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Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE)

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Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE)

The Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE) - established 1918.

Sector: Fire Engineering and Fire and Rescue Services

About: IFE upholds professional standards within all public and private sectors by offering assessment of knowledge, experience and development, and engages with major stakeholders to offer international conferences, identify and promote good practices and enhance technical networks worldwide. It is also an Ofqual recognised awarding organisation.

Mission: To encourage and improve the science and practice of fire extinction, fire prevention and fire engineering and all operations and expedients connected therewith, and to give an impulse to ideas likely to be useful in connection with or in relation to such science and practice to IFE members and to the community at large.

Members are involved in a number of areas such as: fire dynamics including ignition, chemistry and toxicology; consultations with government in the drafting and implementation of fire safety legislation and regulations; structural fire protection of buildings; fire insurance and arson investigation; behaviour pattern of persons faced with emergencies; fire detection and alarm systems; fire appliances; and automatic fire fighting systems.

Specialist Interest Groups: Fire modelling; heritage buildings; transport; fire investigation and research.

Grades of membership: Affiliate; Student; Technician (TIFireE); Graduate (GIFireE); Associate (AIFireE); Member (MIFireE); Fellow (FIFireE).

Licensed by Engineering Council to award: Engineering Technician (EngTech); Incorporated Engineer (IEng) and Chartered Engineer (CEng).

Structure: 19 branches in UK; 22 international branches.

Number of members:

For information on grades of membership, please see and or email you CV to for tailored advice on how to join.

The IFE is keen to encourage students and new graduates to join. New graduates with the appropriate degree are able to join at Associate level and on confirmation will be entitled to use the designation AIFireE.

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