The IFE is a registered charity working for societal benefit. Founded in 1918, the IFE assesses knowledge of fire and professional experience, awarding internationally recognised membership grades and fire-related qualifications. Through its Engineering Council licence as a Professional Engineering Institution (PEI), the IFE registers suitably qualified IFE members as Chartered Engineers (CEng), Incorporated Engineers (IEng) and Engineering Technicians (Eng Tech). Learning opportunities are worldwide within the IFE fire community and the IFE delivers over 7,300 fire-related exams each year which are required by many Fire and Rescue Services for promotion both within the UK and internationally.
The IFE works within its Memorandum, Articles and Bylaws and is governed by a Board of Directors. Board trustees work in a voluntary capacity and are appointed for a term of three years and ensure that the IFE meets its strategic objectives as listed in the IFE Strategic Plan 2015-2018. A number of professional panels, committees and technical working groups underpin the work of the IFE and the IFEs Charitable Educational Foundation supports international projects aimed at improving knowledge of fire safety for those suffering economic disadvantage.
Each IFE Branch is represented on the International General Assembly which meets twice each year to proactively share learning and to provide an important link between overseas members, the Board of Directors and IFE Head Office staff.
Located in Stratford-upon-Avon, UK the IFEs Head Office staff coordinate IFE activities and regulatory compliance.
Membership or affiliation is open to all, regardless of role or geography, and is inclusive of those working in emergency response, fire safety, active and passive fire protection, fire engineering consultancy and fire risk assessment and enforcement.