Institution of Fire Engineers Canada Branch
Overview of the Institution
Established in 1918, IFE is a non-profit organization with a rapidly growing membership of over 9,000 and a global reach that extends through 42 international branches.
Licensed by the Engineering Council, Britain's regulatory authority for registration of Chartered and Incorporated engineers and technicians, IFE upholds professional standards within all public and private fire sectors by offering assessment of knowledge, experience and development, and engages with major stakeholders to offer international conferences, identify and promote good practice, and enhance technical networks worldwide.
IFE Canada Branch, (previously known as the Ontario Branch) was inaugurated on June 1, 1994 by the International President at the then Fire Fighters' Club in Markham, Ontario. Over the years we have expanded our membership base and have gained membership in every province of Canada. Our objective; To encourage and improve the science and practice of Fire Extinction, Fire Prevention, Emergency Management, Life Safety, 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 the members of the Institution and to the community at large.
IFE BC Group
The Institution of Fire Engineers has strong roots on the west coast of Canada as well. In the early 1950's, the city of Kitimat, British Columbia hired Aubrey Creed to be its first Fire Chief. He had immigrated from South Africa and came from experience in a country with an extensive IFE professional network. He was able to promote the IFE as a means of ensuring his members were able to achieve recognized competencies for their roles.
His work would influence many fire services in the region and members with IFE designations could soon be found as Fire Chiefs in other cities and towns.
Two of these members, Mark Wakefield of Vernon, BC, and Warren Banks, of Nanaimo were instrumental in the formation of the BC Branch in the 1980s.
The organization of the Branch was able to draw in expertise from the IFE's international network of members from the Fire Service, Insurance, Building Codes and Engineering Industries. Members like Fred Lee, a specialist in large loss fire insurance adjusting, Kin Man Wong, a building codes consultant, Professional Engineer Wayne Oudijn, and Chief Fire Officer Glen Maddess have been instrumental in building a strong network in some of the most progressive fire safety towns and cities in Canada.
IFE Atlantic Group
The Institution of Fire Engineers has a growing following across Canada and has recently created an Atlantic Group to look after members in Canada's maritime provinces. Headed up by Fire Chief Todd Brophy, the group continues to gain a presence in the fire community on Canada's east coast.
Promoting the safest possible Canada through progressive and professional collaboration between Fire Engineering practitioners.
To encourage and continually improve the science and practice of Fire- Engineering, Prevention, Extinction, and all associated processes and technologies; and to foster and facilitate such progressive Fire Protection practices and concepts, to the members of the Institution through opportunities for continuous professional development and recognition, and to Canadian society at large.
The IFE is comprised of 42 Membership Branches across the globe. With 19 branches within the United Kingdom, we are proud to be one of 22 international branches of the Institution of Fire Engineers! Join us with our 9,000+ strong membership today!