Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE) (SA) AGM and seminar: Fire behaviour ... can we manage it? 10 and 11 September 2020: Now online webinar
Fire behaviour is commonly defined as the manner in which fuel ignites, flame develops and fire spreads and exhibits other related phenomena as determined by the interaction of fuels, weather and topography. It is difficult to predict what a fire may do next because fires often behave erratically and sometimes dangerously. Research suggests that the cause of extreme behaviour is an interaction of the fire with its atmospheric environment. Understanding how fire behaves is the key to controlling it. Fire simulation systems have been developed as part of management support systems and are vital to assessing fire risk to people and property. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the need for continued social distancing The Institution of Fire Engineers (SA) had to postpone the March 2020 Conference and this is now being presented as a webinar to be held on 10 and 11 September 2020. This will take the form of presentation and discussion session. The presenters will have the ability to give, receive and discuss information in real time. The seminar and workshops will discuss these challenges faced by fire services and Bruce Varner, International IGA President and ex fire chief from the US, will present a paper addressing the latest ideas.
Dr Richard Walls from Stellenbosch University and his team are developing models to predict fire spread through areas to highlight potential risks and look at which solutions are most suitable and will present papers to this effect. Dr Walls will present a paper which gives an overview of the basis of structural fire design, such that fire engineers can learn what services structural engineers may be able to offer and how architectural freedom can be provided without breaking the project budget.
This research methodology and data analysis, common to many other professional disciplines, is largely ignored in fire education and training and for this reason the national fire statistics in South Africa are questionable. IFE SA President Mike Webber will present a paper on exploring different forms of research available to fire services and the fire protection industry.
At their worst, fires at the wildland-urban interface cause tragic loss of human lives, homes and environment. Many towns in South Africa are expanding and are incorporating areas that contain environments with which city fire department personnel are inexperienced. Expanding cities typically incorporate urban and rural areas and many fire fighters, while experienced in responding to urban emergencies, are unfamiliar with the alternate fire fighting tactics that suburban and rural environmental hazards require. Bruce Varner, International IGA President and ex fire chief from the US, will present a paper addressing the latest ideas.
Speakers Vignesh Narayanan Research Fellowship at Stellenbosch University Dr Antonio Cicione PHD Engineering, Stellenbosch University Natalia Flores Quiroz Fire Safety Engineer Dr Richard Walls PhD MSc G.D.E. BSc.Eng Pr. Eng BTh, Stellenbosch University Mike Webber MIFireE M.Soc.Sci (Psych) Cum Laude, BA Hons (Psych) Cum Laude, BA Bruce Varner Fire Chief (retired), CFIFireE, CFO, International President IFE
Cost R4 950 for members and R5 500 for non-members ECSA and IFE CPD points to be allocated
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