SFPE Seeks an Engineering Manager

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SFPE, the global leader in advancing the science and practice of fire protection and safety engineering, seeks a full-time Engineering Manager to join our eight person staff in our Maryland office. The successful candidate will have strong interpersonal and communication skills and be comfortable interacting with our 4,200 members and friends around the world. Potential growth within this association exists for the right candidate. The position reports to the Senior Manager for Engineering Practice. Note our offices are currently in Bethesda, but will be moving to Gaithersburg, MD in mid-March.

Specific Responsibilities Include:

  • Assist technical committees in the development of SFPE guides and standards.
  • Serve as secretariat for assigned SFPE engineering documents.
  • Assist the SFPE Licensure Committee with the development of the Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) Exam in Fire Protection. Write, review and pre-test PE exam problems.
  • Serve on the Editorial Board for Fire Protection Engineering magazine. Assist the Technical Editor with review of technical content for Fire Protection Engineering magazine, SFPE Europe digital magazine and the SFPE Emerging Trends e-newsletter.
  • Manage the development and review of technical content for SFPE educational programs and webinars.
  • Make presentations at conferences and write articles for publications in topics related to science and the practice of fire safety engineering.
  • Evaluate proposals and presentations for SFPE educational events.
  • Serve as staff liaison to assigned SFPE committees.
  • Assist with developing materials that promote career opportunities in fire protection engineering.
  • Assist the Senior Manager for Engineering Practice and the SFPE Technical Steering Committee in developing and implementing SFPEs technical strategy.
  • Assist the appropriate committees in the development of SFPE position statements.

Position Requirements:

  • A licensed engineer who has passed the NCEES Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) Exam in Fire Protection.
  • B.S. or M.S. degree in fire protection engineering or fire safety engineering.
  • A minimum four years of experience practicing fire protection engineering.
  • Excellent organizational and prioritization skills; able to handle multiple tasks, projects and priorities effectively and professionally.
  • Ability to work well in a small, high-energy organization; a team player willing to take on new challenges with demonstrated ability to partner with staff and member volunteers.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, including excellent telephone manner.
  • Proficiency in MS Office Suite and Computer-Based Fire and Human Behavior Models.
  • Travel is required.

Cover letter with salary requirements must accompany resume and be sent to Chris Jelenewicz at chris@sfpe.org


SFPE European Chapters Coordinating Group (ECCG) Elects President for 2015

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SFPE ECCG 2015 President Jimmy Jönsson

The SFPE European Chapters Coordinating Group (ECCG) re-elected Jimmy Jönsson its President for 2015. Starting his second one-year term as ECCG President, Jönsson is a member with the SFPE Spanish Chapter and a Director with the Madrid, Spain-based JVVA Fire & Risk an independent engineering consultancy specifically focused on fire and risk services

This year Jönsson will lead the ECCG in organizing the inaugural SFPE Europe Conference on Fire Safety Engineering the Copenhagen, Denmark that will be held from 4-5 June 2015. He is also leading the ECCG in promoting the profession of fire safety engineering throughout Europe that includes the upcoming publication of the 1st issue of SFPE Europe digital magazine.

The European Chapters Coordination Group (ECCG) meets regularly to exchange reports on activities within each country in Europe, to share information about fire protection engineering, and to seek ways to advance common objectives. In doing so it has been observed that the European chapters share many cultural, regulatory, professional practice and educational attributes, needs and opportunities, and that the chapters, therefore, will strengthen and realize greater benefit through the continued sharing of experiences and practices of fire protection engineering and efforts towards common objectives within the European Union through regular meetings and exchange.


Registration Is Now Open for the 1st SFPE Europe Conference on Fire Safety Engineering



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SFPE’s conferences have established a reputation globally as the premier events  for keeping abreast of advancements in fire safety engineering. SFPE is pleased  to announce that we will be holding our inaugural Europe Conference on Fire Safety Engineering with the SFPE European Chapters Coordination Group (ECCG) as well as the Program and Organizing Committee, comprised of members from the SFPE Sweden Chapter.

We invite you to Copenhagen, Denmark, 4-5 June 2015 where we will focus on fire safety engineering in the region. Also, prior to the conference, on 2-3 June 2015, SFPE will be offering a technical seminar on Evacuation for Fire Safety Engineering, where you can earn valuable Professional Development Hours (PDHs), instructed by Daniel Nilsson, Ph.D., FSE, Department of Fire Safety Engineering and Systems Safety, Lund University and Rita F. Fahy, Ph.D., MSc, Fire Analysis and Research Division, NFPA.

