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IFE-USA Education Conference 2022

Tuesday, August 23, 2022
Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center Room TBA
500 Market St
San Antonio, TX  78205
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Bruce H Varner
IFE Educational Symposium
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IFE-USA Education Conference 2022

IFE-USA Educational Program is in person CPD credit will be awarded to registrants for attendance.

2022 Institution of Fire Engineers – United States Branch Education Conference Agenda

San Antonio, Texas – August 23rd, 2022 – 1PM – 5PM Room to be announced

Time                                  Speaker                                                         Topic

1PM-2PM                         International President                Wildfires in Australia: An analysis of the events                                          Andrew Sharrod, FIFireE



2PM-3PM                         Dr. Randall Hanifen                      Overview of USA Branch activities and update                                          Ph.D., FiFireE                               on recent trip to Caribbean Branch(es)                                                                                      USA President, Asst. Chief


3PM-4PM                         Mr. Robert McGuiness,                “A Building Fire Risk Prediction Validation                                          P.Eng., PMSFPE                           Project” a risk-based approach toward                                                                                       Director, Fire Underwriters            prioritizing inspections in buildings at risk of fire fire                                               Survey


4PM-5PM                         Mr. Mark Chubb, MPP                  “Fire Does Discriminate” an exploration into                                          CFPS, FCMI, MIoD, FiFireE          the effects of fire on different communities and                                          Chairman, Board of Directors        how conditions that create and sustain poverty                                          & Trustees                                      also influence strategies to address the fire problem.                                                                    

Presenter Biography’s

Andrew Sharrad, GradCert, EngTech, CFIFireE; International President Institution of Fire Engineers. Andrew is the Senior Fire Safety Officer of the Community Safety & Resilience Department and has participated on several Standards Australia committees and the Australian Built Environment Technical Group. He is involved with assessing building proposals, alternative and performance-based solutions and deals with Development Regulations, National Construction Code, Australian Standards and other relevant building legislation.


Andrew joined the South Australian Metropolitan Fire Service (MFS) in 1986 and then the Institution of Fire Engineers in 1997 as a Graduate member. After 16 years of experience both on the IFE Australia Board and with his experience at MFS, Andrew gained Member grade in 2013 and then Fellow Grade and EngTech qualification in 2014. Andrew has been on the Australian Board since 1998 and is currently the Australian National Secretary. He has served as the President of the Australian Branch and the International General Assembly Leader and remains heavily involved with IFE.

Andrew actively promotes IFE at every opportunity he can through working groups, LinkedIn, Conferences and CPD events. Andrew is also heavily involved in membership recruitment and CPD events for the IFE Australia

Randall W. Hanifen, Ph.D., CFO, FIFireE  Dr. Hanifen is an Assistant Chief of Operations for West Chester (OH) Fire, an Associate Professor at the American Public University’s Emergency Management Program, and CEO of a national fire service consulting company. Randall serves as the Executive Director of a regional special operations team, a former Taskforce Leader for FEMA’s Ohio Task Force 1 US&R team, President of the Institution of Fire Engineers-USA Branch and is the Chair of IAFC Company Officers Section.  He serves as a member of NFPA 1021 Fire Officer Professional Qualifications standard and NFPA 1026 Incident Management committees. He serves on the Legislative Committee of Ohio Fire Chiefs Association. Randall is credentialed as a Chief Fire Officer by the Center for Public Safety Excellence and is Fellow grade membership with the Institution of Fire Engineers. He is the associate author of the textbook Disaster Planning and Control (2009). Randall has provided presentations and trainings for the Ohio Fire Chief’s Association, Fire Rescue International, Emergency Management Institute, IFE Caribbean and South America Branch, and is a contract instructor for the NFA, teaching courses in the Executive and Managing Fire Officer Programs. He has a B.S. in Fire Administration, an M.S. in Fire Service Executive Leadership and a Ph.D. in Executive Management of Homeland Security.

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Robert McGuinness P.Eng., PMSFPE Robert joined the Fire Underwriters in 2009 as a Public Fire Protection Specialist. Over the past 10 years he has been integrally involved with the FUS team in the digitization and mapping of the Canadian Fire Insurance Grading Index. He has also worked on various fire hall location optimization projects, using GIS methods, with municipalities across Canada. In 2018, Robert took on the role of Technical Director of the Fire Underwriters Survey group which subsequently led to the building fire risk prediction validation project with Vancouver Fire Rescue Service and New Westminster Fire Rescue Service. He completed his registration as a Professional Engineer with APEGBC in 2013 and was accepted by the Society of Fire Protection Engineers as a Professional Member in 2015. 

Mark Chubb BSc MPP CFPS FIFireE FCMI MIoD. Mark is chairman of the Institution of Fire Engineers board of directors and trustees and past president of the USA Branch. In a career spanning four decades, Mark has more than 25 years of experience working for public fire services, including service as a command and general staff officer. He retired from the fire service in 2015 to oversee a fire and building safety remediation program in the Bangladesh garment industry. Since 2017, he has worked as a building and fire safety consultant in private practice. He is currently a principal and technical director for a code consulting and fire protection engineering firm located in Seattle, WA. Mark is also an adjunct lecturer in the emergency management graduate program at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY. He recently joined Kindling, an international fire safety nonprofit, to conduct research on fire problems affecting the informal economy, the homeless, and developing countries.