FireNZ Annual Forum 2019

FireNZ 2019 will be held in Auckland, New Zealand 4 – 6th September 2019. The conference is once again presented by the Fire Protection Association of New Zealand, the Society of Fire Protection Engineers NZ Chapter, and the Institution of Fire Engineers New Zealand Branch.

The annual FireNZ national conference has established a reputation as the premier fire industry event for keeping abreast of advancements in all aspects of fire safety in New Zealand. FireNZ provides a comprehensive national forum for fire industry professionals. It draws delegates from countries throughout the Pacific and keynote speakers from around the world.

The conference programme is designed to provide insight and learning, to extend current thoughts on the various presentation topics, and to provide robust debate around key industry issues. FireNZ delegates are industry professionals with a strong interest in the latest developments across fire protection and related products and services.

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UK IGA Working Group meeting – 27th June 2019

On 27th June the UK IGA working group met to discuss a number of subjects. It was hosted by Nottingham Fire & Rescue Service at their Highfields station.

The purpose of this group is primarily to debate issues that are unique to the UK-based branches, but also to take into consideration any issues that may have some form of knock-on effect to all branches.

The first point of order was to seek and elect a new chair to the group. The position was taken by the Midlands IGA representative; Bill Gough who was unanimously supported.

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North East Midlands Branch CPD event – 28th June 2019

The branch held its first major large all day CPD event of the year at the National Space Centre in Leicester, UK.

The event had a formal CPD value of 6 hours, this award reflected the length of the event alongside the standard of speakers and subjects, which included;

  • Case study of triple fatal fire and subsequent investigation challenges
  • Human behaviour in fire
  • Technology update; detection protection etc.
  • Hospital fire risk assessment
  • Professional competence following Grenfell
  • Debate on recent UK Consultation documents

IFE International President Richard Fowler presented on the first subject, giving an intimate and personal perspective based on his involvement leading his services investigation.

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IFE Thames Valley Branch AGM and CPD event

IFE Thames Valley Branch is holding its AGM, following a CPD event on July 22nd at the Defense Explosive Ordnance Disposal, Munitions and Search Training Regiment, MOD Bicester.

The event will run from 0900-1300, followed by the branch AGM.

The activity aims to provide a greater awareness of the MOD DEMS Provision and operational capabilities for incidents involving explosives, munitions, and chemical devices. Participants will also receive updates and refreshers on joint working protocols and best practice when working with MOD DEMS Personnel.

There will be opportunity to review OFRS Procedures for incidents involving explosives, joint training with Defence Fire & Rescue Management Organisation personnel and practical and theoretical input on land-based and water-based ordnance incidents.

Visits and Demos 0900-1300

  • Bomb Disposal Exhibition Hall Visit
  • Explosive search Dog Demo
  • Navy lake visit – Dive set management and water-based disposal
  • Biological, Chemical, Munitions & Disposal Demonstration and joint working review

Spaces on the CPD event are limited, so please contact thamesvalleyfire@hotmail.co.uk to secure your spot!

IFE International Head Quarters welcomes new staff

On 3rd June, the IFE appointed Roy Bishop OBE QFSM FIFireE as Acting Chief Executive. IFE International Head Quarters also welcomed Steve Hamm MSc BEng(Hons) CEng FIFireE as Programme Manager. Steve will be supporting the team at International Head Quarters in the various current projects, including OMAP (more information about progress with this in your e-newsletter).

Steve will be working alongside Roy, as they ensure that the current growth of members and interest in the Institution continues unabated given there is greatly increased interest in professional competence and standards post the Grenfell tragedy. We’re delighted to have them on board.

Online Membership Application Project update (OMAP)

The design, content and functionality have now been assembled within our testing portal and test database for the Member (MIFireE) grade online application process and is currently going through an extensive testing phase. The Membership and Registration team, Finance team and the Membership Applications Assessment Panel have all been involved in the testing, as well as other key stakeholders.

Testing is taking place with a product that is now starting to look, feel and function similarly to how we anticipate the final application process to work. Testing groups have been providing feedback to ensure that it is fit for purpose and provides an enhanced application experience for potential new members submitting applications via the MyIFE portal.

Applicants who are new to the IFE will soon be able to register and apply for MIFireE online via the new and improved MyIFE portal. Changes are also coming for the membership and registration pages of our website, with updated information and guidance to assist applicants with their journey to membership.

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

Malaysia Branch News – The Ninth Fire Safety Forum UAE in Dubai

On 29th April 2019, IFE Malaysia Branch held its Ninth Fire Safety Forum. The day began with Hao-giang Tay FIFireE presenting a paper on: ‘The Way Forward post Grenfell Tower.’

IFE Board member Hao-giang Tay FIFireE then presented the Certificate of Appreciation to Major General Expert Rashid Thani Al Matrooshi, Director General of Dubai Civil Defence for his continuous support to the Institution and leadership in promoting fire safety.