The aim of the seminar is to introduce human behavior theories that are relevant for Fire Safety Engineering (FSE). After completion of the seminar, the participants will also have a basic understanding of pedestrian dynamics, and understand different egress modelling approaches (network, grid and continuous models) and their limitations. The seminar includes a wide variety of topics, such as human behavior theories, emergency exit design, evacuation elevators, toxicology, pedestrian dynamics, egress modelling and selection of evacuation scenarios. Most of the material will be covered in lectures, but there will also be one workshop about the concept of ‘panic’ and exercises related to the design of emergency exits and basic egress calculations.

Fire safety engineering is growing in many European countries and to be able to advance the discipline it is necessary to understand the role of the fire safety engineer and the different techniques and methods used within the discipline.

This conference will bring together practitioners, researchers and educators who are engaged in fire safety engineering. It will cover different subjects related to fire safety engineering, but with a special focus on the role of the fire safety engineer and on the professional practice.

Join leaders in the profession for this unique two-day educational experience that is designed to keep you a step ahead. REGISTER NOW to receive early bird, discounted rates. These special rates end 10 April 2015!


SFPE Innovations Series Member Only Webinar: Intelligibility Requirements of NFPA 72

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Intelligibility Requirements of NFPA 72 – Dispelling the Myths

Presented by: Ray Grill, PE, FSFPE, LEED AP, Principal, Arup

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Space is limited, reserve your webinar seat now.

 SFPE members earn 1 PDH credit.

The National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code technical committees have been debating requirements for designing and verifying the intelligibility of voice alarm systems for at least the last 10 years. There hasn’t been a disagreement on the need for occupants to understand messages from voice alarm systems, but there has been significant differences in opinion on how to develop code language that can be implemented across a broad range of building types and that can be reasonably and consistently enforced.

To meet the goal of developing good code language, there has been significant task group activity that included all of the various stakeholders from the technical committee membership and outside interested parties. The Fire Protection Research Foundation also supported the effort through a focused research project to evaluate intelligibility of existing systems in various occupancies. The work of the task group and Foundation resulted in the development of revisions to NFPA 72 that were acceptable to the broad range of users and also provided significant guidance in the way of a new Annex information to assist designers and authorities having jurisdiction with the application of the requirements. The requirements in NFPA 72 will facilitate the design of intelligible voice alarm systems and provide clear guidance for testing and acceptance of these systems.

This presentation will review the requirements of the 2010 Edition of NFPA 72 relative to intelligibility which was the first edition of the inclusion of the revised criteria and discuss issues and challenges with designing for intelligibility.


Invitation to 1st SFPE Europe Conference on Fire Safety Engineering

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On behalf of SFPE, the SFPE European Chapter Coordination Group (ECCG) and the local Planning and Organizing Committee comprised of members from the SFPE Swedish Chapter, we are delighted to invite you to Copenhagen, Denmark for the inaugural SFPE Europe Conference on Fire Safety Engineering that will be held from 4-5 June 2015.

This conference will bring together practitioners, researchers and educators who are engaged in fire safety engineering. It will cover different subjects related to fire safety engineering, but with a special focus on the role of the fire safety engineer and on the professional practice.

Fire safety engineering as a discipline is gaining recognition and serves a vital role in many projects within the construction industry. The purpose of the conference is to further advance the discipline and to do that, it is necessary to understand the role of the fire safety engineer and the different techniques and methods used within the discipline.

Copenhagen is a modern, multicultural metropolis, famed for blending business and pleasure. We hope that you will take up the many opportunities for you to enjoy Copenhagen and all that it has to offer.

Conference registration will open next week!

We look forward to seeing you soon at the inaugural SFPE Europe Conference on Fire Safety Engineering.

Yours Sincerely,
Jimmy Jönsson
2014 President, ECCG
2015 Chair, SFPE Europe Conference on Fire Safety Engineering



SFPE Member Only Webinar: SFPE’s 2015-2017 Strategic Plan – Presented by Milosh Puchovsky

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SFPE’s Strategic Plan (2015–2017)

Reserve your webinar seat now and earn 1 PDH credit.

