We recently built upon the UFBA's national presence and wider profile with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with the IFE - the Institute of Fire Engineers, New Zealand Branch.
Based in the UK, the IFE is a worldwide body that provides research, training, conferences and professional qualifications for firefighters and civilians who work in fields related to fire fighting, the science of fire fighting and prevention, risk management and related technology.
Both organisations bring a rich heritage and enduring brands with the IFE established in 1918 and the UFBA in 1878.There is exciting potential to share expertise gathered from a global membership and include learnings through workshops and conference speakers. With growing environmental risks there is no greater time to build relationships with global partners as we look to share, learn and grow with support from all those within our sector.
'Much like the UFBA, the IFE is an established and trusted organisation supporting the interests of the firefighting and fire engineering spectrum' says Bill Butzbach, UFBA CEO. 'While no specific projects have yet been determined, we look forward to working with the IFE in areas of mutual interest. The IFE diplomas are very credible qualifications for our sector and we see opportunities for our members through cross crediting. There is a great deal we could learn from each other and engaging all of our members with the same knowledge and learnings can only help those in our sector to grow.'
Pictured clockwise from left: Jason Hill (IFE), Trent Fearnley (IFE), Bill Butzbach, UFBA CEO and Ed Claridge, IFE President.
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