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2020/03/19 to 2020/03/20

When: 19-20 March 2020
Where: Protea Hotel by Marriott Cape Town Tyger Valley
Uys Krige Drive
Cape Town, Western Cape  7041
South Africa
Mr Bruce Varner
Jennifer Maritz

Phone: 083 445 9722


Fire Behaviour ... can we manage it?

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Institution of Fire Engineers (SA)

Fire behaviour is commonly defined as the manner in which fuel ignites, flame develops, and fire spreads and exhibits other related phenomena as determined by the interaction of fuels, weather, and topography. It is difficult to predict what a fire may do next, because fires often behave erratically and sometimes dangerously. Research suggests that the cause of extreme behaviour is an interaction of the fire with its atmospheric environment. Understanding how fire behaves is the key to controlling it. Fire simulation systems have been developed as part of management support systems and are vital to assessing fire risk to people and property.   

Dr Richard Walls from Stellenbosch University and his team are developing models to predict fire spread through areas to highlight potential risks and look at which solutions are most suitable and will present papers to this effect. Dr Walls presents a paper which gives an overview of the basis of structural fire design, such that fire engineers can learn what services structural engineers may be able to offer, and how architectural freedom can be provided without breaking the project budget.

This research methodology and data analysis, common to many other professional disciplines, is largely ignored in fire education and training and for this reason the national fire statistics in South Africa are questionable. IFE SA President Mike Webber presents a paper on exploring different forms of research available to fire services and the fire protection industry.

At their worst, fires at the wildland–urban interface cause tragic loss of human lives, homes and environment. Many towns in South Africa are expanding and are incorporating areas that contain environments with which city fire department personnel are inexperienced. Expanding cities typically incorporate urban and rural areas, and many firefighters, while experienced in responding to urban emergencies, are unfamiliar with the alternate firefighting tactics that suburban and rural environmental hazards require. Bruce Varner, International IGA President and ex fire chief from the US will present a paper addressing the latest ideas.


R4,950 for members  |  R5,500 for non members

2 ECSA & IFE 8.5 CPD Points

Local and International Speakers: 
Vignesh Narayanan MSc (Fire), BEng (Mechanical) | Stellenbosch University Dr Antonio Cicione PhD BEng | Stellenbosch University Natalia Flores Quiroz MSc (Fire), BSc Eng (Electrical) Fire Safety Engineer Dr Richard Walls PhD MSc G.D.E. BSc Eng Pr. Eng BTh |  Stellenbosch University Mike Webber MIFireE M.Soc.Sci (Psych) Cum Laude, BA Hons (Psych) Cum Laude, BABruce Varner Fire Chief (retired), CFIFireE, CFO | International President IFE.


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