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October 9, 2023


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IFE and UKRO announce partnership to elevate professional rescue standards in the UK

In a move designed to ‘excel professional rescue services in the UK’, the Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE) and the United Kingdom Rescue Organisation (UKRO) have joined forces to develop a new professional framework.

IFE-UKRO-Rescue-Firefighter-23Centred around the development of an extrication professional framework, the two say this marks a crucial step in advancing the skills and capabilities of rescue professionals through formal recognition.

United by a common goal, both professional bodies are committed to driving the highest standards of proficiency in rescue operations, taking the partnership of being an IFE recognised training provider to a new level.

The IFE is a global membership body for those working within fire, and UKRO, the voice of standards for UK fire rescue. Both organisations plan to integrate their collective expertise and resources to create an extrication framework that tackles the evolving challenges faced by rescue professionals in today’s dynamic environment.

Qualification “transcends mere certification”

Ian Marritt, Director for Education and Development at UKRO, expressed his enthusiasm for the partnership: “In an era when changing challenges necessitate a high level of professionalism and tangible proof of firefighter competence, the introduction of the Extrication Operators and Instructor Qualification offers an efficient means for fire and rescue services to showcase firefighters’ knowledge, comprehension, and practical capabilities in addressing road traffic accidents.

“Developed meticulously in accordance with the Extrication Framework, this structure aligns with National Operational Guidance. It transcends mere certification and stands as a testament to the proficiency and know-how of our firefighters, demonstrating the commitment to maintaining rigorous professional standards within the UK fire and rescue service.

“It underscores our dedication to responding effectively and safely to emergencies, supporting the overall quality of service we provide to the public.”

Delegates undertaking recognised courses or educational programmes or using a recognised training provider, have the peace of mind that the course has met the IFE’s specific recognition criteria.

Steve Hamm, IFE CEO added: “Our partnership with UKRO illustrates a big stride toward fostering excellence in the field of rescue. By collaborating on a competency framework, this will advance the capabilities of individual responders, enable a new route into fire, but also contribute to the overall safety of the communities they serve. Our joint effort is a product of our unwavering dedication to innovation, competency, and the continual enhancement of rescue practices.”

By merging their knowledge and resources, the IFE and UKRO believe this move represents a pivotal moment in professional rescue, signalling a new age of multi-discipline and innovation.


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