new Call for nominations for two branch councillors

The end of the calendar year sees two councillors reach the end of their current terms on Branch Council. To that end, a total of two vacancies therefore exist on Branch Council which are required to be filled, to start their terms at the beginning of the 2017 calendar year.

Nominations for Branch Council are therefore now being sought. Any current financial member of the New Zealand Branch can be nominated by any other member, and the nomination is required to be seconded by a further financial member. To nominate somebody, fill out and sign the form which can be downloaded from The form requires the signatures of the nominee (indicating he or she consents to the nomination), the proposer and the seconder.

One of the vacant positions required includes IFE Registrants Group representation and requires the Councillor to be a Chartered Engineer (C.Eng). Expressions of interest for this position by other members holding Incorporated (I.Eng) or Engineering technician (Eng. Tech) status may also apply and may be elected where no C.Eng is available.

Download Branch Council nomination form

Nomination forms can be posted to:

The Executive Director Institution of Fire Engineers P O Box 3961 WELLINGTON

Or a scanned copy of the signed form can be emailed to

Nominations close on 14 October 2016 and any nominations received or postmarked after that date will not be eligible.


Fire Dynamics Course on Wednesday 10th and Thursday 11th August 2016

ABC, in conjunction with the IFE are running a two day Fire Dynamics Course on Wednesday 10th and Thursday 11th August 2016.  This is being held at the BECA Auditorium, 21 Pitt Street, Auckland, from 8.00am to 5.00pm each day.

This 2 day introduction course is a brief summary of various fire dynamics topics often used in performance based fire engineering, i.e. in building design and analysis, not for forensic purposes. It will present various key issues, commonly made mistakes, rules of thumb, as well as relevant references and literature for further studying and IFE examinations.

Fire dynamics is a broad subject and to fully understand the fundamentals of fire dynamics as a tool in fire engineering and building design, further study and work experience is essential and required. However this introduction is a step towards developing knowledge and an understanding of the basics of the fire dynamics and how it can be applied to building design.

Sessions topics include:

Fire Science, Fire Behaviour, Fire Enclosures, Smoke Production and Control Fire Systems, Fire design of Structures, Practical Implementation and IFE Examinations including time for questions and discussion.


Places are limited so REGISTER EARLYYou can download the Registration form by clicking HERE.


About the Speakers:

Ed Claridge

Ed is the Principal Fire Engineer for the Auckland Council overseeing the provision of Fire Engineering across the Auckland region. He has a Bachelor of Fire Science degree from the University of Leeds, holds a Master’s degree in Fire Engineering from the University of Canterbury and is a Chartered Professional Engineer.

Ed has been involved in fire engineering design and assessment for nearly 20 years in both the United Kingdom and New Zealand.  He started his career as a fire engineer and risk assessor working within the UK industrial and nuclear sectors before moving to New Zealand and becoming the Senior Fire Engineer at the NZ Fire Service.  He spent five years with Beca working on a number of major building projects including various tunnel and underground transport projects. During this time he was the Qualified Fire Engineer for the Waterview Tunnel project and provided fire engineering advice to the other tunnels on the Auckland network.

Ed is currently the Executive director of the Institution of Fire Engineers and a member of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers.


Trent Fearnley

A Fire Professional with over 20 years experience in the fire industry, ranging from operational firefighting, training and fire safety management to fire engineering design. I have just completed a year as a senior fire engineer in the NZFS fire engineering unit working on design review, fire engineering briefs and research and testing. I am currently a Station Officer in Gisborne and consult for Beca Engineering. I am also the current National President of the Institution of Fire Engineers.

Through the NZFS I have gained various qualifications including a University post graduate diploma in Building Fire Safety and Risk Engineering. Various roles that I have had within my career include Fire Risk Management, Fire Investigation, Trainer and Principal Fire Engineer for an international consultancy.

I have a vast knowledge and experience in all aspects of fire which allows me to have a different perspective to fire design/fire fighting in what one would call a 360 degree view. This enables me to have a very realistic view when designing the fire safety strategies and fire solutions in buildings to ensure that they are simple, robust, viable, and they add value for the client.


If you have any queries about this course, please do not hesitate to contact Irma Klein @ or phone 0211650223


new Fire Fighting Operations for Engineers

Hands-on, live fire workshop at NZ Fire Service National Training Centre, Rotorua.  February 10, 2016.

