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The Institution of Fire Engineers Background, Overview and Objectives John Judd QFSM BA FI Fire E Chairman, Board of Directors ASSESSING KNOWLEDGE & UNDERSTANDING.

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1 The Institution of Fire Engineers Background, Overview and Objectives John Judd QFSM BA FI Fire E Chairman, Board of Directors ASSESSING KNOWLEDGE & UNDERSTANDING

2 Introductions Andy Hickmott, Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service Tony Proctor & Andy Brookes, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service Dr Jim Marsden, Board member, The Institution of Fire Engineers Louise Craig, General Manager, The Institution of Fire Engineers

3 The Institution Formed in 1918 to improve the professional standing of fire fighters to that of other professional engineers International body with 11,000 members in in 21 countries, 32 branches -19 in UK Governance –Registered Charity, Ltd Company, 12 person board and International General Assembly Our object and vision

4 Object 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 the members of the Institution and to the community at large.

5 Vision Our vision is to establish an international platform that Is inclusive of all fire professionals Sets and maintains professional standards Provides personal value and opportunity to members Facilitates a global learning network Has technical, regulatory and social influence Is recognised as an independent voice for the profession And through all of this, work towards a society safe from fire.

6 Examinations Delivering fire service examinations since 1924 International sittings in March each year Emphasis on understanding not recall Foundation on which to build with CPD Standards not negotiable Ability to relate content to role Specialist papers

7 The projects Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue Greater Manchester initiative Operational focus, but enquires about fire safety under discussion Way forward, open for discussion Seeking views and expressions of interest Memorandum of understanding

8 Setting and Marking Timetable Final date for applications end Nov.08 Examinations 12/13 March 2009 New Markers Training 6th April 2009 Marking week w/c 26th April 2009 Results release late May 2009 Meeting of Senior Examiners to finalise papers 9 th September 2008 Final QA of papers 6 th Oct.08

9 Specialist Input & Professional Development Eur Ing Dr J Marsden BEng(Hons) CEng FIFireE MEI IFE Board member, Education ASSESSING KNOWLEDGE & UNDERSTANDING

10 Introduction The importance of knowledge and understanding Increasing uptake of IFE examinations Cross mapping to roles Specialist input

11 The Importance of Knowledge and Understanding Can Explain (Facts and data) Can interpret (Tell a story! Translate) Can apply (Use and adapt) Has perspective (See the big picture) Can empathise(Find value) Have self-knowledge (Perceives style)

12 Increasing Uptake in IFE Exams Steadily increased 2006 15% increase 2007 25% increase 3,204 bookings for exam papers in 2008 Exams delivered in 87 centres worldwide Additional papers for Greater Manchester, Merseyside and Northern Ireland [241 Intermediate papers; 194 Graduate papers]

13 Cross-Mapping to Roles Intermediate exams Crew Manager Graduate exams Watch Manager Membership exams Station Manager

14 Examiners Specialist Input

15 Examination Structure Questions encourage candidates to express themselves. All questions are set by experienced Senior Examiners & coordinated by the Chief Examiner and IFE professional team. The examination panel reviews and audits the examination process.

16 QA, Costing Models & Project Response Louise Craig BA (Hons) TQFE MSc IFE General Manager ASSESSING KNOWLEDGE & UNDERSTANDING

17 Quality Assurance: Criteria Plan of provision Corporate governance Administration Assessment instruments that are… Valid Authentic Current Reliable Sufficient [QCA, ACCAC, SQA, CCEA,]

18 Costing Models Individual Membership of IFE Student Technician Graduate Exam Fee(s) Possible Local Charge (dependant on support of branch) Affiliate Organisation…

19 Costing Models CENTRAL VARIABLE (Candidates) LOCAL (Exams & Candidates) CENTRAL FIXED (Exams)

20 Project Response Bucks FRS – highly tailored, based on local risk

21 Project Response GMFRS, NIFRS & Merseyside: 435 papers Intermediate pass rate: 83% (Int1) > International average 63% (Int2) < International average Graduate pass rate: 87% (Fire Safety); 82% (Operations) 68% (Fire Eng.Science); 57% (HRM) all Graduate papers > International average

22 Vocationally-Related Qualifications Award Certificate Diploma e.g. Edexcel Level 3 BTEC Certificate in Emergency Fire Services Operations in the Community All units are assessed individually; there is no holistic assessment of the qualification. Centres are responsible for implementing quality control procedures (internal verification). These procedures are supported by an Edexcel External Verification system of quality control and National Standards Sampling

23 Edexcel Level 3 BTEC Certificate in Emergency Fire Services Operations in the Community 1.Community Safety Awareness [task-based controlled assessment] 2.Personal & Organisational Development for Fire Fighters [task-based controlled assessment] 3.Hazards & Risks in Operational Incidents [portfolio] 4.Fire Operations [portfolio] 5.Incidents Involving Buildings & Structures [portfolio] 6.Supporting the Effectiveness of Operational Response [portfolio]

24 Defence FRS Approach 1.Own exam board following national syllabus for promotion exams with added airfield fire & rescue paper 2.3 year window – ended Feb08 3.Exams written into development programmes (Ops & Fire Safety) for Crew/Watch/Station Managers 4.Incident management exams for Watch Manager & Station Manager

25 Defence FRS This is a very deliberate move due to our serious concern over lack of assessment of the underpinning knowledge requirements within IPDS as originally introduced. Things have moved on…the Institution may provide us with an alternative to producing and managing our own examinations. Mr G P Knight Acting Assistant Chief Officer, Head of Human Resources & Development

26 Awarding Body for Fire Professionals 1.Desktop review 2.Dialogue via phone & e-mail 3.Vocational Awarding Body Pilot event 4.Formal dialogue meeting 5.Sector support 6.Submission of banking documents 7.QCA panel

27 Questions of Clarification? ASSESSING KNOWLEDGE & UNDERSTANDING

28 Future Options Delegates and Panel ASSESSING KNOWLEDGE & UNDERSTANDING

29 Expressions of Interest Delegates and Panel ASSESSING KNOWLEDGE & UNDERSTANDING

30 Next Steps and Timetable ASSESSING KNOWLEDGE & UNDERSTANDING

31 Tea and Close Thank you ASSESSING KNOWLEDGE & UNDERSTANDING


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