Hot Topics

Section 4 together with appendix 2 and 3 of the 2007 document Hot Topics provides an excellent resource for applicants compiling their Competence self assessment.

It provides detailed information on what a fire engineer is and the competencies required to be a Chartered Professional Fire engineer from a wide range of backgrounds.

Hot Topics was a document produced back in 2007, which was prepared by an expert taskforce of practising fire engineers, the New Zealand Fire Service, and local and central government regulators brought together by the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand (IPENZ). The Fire Engineering Advisory Taskforce also obtained feedback from practitioners and took it into consideration in this final report.

The Taskforce was concerned that there was evidence of a lack of clarity about what fire engineers do and the competencies expected of them. It supports the active implementation of international best practice in New Zealand through training and support for regulators. The Taskforce also wants to give more clarity about the fire design process, to give greater confidence that sound designs will be well implemented.