The International Master of Science in Fire Safety Engineering (IMFSE) is formally included to the Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees (EMJMD) Catalogue

The International Master of Science in Fire Safety Engineering (IMFSE) Management Board is proud to announce that the IMFSE program has been labeled ‘a very interesting and valuable Erasmus Mundus Master course’ after official Quality Review assessment by the European Commission.

As a result, the IMFSE program has been formally included to the Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees (EMJMD) Catalogue of EACEA (Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency). The IMFSE program scores particularly well in terms of ‘relevance’ and ‘attractiveness’. The major challenge is the attraction of external funding from public/private partners.

Interested parties are encouraged to contact the IMFSE program directors for more details: Prof. Bart Merci (Bart.Merci@UGent.be) Prof. Albert Simeoni (A.Simeoni@ed.ac.uk) and Prof. Patrick van Hees (patrick.van_hees@brand.lth.se).

More information can be found at www.imfse.ugent.be.


Dan Madrzykowski and Steve Kerber Receive IAFC President’s Award

Today at the International Association of Fire Chiefs’ Fire Rescue International, SFPE President-Elect Dan Madrzykowski from NIST and SFPE Director Steve Kerber from UL received the IAFC Presidents Award from President Metcalfe for their fire research on structure fires, firefighting tactics and their dedication to making the fire service safer.

More information can be found at http://modernfirebehavior.com/2014/08/14/dan-madrzykowski-and-steve-kerber-receive-iafc-presidents-award/.


You Can Now Follow the NIST Fire Fighting Technology Group on Twitter

The NIST Fire Fighting Technology Group can now be found on Twitter by following @NIST_FIRE or by going to https://twitter.com/NIST_Fire. The Group is using Twitter to share information on current research and activities.

The NIST Fire Fighting Technology Group enables advances in fire fighter safety, fire ground operations, and effectiveness of the fire service; develops and applies technology, measurements and standards, and improves the understanding of the behavior, prevention and control of fires to enhance fire fighting operations and equipment, fire suppression, fire investigations, and disaster response.

More information about the Group can also be found on its website at http://www.nist.gov/fire/technology.cfm.

This website has been developed specifically for fire service users to aid them in getting the information that they can use and in a format that can be shared. Since April of 2000, NIST has distributed hundreds of thousands of videotapes, CDs and DVDs as a means to transfer technology to the fire service, addressing fire phenomena, such as flashover, computer simulations of firefighter line of duty deaths, and new tactics to address the use of PPV in high rises and the use of flow path control techniques and exterior suppression for wind driven fire conditions.



SFPE Announces 2014 Fellows

Bethesda, MD – July 1, 2014 – SFPE has recognized seven of its members as Fellows for 2014. SFPE Fellows represent a distinguished group of members who have achieved a standard of excellence in the profession. Election to fellowship not only recognizes the achievements of fire protection engineers as individuals, but also their significant contribution to fire protection engineering and society globally.

The 2014 Honors Committee from SFPE elevated seven members to its prestigious level of Fellow. Out of a total SFPE membership of almost 4,000 there are only 263 fellows.

Robert P. Benedetti, FSFPE
Chapter: New England
Douglas J. Carpenter, FSFPE
Combustion Science & Engineering, Inc.
Chapter: None
April L. Hammond-Berkol, FSFPE
Zurich North America
Chapter: New York Metro
Tom Christman, FSFPE
Self Employed
Chapter: Tennessee Valley
John A. Frank, FSFPE
XL Gaps
Chapter: Greater Atlanta
 J. Gordon Routley, FSFPE
Montreal Fire Department
Chapter: Arizona
David T. Sheppard, FSFPE
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
Chapter: None



























“Fellow is the highest membership grade within SFPE,” said SFPE President Carl Baldassarra. “We honor their leadership and contributions to the profession and we are proud that they represent us in engineering a fire safe world.”

SFPE will formally recognize the 2014 Fellows at its Fellow’s Gala Dinner on October 14, 2014, at the SFPE 2014 Conference and Expo in Long Beach, California.

About SFPE
Organized in 1950, the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE) is the professional organization that represents engineers that engineer a fire safe world. Through its membership of over 4,000 professionals and 76 chapters worldwide, SFPE advances the science and practice of fire protection engineering while maintaining a high ethical standard. SFPE and its members serve to make the world a safer place by reducing the burden of unwanted fire through the application of science and technology. More information about SFPE can be found at www.sfpe.org.


Cal Poly FPE Class of 2014

The Fire Protection Engineering program at Cal Poly is pleased to announce that 17 student (including the 12 pictured here with Professor Christopher Pascual) have successfully completed their MS degree studies and graduated on June 15, 2014. Along with the 2 students who completed their studies in March, this brings the total number of graduates of the FPE program at Cal Poly to 38 over the past three years. The FPE graduate program at Cal Poly was started in 2010 and includes a Master of Science degree program as well as two graduate certificate programs, one in Fire Protection Engineering Science and the other in Fire Protection Engineering Applications. Qualified students can participate in FPE programs either on-campus or on-line. For more information, please visit fpe.calpoly.edu.


Corporate 100 Partner Program Welcomes NEMA as a New Benefactor

SFPE would like to thank NEMA for becoming a Corporate 100 Partner Program Benefactor.

