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The Institution of Fire Engineers was founded in 1918 in the United Kingdom by a group of eight British chief fire officers. The mission statement they adopted at that meeting continues to guide the Institution in meeting the needs of its members and serving the interests of society:

To promote, encourage, and improve the science and practice of Fire Engineering, Fire Prevention, and Fire Extinction, and all operations and expedients connected therewith, and to give impetus 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.

The United States of America Branch continues the tradition of fire service leadership in promoting fire engineering established by the forward looking men who established the Institution decades ago and an ocean away. A similarly small group of fire service leaders met in Tulsa, Oklahoma in February 1996 to establish the branch. Today, our membership numbers more than 500 individuals from all parts of the country. 

IFE USA Branch Video

IFE - USA Branch is pleased to present a new promotional video. With thanks to all who participated and our contributors from IFE UK There were so many parts to this project and it all took the valuable assistance of many people to produce such a great result.

The IFE-USA Board of Directors viewed and approved the release of the video yesterday at our Fall meeting in Grapevine, TX. The feedback has been very positive. Members of the board has already begun pushing the video out through their own social media as well as the social media outlets of organizations in which they participate. We are grateful to our highly recommend our film maker, Chris Laforet, principal at ShutterRelease Films.

A special thanks to At Large Directors Robert Andrews and Paul Brooks for their work in developing and seeing this project through to this finished product.

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Membership Grades and Titles


The IFE draws a distinction between titles and grades of membership. Titles are awarded to persons or members who have demonstrated support for the objectives of the IFE. The grades of membership form the framework for recognition of professional development.

IFE USA Executive Board

Vice President Ricard Balmer

Richard Balmer, MIFireE



Nathan Trauernicht MIFireE 
Vice President

Thomas R. Wood, MIFireE, CFO

Thomas R. Wood, FIFireE, CFO


Randall Parr

Randall Parr, MIFireE, EFO, CFO


Mark Chubb

Mark Chubb,

General Assembly Representative

Phil Stittleburg, FIFireE, CFO

Phil Stittleburg, FIFireE, CFO

Immediate Past President

IFE USA Branch Council

Bruce Varner

Bruce H. Varner, CFIFireE

International President Board Member & Trustee
USA Board Adviser

William Peterson

William E. Peterson, CFIFireE, CEM 

Membership Chair

Paul Brooks

Paul Brooks, FIFireE, CFO

Member at Large & Business Manager


Chris Riley, MIFireE, CFO

Christopher Riley, FIFireE, CFO

Member at Large


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The IFE draws a distinction between titles and grades of membership. Titles are awarded to members with demonstrated support for IFE objectives. Grades form the framework for recognition of professional development.



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