The Institution of Fire Engineers will be hosting a one-day live fire programme for fire engineers and people who work in fire related industries or who have an interest in the fire safety design of buildings.

This programme has been developed to give participants the opportunity to gain a better understanding of fire and smoke behaviour and fire fighting techniques by involving them in a series of real fire simulations. All participants will be able to gain first hand experience of real fires in building enclosures, including fire initiation and development, fire and smoke spread, flashover, the use of fire fighting equipment, fire fighting and search and rescue techniques, and more.

The programme will be conducted by experienced professional fire officers using various enclosures, props and scenarios and has been designed to offer participants an experience that is as close to the real thing as possible. Don’t just read about it in textbooks – feel the heat and see the smoke for yourself!

HURRY! Spaces strictly limited.
An Information flyer and nomination form can be downloaded.


Otago-Southland Presentations – Dunedin 3 November, Invercargill 4 November

Entitled “How we individually and collectively contribute to making our next disaster”, this important presentation by NZ Fire Service Commander Roy Breeze reflects on the lessons learned following the Tamahere coolstore fire in 2008, that cost the life of one fire fighter, and injured 7 others.

Roy explains the links in the chain leading to disaster and how interagency cooperation can reduce the likelihood of disaster.

For more information about this important seminar, brought to you by our Otago-Southland, go to our Special Events page.


Above and Beyond – Tall Building Seminar

The Auckland Group of IFE New Zealand Branch, in conjunction with Beca Ltd, are proud to bring you a once in a lifetime opportunity to hear international and local experts speak about fire safety implications for high-rise buildings.

Spaces are strictly limited – for more information, go to our Special Event page here.


FireNZ 2015 Conference & Exhibition

Transforming the Fire Triangle: Design, Safety and Innovation the Fire Triangle

The FireNZ 2015 Conference and Exhibition will showcase advanced cutting-edge practices in Fire Protection and Engineering used to protect people, property and the environment through design, safety and innovation.

This year’s conference is being held at the TSB Arena, 4 Queens Wharf, Wellington, October 15-16

Registration and Conference details can be found here.



NZFBI Field Day – Manapouri Hydro Power Station – August 15, 2015

DO NOT MISS this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to visit one of NZ’s engineering marvels, in one of the most remote and splendid parts of the country.

The NZ Fire Brigades’ Institute are pleased to invite you to a field day like no other, presented by Meridian Energy and sponsored by Real Journeys.

The field day will include an overview of the firefighting procedures and systems in place to preserve the power station in an emergency event, plus a visit to Deep Cove, the outlet of the power station’s two tailrace tunnels.

A small cost of $65 per person is required, to cover transport and other arrangements from Te Anau.  Spaces are strictly limited and will disappear fast!  Registrations are open until 1st August 2015 so please don’t get left behind.

For more information, download the NZFBI flyer – Here – or go to the UFBA website


IFE AGM and Election of Board of Directors

From NZ Branch President, Graeme Quensell:

“By now all members should have received notice of the IFE AGM and ballot papers. For those of you that cant make the AGM in the UK there is also a proxy form to nominate me to vote on your behalf.
It is important that you exercise your right to have a say in the management of the Institution so if you wish to vote you can send your completed ballot paper to the NZ PO Box and we will send all of them in one envelope.

This year sees a good variety of candidates that includes our friends (both having been welcomed to NZ) Andy Sharrad and Grant Lupton from the Australia Branch who have both been great IFE workhorses and ambassadors.

You will see that I am a nomination supporter of Andy Sharrad and would also have supported Grant Lupton if he had needed it. The board governs over a truly international organisation so it is important that we have as many countries represented as possible. So read the ballot information and get those votes in to the UK or to our NZ PO Box as soon as possible.”


Apply now for the 2016 IFE Study Scholarship

The opportunity is presented to all financial members of the NZ Branch of IFE, for a scholarship worth up to NZ$5,000 to undertake study in your chosen field.  There are a few provisos, but if you have wanted to study a Fire- or Fire engineering-related subject but needed financial support to do so – here is your chance.

Applications close on Monday 17 August 2015, so get in quick!

Have a look at the information about the 2016 IFE Study Scholarship here.


Brian Davey – IFE International President Elect 2016-2017

It gives me great pleasure to be able to announce that Brian Davey (NZFS RET) will be IFE International President in the year 2016-2017. Brian will be the second New Zealand Branch member to take this position following in the shoes of Graham Wrigley who was the first ever non UK based International President (1994). Another first for New Zealand.

