Are we as a fire safety industry operating competently?

In a series of four articles featured in International Fire Professional, the Journal of the Institution of Fire Engineers, Tenos Director, Mostyn Bullock and co-author, Adam Monaghan, Associate Director at Arup, discuss the need to develop the competency of fire engineering professionals to meet the challenges of today’s built environment.

These articles are a must-read for those involved in all aspects of design, constriction, commissioning and operation of the built environment.

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The development of competency in fire engineering

The environment in which fire engineers operate presents serious challenges to competent and ethical practice that cannot be ignored. In this first article, Mostyn and Adam discuss the various aspects of competent ethical practice and what needs to be addressed by the profession to achieve ‘Total Fire Engineering’.

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Code compliance or fire engineering for life safety design – have we moved on?

The built environment is constantly evolving. In terms of fire safety, this presents situations that are different to those which prevailed during code development. In this article, Mostyn and Adam ask – have we now reached a point where we have moved on from code compliance to performance-based fire engineering?

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Correction to article published on p25 of IFP No. 8 April 2014: As a result of an error by the IFP editorial panel, the titles to the diagrams on page 26 were swapped round. The reader should consider the left-hand caption as applying to the right-hand diagram and vice-versa.


Shouldering the responsibility

In the third instalment of the series, Mostyn and Adam look at the importance of understanding who is responsible and liable for fire safety design, its adequacy, delivery and fit-for-purpose in the active life of a building.

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Have you got time?

In the final article of the series, Mostyn and Adam report on the harsh realities of the fire engineering industry and provide expert opinion on what needs to be done by the profession to achieve ‘Total Fire Engineering’.

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We hope you find these articles insightful and informative. The purpose of these articles was not just to highlight an important and pressing issue for the fire engineering profession but to encourage discussion and debate. With that in mind, we welcome your comments and constructive feedback which can be emailed to

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