IFE South Africa Branch AGM, seminar and workshop held on fire engineering competency
The Institution of Fire Engineers South Africa (IFE SA) held its 67th annual general meeting (AGM) on 20 November 2019 at the Wanderers Protea Hotel in Johannesburg. The AGM was followed by a conference and workshop, which focused on fire engineering competency.
Mike Webber, president of IFE (SA), said in his address that the IFE internationally is now taking a far closer look at the matter of ethics and professionalism through its ethics committee and papers presented at the international conference held earlier this year in Brighton. “The field of fire research is, in its broadest sense, lacking in the fire protection field and vast amounts of data are being lost or not analysed. The matters of research, ethics and professionalism are core competencies in the field of fire engineering. They are not additional, optional areas of training. We must learn from experience,” said Webber.
The seminar and workshop on fire engineering competency included a webinar on Fire Protection Engineering Technical core competency, facilitated by Andrew Greig and presented by James Bassett, chair on Professional Competency and Credentialing and Ben Brooks, Professional Qualifications Committee Member of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE). The SFPE released the Recommended Minimum Technical Core Competencies for the Practice of Fire Protection Engineering in December 2018. The document was created in order to identify the minimum working knowledge and skill areas SFPE recommends a person have in order to be considered a competent fire protection/fire safety engineer.
Mildred Mtshali and Johan la Grange of the Engineering Council South Africa (ECSA) provided an update on the current work done by ECSA and highlighted the importance for the industry to identify people who are able to conduct the essential operations associated with efficient and safe fire protection systems design, installation, commissioning, maintenance and inspection. In order to fulfil its mandate, ECSA has developed the Sub Discipline-Specific Training Requirements for Candidate Fire Protection Systems Rational Designers (Fire Specialists) for regulating the engineering profession. La Grange presented the ‘Fire Specialist’ for comments and views on the developed documents.
Marcel Wood of Hollard Insurance and IFE (SA) council member discussed challenging rational designs and the effects on the short term insurance industry as well as the effect on clients. “The importance of fire engineering competence is directly linked to the quality or lack thereof of rational fire designs”, said Wood. He included a number of video clips of recent fires in his presentation including warehouse, cold storage and factory fires and one showing the different in rate of fire spread between a room with old style furnishings and a modern room.
Long service awards were handed over as well as the Top Candidate Awards for international examinations.
Ryno Breedt – Mine Safety Training Academy
Indrin Naidoo – Transnet
Nompilo Mkhize – eThekwini Municipality
Marlon Nicholas Julius - eThekwini Municipality
Deon Boshoff – City of Cape Town
Tertius Henry Andries Engelbrecht – Midvaal Local Municipality
Magashan Govender – Eyesizwe KZN Mechanical Cons Engineers
Elton Geo Heyman – SCE Consulting Engineers (Namibia)
Matt Martin Stallwood – TWCE Consulting Engineers
Marisse Anchen Whitehead – Centra OFS Fire
Marcel Peter Wood – Hollard Insurance
IFE Engineering Council Registration
John Charles Netherlands – Engineering Technician
Marcel Peter Wood – Engineering Technician
Continuous membership awards 2019
Guy Henry Didcott – Cumulative Trading Solutions
Julian Lurock Ingram – Moqhaka Fire Service
Tshimanga Didier Nsenga – JECMADI Consulting Engineers
Mervyn Hamilton van Vooren – Hollard Insurance Company
Morne Louis Germishuys – City of Johannesburg EMS
Qhawe Nkomazana – Chimera Fire Protection Consultants
Anthony Robert Hartley – Pick up and Associates
Top Candidate Awards – International exams – March 2019
Arius Fockema – Level 3 Certificate Examination
Teboho Jonas Khana – Level 3 Diploma Examination
Leadership and Management in Fire Rescue
Maria Catherina du Plessis – Level 4 Certificate Examination
Fire Engineering Science
Willem Petrus van der Merwe – Level 2 Certificate Examination
Ludwig Andre du Plessis – Level 3 Diploma Examination
The results of the IFE (SA) council member elections are:
Mike Webber (President), Webber and Associates
Andrew Grieg, treasurer and IGA representative, Protection Projects
Alex Gloster, eThekwini Fire and Emergency Services
Given Mgiba, Protection Projects
Dan Mokonyama, Waterberg District Municipality
John Netherlands, Cross Fire Management
Mark Te Water, Fire consultant
Bevan Wolff, Accusherq
Saritha Wolff, Accusherq
Marcel Wood, Hollard Insurance
Congratulations to all. We wish you great success with your endeavours!
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