OFR Consultants, the UK based fire engineering consultancy has announced a three-year, 10,000 Euro p.a. investment into developing future industry talent, with sponsorship of the International Master of Science in Fire Safety Engineering (IMFSE) programme. The two year full time educational master programme, which is set up in the Erasmus+ framework provides students with the opportunity to specialise in this essential area of construction.
The course, which is organised by six renowned international universities at Ghent University (Belgium), Lund University (Sweden), The University of Edinburgh (UK), University of Queensland (Australia), ETH Zürich (Switzerland) and The University of Maryland (USA) tutors students in fire safety and fire protection. It teaches the skills and knowledge to avoid fire hazards, ensure sustainability and reduce the fatal consequences of fire on the built environment.
Explaining why the business decided to invest in the course, OFR director Simon Lay said: “It is widely recognised that there is a lack of high quality, experienced fire safety professionals not just in the UK but also internationally.
“Whilst we operate a rigorous training scheme internally within the business, we recognise it is important that a steady flow of qualified engineers is continuously being introduced into the market to meet the demands of the sector.”
Since inception in March 2016, OFR has grown to an independent team of more than 50 colleagues, working on landmark projects from offices across the UK in London, Manchester, Leeds, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Oxford and Bath. It delivers tailored fire safety solutions for clients across the world including on the Google campus in London, No 1 Court Wimbledon, the Museum of London as well as international schemes like Waterfront Colombo in Sri Lanka and the High Tech Tower in Angola.
Mike Spearpoint, research lead at OFR continued: “To support the ever-growing need for highly trained fire engineering specialists, OFR’s position is to invest in training future talent and it is committed to supporting this group to guarantee that these vital design skills are being developed. The sponsorship of the IMFSE programme is the ideal platform to ensure that the brightest people are deservedly given the best opportunity at the start of their careers.”
Danny Hopkin, structural fire safety lead at OFR added: “We are proud to prioritise our financial support for the programme, which is in line with our business ethos - that high quality, technically led, tailored fire safety solutions are available from project conception throughout design and construction, on to operation and legacy.”
“Our sponsorship of the programme also allows the research and education focused members of OFR to share their technical knowledge with the IMFSE students, as well as interaction with the academic staff engaged with the teaching.”
OFR maintains its focus on the development and sharing of knowledge through activity including the understanding of fire safety in modern high-rise buildings and its ongoing interaction with major fire code and research centres around the world. It also continues to undertake in-house projects and the application of research to client projects, often through collaboration with other industry, public and academic organisations. These initiatives have positioned the business as the go-to fire engineering consultancy, not only in the region but throughout the UK and beyond.