Brian is well deserving and highly respected and is currently a member of the IFE Board of Directors and a Trustee. The New Zealand Branch Council supports Brian’s election to the highest position in the IFE and look forward to assisting him in his busy presidential year.

Well done Brian

Graeme Quensell, NZ Branch President


In Memoriam – Allan Bruce

I’m sad to inform you that Allan Bruce died on Sunday 8 March, aged 84. Allan was involved in a car accident in Queensland on 5 March, which also took the life of his wife Anne.

Allan is widely recognised as being one of the NZFS’s finest officers and leaders. He joined the Wellington Fire Brigade in 1947, served in the UK, commanded the Auckland Region from 1976 until 1982 and finished his career as Chief of the South Australia Metropolitan Fire Service between 1982 and1989. In 2009 he published a history of the NZFS, titled “Into the line of fire”.

Allan and Anne had informed their family that they did not want a public funeral or any fuss when they died. The Fire Service respects this wish, but in discussion with their family, is planning a function in Auckland in a few weeks time where we can gather to farewell Allan, share memories and celebrate his exceptional service.

Area Manager Murray Binning is liaising with Allan’s family and he will coordinate this function. We will give further information when the arrangements have been agreed. Please contact Murray (, 027 284 3787) if you have any queries in the meantime.


NZ Fire Brigades Institute Field Day – Pertronics Industries, Lower Hutt

The first Fire Brigades Institute field day for 2015 will be held at the head office of Pertronics Industries in Lower Hutt on Saturday 11 April 2015.

Click on the link below for details about the event.

Pertronoic Field Day Flyer


NZ Fire Service “TAPS” (Training And Progression) program is recognised by the IFE Examinations Board – A coming of Age

Training in the New Zealand Fire Service has come a long way since it recognised the need to provide a structured education pathway through its ranks.

TAPS provides the required steps in learning from fresh Recruit to National Commander level. It provides the tools necessary for progression through the ranks. Because of the structured nature of TAPS this has provided for a streamlined process to acknowledge prior learning and therefore gain recognition by the IFE using the Individual Case Procedure.

Station Officer TAPS (completed) provides proof of the required learning to obtain Grad. IFE.

Council member Jason Hill manages any inquiries with regard to the ICP/TAPS process. This will be great for the NZ Branch as it will see a progressive growth in membership and great for the New Zealand Fire Service as TAPS gains international recognition and provides its employees with an international qualification.

– Graeme Quensell, IFE New Zealand Branch President.

Images from FireNZ 2014, Ellerslie Convention Centre

New IFE UK Website – Global Fire Networking 

With thousands of members spanning the globe, the IFE is investing substantially in connecting international fire professionals.
Launching its new website, IFE CEO Louise Craig said: “The IFE’s world class reputation for offering professional recognition goes back almost 100 years. We are now the largest Awarding Organisation in the fire sector and this year alone we delivered over 7,200 examinations in over 130 centres worldwide.
The considerable growth in IFE activities and demand for IFE services has provided the investment we needed to modernise our technology. We are extremely proud of this exciting development and very much look forward to becoming the hub for connecting fire expertise worldwide”. 
There is no doubt that the continuing expansion of the IFE has attracted a record amount of activity and interest. The design of the new website provides interactive maps that flag the professional body’s global reach across 41 branches and plans are underway to add a further two international branches within the next 12 months. 
The new website will provide a one-stop-shop for IFE members through My IFE where they can find information about fire research, reports, consultations, universities, other fire-related organisations, receive online access to the IFE’s journal and archives, find opportunities for CPD and discover more about volunteering on technical groups and committees both within the IFE and within our external partners organisations. 
The IFE has already established technical special interest groups for Fire Modelling, Heritage, Transport, Fire Investigation and Competency and Ethics, with ideas for new groups on subjects of national and international interest to the fire community being proposed. 
A dedicated member of IFE staff will support membership forum, access to resources and actively engage with members on what they would like to see in My IFE. 
The new website will also provide access to international fire sector vacancies, with the posting of jobs being free of charge to all Affiliate Organisations and access to posted vacancies will be freely available to all IFE members. 
Online CPD tracking will be offered too, through the IFE’s collaborative working with the Engineering Council. 
Further phases of online development are planned, with the implementation of a new dynamic database enabling push-pull technology through the IFE’s website and providing members with a personalised dashboard of contacts and information.