SFPE and the National Society of Professional Engineers signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to provide a formal mechanism for cooperation between the two organization through a voluntary exchange of information on common educational, technical, scientific, legislative and regulatory matters that affect the fire protection and safety engineering and other engineering professions. A copy of the signed MOU can be viewed here.
On May 05, 2014 the New England SFPE Chapter will host a discussion on the Revised Regulations for Licensed Engineers in Massachusetts. The event will be at the Four Points by Sheraton in Norwood, MA from 05:30 pm to 08:30 pm.
Effective 11/22/2013, the Massachusetts Board of Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors revised the regulations applicable to Professional Engineers registered in Massachusetts (250CMR). Maurice Pilette, Board member and owner of Mechanical Designs LTD, will review these revisions.
4:00pm – 5:30pm Board of Directors Meeting (Members Welcome!)
The early registration period ends Tuesday, April 29th. All early registrations will receive a discounted price. Special pricing is available for students and AHJ’s during the early registration period.
Every other year, the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE) asks the members of the fire protection profession about compensation treads. To get the best data, SFPE needs your help. The participation of the fire protection engineering community is essential to the survey’s success. To take the survey go to https://ccs-consultants.com/surveys/sfpe/2014/sfpe1.asp.
In this year’s survey, it will be the first time we ask participants about their plans for retirement. This data will help SFPE gage the expected job turnover due to retirements in the engineering profession.
The survey is being conducted by Fitzgerald’s Compensation Consulting Services, Inc. (CCS), an independent consulting company, on behalf of SFPE. Your survey data is securely maintained by CCS and is treated as confidential.
Pictured – Robin Zevotek (UL), picture by Nicole Testa Boston
On April 1st and 2nd, the SFPE Chicago Chapter hosted the first annual Spring Educational Seminar at Underwriters Laboratories (UL) in Northbrook, IL. The event brought together over 30 professionals and members of the SFPE Board of Directors.
Five exceptional speakers – Robin Zevotek (UL), James Golinveaux (Tyco), Daniel Madrzykowski (National Institute of Standards and Technology), Skip Donnell (Liberty Mutual Insurance), and Andrew Cox (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives) – presented on the latest issues impacting the fire protection engineering industry.
Stephen Kerber was presented with the Fire Engineering (FE)/International Society of Fire Service Instructors (ISFSI)/George D. Post Instructor of the Year Award at this morning’s General Session. Kerber, the director of the UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute, has led fire service research and education in the areas of ventilation, structural collapse, and fire dynamics.
He is also a director with the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE) and previously served as chair of the SFPE Fire Service Committee.
“As an engineer, it means a lot to be honored by the fire service,” Kerber told FE. “I am blessed to be able to support the best profession in the world, and I believe the fire service can be much more effective if firefighters understand fire dynamics. We are trying to get this information to the fire service in a way that they can understand it and apply it on the fireground. Recently, there really seems to be a positive impact, and this award is motivation to keep doing what we are doing.”
“Chief Steve Kerber has displayed a profound commitment to furthering the cause of the fire service by working tirelessly conducting research; developing courses based on the research; and advancing the cause for operational effectiveness, efficiency, and safety,” says Douglas Cline, president of the ISFSI, which co-presents the award. “Chief Kerber’s research, innovations, and programs have helped improve the training and education of firefighters worldwide. His efforts demonstrate the leadership and role model indicative of the George D. Post Instructor of the Year Award.”
The award incorporates the Training Achievement Award previously given by FE at the FDIC, and is named for George D. Post, a long-time member of the ISFSI. He was a member of the Fire Department of New York, an illustrator of fire service publications, and a developer of instructional materials. Many consider him to be the father of visual training material used to train fire service personnel around the world.
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.
NY METRO Chapter President April Berkol and Past Chapter President Jeff Kroutil Staff Exhibit Booth
On March 30, 2014, members from the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE) New York Metro Chapter hosted a booth at the Lower Hudson Valley Engineering Exposition. The Chapter provided copies of Careers in Fire Protection Engineering to interested students.
The Lower Hudson Valley Engineering EXPO is a forum for the exchange of information and ideas among students, college recruiters and technical industries with the goal of increasing the quantity and quality of students entering the engineering professions.
What Are You Worth? SFPE Helps Answer This with Its Fire Protection Engineering Compensation Survey
Do you want to know how your pay stacks up against that of your peers? Every other year, the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE) asks the members of the fire protection profession about compensation trends. To get the best data, SFPE needs your help. The participation of the fire protection engineering community is essential to the survey’s success.
This year’s survey will be the first time we ask participants about their plans for retirement. This data will help us gauge the expected job turnover due to retirements in the engineering profession.
The survey is being conducted by Fitzgerald’s Compensation Consulting Services, Inc. (CCS), an independent consulting company, on behalf of SFPE. Your survey data is securely maintained by CCS and is treated as strictly confidential.
The New York Empire Chapter of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE) and SUNY Onondaga Community College are sponsoring/hosting a unique training opportunity for the fire service and fire protection industry on the challenges of the modern fireground and changes in tactics that are sweeping the modern fire service.