPD and training courses
  • Links to local branches and Special Interest Groups providing worldwide networking opportunities

Membership benefits will be interrupted and your details will be removed from the IFE Member and Engineering Council Registrant Directory without prompt payment. Information on ways to pay are detailed below.

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Online Membership Application Project update

Further progress has been made on the Online Membership Application Project (OMAP) since the IFE’s last update.

The team are now eagerly awaiting the proof of concept which will broadly demonstrate the system’s capabilities within the context of the IFE’s application process for MIFireE. This proof of concept will then endure a thorough testing process and review for comments before development of the refined application process.

In addition, the user journeys for the remaining membership grades are currently being mapped out to ensure the process is as accessible as possible for both prospective and existing members.

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