Meeting with the Women in the Fire Service

Back in January, Programme Manager Steve Hamm and Membership Consultant Ralph Corbett had a great initial meeting with Julie King, Chair of Women in the Fire Service UK and committee member Jenny Hill. Women in the Fire Service UK is a not-for-profit, volunteer-led organisation, established in 1993. Their vision is: “to work with Fire and Rescue Services in developing a culture of equality of opportunity and to support all women in achieving their full potential within it.”

There were exciting and constructive talks about how the IFE and Women in the Fire Service could support each other in the future. We look forward to sharing this with you all in future editions of the e-newsletter. You can find more information about the Women in the Fire Service UK here.

Ralph Corbett, Jenny Hill, Julie King and Steve Hamm

John Kluth IFERGMC Retirement

John Kluth CEng MIFireE retired from CEng and IEng reviewing, interviewing and Committee membership at the recent IFE Registrants’ Group Membership Committee meeting. John was one of the longest serving members on the Committee and his wealth of experience, patience and professionalism as well as his unwavering support and commitment to the EngC registration process means that he will be greatly missed by Committee and IFE employees alike.

John was presented with an engraved IFE paperweight on his retirement as a thank you for all his years of dedicated volunteering.

Peter Camp CEng MIFireE IFERGMC Chair, presents John Kluth CEng MIFireE with his retirement present from the IFE.

We wish John a long and happy retirement, with a full and exciting travel itinerary.

IFE Membership and Registration March Update

As ever the team have been busy and are pleased that the Board and International General Assembly (IGA) have approved the IFE’s new strategic plan and Programme for Change.

This heralds a new era for the IFE as we commence work on many new projects and initiatives to take us forward into a period of growth and stability.

Team members were pleased to have the opportunity to meet Board and IGA members as part of the recent IGA meetings which took place on 10th February in Stratford-upon-Avon, as well as spend more time with the Board Chair Grant Lupton AFSM BGS CFIFireE CPMgr FAIM and International President Bruce Varner CFIFireE who had both flown over for meetings throughout the week.

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IFE Year in Review: 2019

As 2019 comes to an end, we thought we would reflect and look back on what an exciting and busy year the Institution of Fire Engineers has had!


We kicked 2019 off with a record-breaking Membership Application Assessment Panel meeting. Between November 2018 and January 2019, we received more than 200 membership applications, what a great way to start the year!



In February, the IFE Board of trustees and International General Assembly visited Stratford-upon-Avon (home of IFE HQ) for their first meeting of the year.

IFE Board and IGA in Stratford-upon-Avon



The first-round of 2019 examinations took place in March. Candidates all around the world took exams in Fire Science, Operations and Safety, Passive Fire Protection and Fire Safety and Management.

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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.

North East Midlands Branch CPD Event with Derbyshire Fire and Rescue

In November the North East Midlands Branch hosted a CPD event with Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service. The event was a great success and sold out weeks in advance!

The diverse agenda attracted a broad audience. The event was a great opportunity for local fire services to give their fire safety personnel exposure to subjects that they wouldn’t normally have access to. As a result, the fire services made up half of the audience. The other half of the attendees included; fire engineers, fire risk assessors, smoke control contractors and many more.

The day was opened by Derbyshire’s Chief Fire Officer, Gavin Tomlinson. Mr Tomlinson, a longstanding member of the IFE, spoke of his pleasure that Derbyshire FRS were able to host a CPD day on behalf of the IFE North East Midlands Branch and stressed the importance of continued professional development. This was followed by the first speaker of the day, Watch Manager Dave Coss. Mr Coss, a fire investigation specialist at Derbyshire FRS, presented a summary of a fatal fire he attended back in 2015. The session was particularly thought-provoking and bought to attention key aspects in building design.

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