NEMA is the association of electrical equipment and medical imaging manufacturers, founded in 1926 and headquartered in Rosslyn, Virginia. Its 400-plus member companies manufacture a diverse set of products including power transmission and distribution equipment, smoke and CO equipment, lighting systems, factory automation and control systems, and medical diagnostic imaging systems. Total U.S. shipments for electroindustry products exceeds $100 billion annually.

The SFPE Corporate 100 Partner Program was founded in 1976 to provide a vehicle for business organizations to support the mission of SFPE. With the financial support of the Corporate 100 Partner Program and the dedication of both volunteers and staff, SFPE has made groundbreaking strides to define and improve the practice of Fire Protection Engineering.



SFPE Busy at NFPA Annual Meeting

SFPE President Carl Baldassarra at Head Table at AFAA Breakfast

SFPE President Carl Baldassarra at Head Table at AFAA Breakfast

This week SFPE was busy promoting the profession at the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Annual Conference and Expo that was held at the Mandalay Bay Conference Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

SFPE Fire Service Committee Member Chad Lannon Discusses Hazard Assessment Methods for Firefighter Training Facilities

SFPE Fire Service Committee Member Chad Lannon Discusses Hazard Assessment Methods for Firefighter Training Facilities

Over this week SFPE staffed an exhibit booth and sponsored the fire protection engineering track. The fire protection engineering track presentations were very popular and included interesting presentations topics related to fire flow calculation methodologies, data center fire protection, sprinkler protection for storage occupancies and hazard assessment for firefighter training facilities.

SFPE also participated in industry events such as AFAA breakfast.



The BCSP Requests an SFPE Nominee to Its Board of Directors

The Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) is seeking an SFPE nomination of a Certified Safety Professional who wishes to be considered for a position as a member of the BCSP Board of Directors.  The position will be filled from a pool of candidates nominated by BCSP sponsoring organizations and other CSPs interested in volunteering their service to BCSP.

In the election process, a primary goal for BCSP is to ensure that a wide diversity of professionals in safety, health and environmental (SH&E) practices participate in the governance of BCSP, providing representation reflecting the geography, industries, areas of specialization, and other characteristics of the profession. Holding additional certifications is also a plus. Candidates must hold the CSP and be in good standing. Other qualifications include being free of potential conflicts of interest, ability to comply with the BCSP Fiduciary Policy, knowledge of the BCSP Bylaws, demonstrated leadership capabilities, and breadth of experience in SH&E practice. BCSP Directors cannot participate in developing or conducting training courses specifically intended to prepare people for any BCSP examinations.

Directors typically devote an average of 2 to 4 hours per week to BCSP matters and attend semi-annual meetings to complete official BCSP business. BCSP Directors volunteer their time and are not compensated or receive honorariums for their time or service. BCSP does reimburse Directors for direct expenses related to travel for semi-annual meetings and other expenses approved by the Board.

Please email Nicole Testa Boston at ntboston@sfpe.org your resume and cover letter by June 15, 2014. The SFPE Board of Directors will review the candidates and submit an SFPE nominee to the pool of candidates by July 1, 2014. The election will occur prior to the November 2014 BCSP Board meeting.


The Draft Standard on Calculation Methods to Predict the Thermal Performance of Structural and Fire Resistive Assemblies is available for review and comment

The Draft Standard on Calculation Methods to Predict the Thermal Performance of Structural and Fire Resistive Assemblies is available for review and comment.  It is envisioned that the methodologies contemplated by this standard would be appropriate for non-standard fire exposures. This standard would form part of a suite of documents (not all of which will be developed by SFPE) on performance-based design of structural fire resistance.

The scope and purpose of the standard is as follows:

Scope: This standard provides requirements for the development and use of methods to predict the thermal response of structures using listed fire resistive assemblies to time dependent thermal boundary conditions imposed by fires.

Purpose: The purpose of this standard is to provide requirements for calculation methods that provide time dependent temperature field information resulting from fire exposures required for engineered structural fire design and for the assessment of fire barriers.

The draft standard is presently available for public review and comment.  See http://www.sfpe.org/CommitteesTaskGroups/CommitteesTaskGroups/TechnicalSteering/ThermalResponseofStructurestoFire.aspx to download a copy of the draft standard and the comment form.

Comments are due on July 7, 2014.  If you have any questions, contact Morgan Hurley at mhurley@sfpe.org or directly at (301) 915-9722.


SFPE Northern California/Nevada Chapter Awards 4 Scholarships

Pictured from left to right: Chapter President Scott Laramee, Jonathan Schram, Connor McGill, snd SFPE Scholarship Committee Chair Gene Childs. Not Shown: Jason Beres and Micheal Beam.

Pictured from left to right: Chapter President Scott Laramee, Jonathan Schram, Connor McGill, snd SFPE Scholarship Committee Chair Gene Childs. Not Shown: Jason Beres and Micheal Beam.

The SFPE Northern California/Nevada (SFPE/NorCal) Chapter is proud to announce that four full Scholarships were awarded this year at the Annual April joint SFPE/NorCal FPO Meeting. Each recipient receives $1500.

For application forms for next year’s awards, please visit the NorCal website: http://www.ncnsfpe.org/.

Applicants must live in our Northern California/Northern Nevada service area, intend to remain here, and study Fire Protection Engineering on at least the undergraduate college level. Applicants may also join the chapter – several membership levels are available.

This year, all four winners participate in the Cal Poly Fire Protection Engineering Program.