IFE strengthens contribution to service: speaking at this year's AGM at Old Trafford, Manchester, in-coming President John Judd expressed the Institution of Fire Engineers' firm commitment to strengthen its contribution to fire services during a time of critical change, while investing in membership and branch development and shifting the focus outwards.(annual general meeting)

This year's IFE Conference and AGM was held at Old Trafford, Manchester on July 17-18, on the theme, Fire Professionals--Engineering Change, addressing the risk based approach and compliance to fire safety law and integrated risk manage meat. To reflect civil contingencies concerns the conference also addressed the development in firefighting to meet new threats. A published document will be released incorporating the institution's vision, that it: is inclusive of all fire professionals; sets and maintains professional standards; provides personal value and opportunity to members; facilitates a global learning network; has technical, regulatory and social influence; and, is recognised as an independent voice for the profession.


Opening the conference, President John Judd stated that he was taking over at a critical time (speaking two weeks after the publication of the white Paper). "The report introduces some long overdue and widely accepted reforms, but also some more controversial changes. The institution will take an impartial professional view of the report," he stated, but suggested: "It is clear to me that the IFE has much we can offer to the development or the Fire Service.

"For example: around the world our members are thinking about and working on new approaches to safeguard communities from the threats that face us following the recent terrorist outrages. …

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