11am          5pm

During their December meeting, the Board of Directors approved SFPE’s new 2015-2017 strategic plan, which focuses on six specific goals. Highlights of the plan were presented to the membership on October 12th in Long Beach, CA during SFPE’s Conference and Expo. During this webinar, Milosh Puchovsky will present the finalized plan and provide another opportunity for SFPE members to hear first hand the details of the plan, and the direction forward for the Society.

Presented by:


Milosh Puchovsky, PE, FSFPE,
Professor of Practice,
Worcester Polytechnic Institute



SFPE Seeks Presenters for the 1st Europe Conference: Proposal Deadline — 13 February 2015

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SFPE is now accepting presentation abstracts for its two-day European Conference held in Copenhagen, 4-5 June 2015. The conference will showcase advanced and cutting-edge practices in fire protection engineering that are used to protect people, property and the environment from fire.

We invite you to share your knowledge with your peers on the advances in fire protection engineering as a presenter. Presentations must be noncommercial in nature with no specific brand names mentioned. The 2015 Conference Program Committee will review all abstracts and make final speaker selections based on level of innovation, quality, relevance, focus, practical application, and timeliness. More information can be found in the attached document.

Deadline for abstract submission is 13 February 2015. Complete the abstract guidelines form here. Completed form should be sent to Melissa Franco and include “2015 SFPE Europe Conference” in the subject line of the email.

If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact Melissa Franco, Marketing & Meetings Manager, at mfranco@sfpe.org or 301-915-9724.


Call for Student Posters for NFPA Research Section networking event – June 21, 2015, 6-8 PM, Chicago

Do you have a student, or know of a student, who is doing some really exciting research in some aspect of fire and life safety, and would like to present results or work in progress?  If so, have we got an opportunity for you!

At this year’s NFPA Conference & Expo in Chicago, IL, the Research Section of NFPA will host a student research poster session at a reception for our members. Our aim is to provide a relaxed but serious venue for interaction between the fire safety and research community and young researchers to discuss current or recently completed research across a diversity of fire science, engineering and human factors topics.  The poster session and reception will be held from 6-8 pm on Monday, June 21st, in conjunction with the NFPA conference.

The deadline for abstract submittal is March 16, 2015.

The following is the abstract information:

1. Invited Content: The NFPA Research Section Executive Board invites current students to submit an abstract of their research work, completed or in progress, for review by a panel comprised of members from the NFPA Research Section. Students submitting accepted abstracts will be invited to provide a poster presentation of their research at the networking reception on the evening of June 21st.

The abstract should address a topic in the area of fire and life safety related research, testing, analysis, applications or science. Preference will be given to work being supervised, reviewed or guided by a university/college faculty member or other well-qualified professional/organization, for credit toward a degree.

2. Abstract Submittal Requirements: The submitted abstract should be informative, and must contain the following:

  • A short, specific title
  • Names of author(s), faculty advisor/supervisor, university, and any project sponsors
  • Degree being sought
  • Contact information for both the main student author and the research advisor/supervisor
  • A one-sentence statement describing the student’s work hypothesis or proposition
  • A brief synopsis of the content, summary of the results obtained and a general statement of conclusion, if possible
  • A minimum of ½ page, to maximum of one full page in length, single-spaced, using 10-point type size. The abstract should be approximately 500 to 700 words in length.

3. Non-commercial Content: The NFPA Research Section wishes to provide a unique opportunity for open dialogue and creative exchange between the students and conference attendees. The abstract and poster presentations therefore cannot promote the commercial services or commercial products of sponsors of the research. Acknowledgements of sponsor support, however, are permissible.

4. Submission & Response Deadlines:

  • Students will submit abstract via email to rfahy@nfpa.org  by March 16, 2015.
  • Notice of acceptance /non-acceptance and poster instructions sent out by April 17, 2015.
  • Students will provide written confirmation to present poster by May 15, 2015.

The co-hosts of the event are the following NFPA member sections: the International Fire Marshals Association; Fire Service; Certified Fire Protection Specialists; Health Care; Architects, Engineers, and Building Officials; Fire Science and Technology Educators; and the Education Section.

Note: The invitation to present a poster at this event will include complimentary registration for the NFPA Conference and Expo for one student author per abstract. Students are responsible for all related travel costs. Students are required to be present at their poster throughout the session.