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Important Constitution and Bylaws Revision Ballot Information 

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If you are a voting member of SFPE, you should have received an email containing information about the SFPE Constitution and Bylaws revision that is currently up for member vote. This revision has been proposed after much work by the Board of Directors and has been reviewed by legal counsel and a professional registered parliamentarian.

Please cast your vote to help us update our governing documents to enable us to be a more contemporary association empowered to meet the needs of current and future members. You can review the revised Constitution and Bylaws document here. We have also created this FAQ document that provides more information about what the consolidation of these two documents entails. Additionally, SFPE President Michael Madden will be hosting a webinar to respond to questions and concerns the membership may have as well as provide more details on why this revision will strengthen our organization. We will announce details about the webinar once the date and time have been confirmed.

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Only 3 Days Until Early-Bird Registration Ends for SFPE Europe Conference

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Thinking about attending SFPE Europe Conference on Fire Safety Engineering in Copenhagen, Denmark, 4-5 June? Don’t delay—the early-bird discount registration rate and hotel cut-off both end on Monday, 20 April 2015. Register today  and book your hotel room to secure the best rates for this don’t-miss event.

The SFPE Europe Conference offers unparalleled educational opportunities including:

  • A two-day seminar prior to the conference, Evacuation for Fire Safety Engineering. On Tuesday-Wednesday, 2-3 June, we are offering a seminar on Evacuation for Fire Safety Engineering. This seminar has been developed in cooperation between the Department of Fire Safety Engineering and Systems Safety at Lund University, Sweden, and NFPA, USA. Evacuation for Fire Safety Engineering will include a wide variety of topics such as human behavior theories, emergency exit design, evacuation elevators, toxicology, pedestrian dynamics, egress modeling and selection of evacuation scenarios. For more information on this pre-conference seminar, visit the conference website.
  • A unique educational program featuring leaders in the field sharing cutting-edge practices in fire protection engineering and fire safety. Keynote speakers include Greg Baker, Chief Scientist, SP Fire Research; Anne Dederichs, Head of Studies, Master of Fire Safety, Technical University of Denmark; Graham Spinardi, Ph.D., Science Technology and Innovation Studies, University of Edinburgh Research and Emanuele Gissi, Ph.D., MEng., Vice Dirigente, Ministero dell’Interno, Corpo nazionale dei Vigili del fuoco (Fire and Rescue Service. The complete list of sessions and speakers is available here.
  • Poster presentations will be showcased during the Welcome Reception on 3 June. Details on the dynamic posters that will be featured are available here.

Hotel

Please support SFPE by staying at the Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers. A discounted guest room rate of DKK 1,325 has been negotiated for all conference attendees, but it is only available until Monday, 20 April 2015. To make your reservation, book online here. SFPE must guarantee hotel rooms to secure meeting space, so by choosing to stay in the conference hotel, you’re helping make it possible for SFPE to deliver quality educational programs to advance the profession.

Exhibit & Sponsor Opportunities Still Available

Complete details and application can be found here [PDF].

For more information about attending, exhibiting or sponsoring this event, contact Melissa Franco at +1 301-915-9724 or mfranco@sfpe.org.

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Poster Session and Pre-Conference Workshop At SFPE Europe

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Did you know that in addition to the rich educational program featuring industry-leading presentations, the SFPE Europe Conference will also feature a Poster Session and a pre-conference seminar?

On Tuesday-Wednesday, 2-3 June, we are offering a seminar on Evacuation for Fire Safety Engineering. This seminar has been developed in cooperation between the Department of Fire Safety Engineering and Systems Safety at Lund University, Sweden, and NFPA, USA. Evacuation for Fire Safety Engineering will include a wide variety of topics such as human behavior theories, emergency exit design, evacuation elevators, toxicology, pedestrian dynamics, egress modeling and selection of evacuation scenarios. 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.For more information on this event seminar, visit the conference website.

In addition to the rich educational program featuring industry-leading presentations at SFPE Europe, the Welcome Reception on 3 June will feature the following dynamic poster presentations:

  • Impact of Smoke Compartment Size on Horizontal Evacuation Time in Healthcare Facilities, Mary Long, Graduate Student, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI); Drew Martin, Graduate Student, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI)
  • A Methodology to Determine Fire Safe Exhibition Areas in Large, Geometrically Complex Hall, A.D. (Tony) Lemaire, M.Sc., Senior Project Leader, Efectis Nederland
  • Assessing the Environmental Impact of Building and Wildland Fires, Drew Martin, Graduate Student, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI); Brian Meacham, Ph.D., PE, CEng, FIFireE, FSFPE,  Associate Professor, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI)
  • Steel Shear Connections Behavior in Composite Floor Systems Under Fire Loading, Tugba Özdemir Mazlum, M.Sc., Civil Engineer, Boğaziçi University
  • Fire Safety in Timber Buildings, Birgit Östman, Ph.D., Senior Advisor, SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden
  • Performance Based Fire Engineering – ASET v RSET, Chris Taylor, PG, B.Sc., Senior Fire Engineering, Ramboll
  • Automatic Intensive Warehouse Fire Suppression System Modeled Using Fire Safety Engineering CFD Simulation With automatic Targeting Water Monitors System, Vincenzo Cascioli, Ph.D., Ing., Fire Safety Engineering Specialist, ING. EN. I.A. Gruppo Professionisti Associati; Danilo Marcelli, Ph.D., Director, ING. EN. I.A. Gruppo Professionisti Associati; Michele Urbani, Ph.D., Ing., Safety Engineer, ING. EN. I.A. Gruppo Professionisti Associati; Donato Fabbricatore, Ph.D., Deputy Chief Fire Officer, Corpo Nazionale Vigili del Fuoco (CNVVF) – National Fire Corps
  • Fire Safety Academic Education at University Level in Spain: The Growing Case of Catalonia, Oriol Rios, Ph.D. Candidate, Polytechnic University
  • An Evacuation Model Based on a Continuous Approach, Grégoire Pianet, Ph.D., Study & Modeling Section Manager, Groupe CNP

If you haven’t already registered, don’t delay–register today to secure discount early-bird registration rates and book your hotel room. Early-bird registration ends Monday, 20 April, so act now–and we hope to see you in Copenhagen!

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In Memoriam: Richard Morley

SFPE Past President and Member for Life, Richard Morley, FSFPE, passed away on January 18, 2015. Richard served as SFPE President in 1992 and worked as a fire protection engineer for FM Global for 30 years. In 2000, he was a recipient of the John J. Ahern President’s Award, an award that honors individuals whose conspicuous contributions deserve very special recognition by SFPE and its leadership.

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Preparing for the PE Exam? We Can Help

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SFPE’s Online Fire Protection Engineering PE Exam Prep Course is an excellent tool to help prepare you for the 2015 Fire Protection Engineering PE Exam. The online PE exam prep course has been revised to meet the current NCEES exam specifications. You will be able to access 14 live, 1.5 hour sessions from anywhere. Each session is taught by a subject matter expert using interactive web conferencing technology, which will allow you the opportunity to ask questions as they arise throughout each session. This effective educational online prep course will help you organize and navigate through the reference materials and allow for maximum retention.

Who Should Attend:

Anyone preparing for the PE Exam, or anyone needing a refresher including existing engineers, fire marshals and loss control specialists. Participants will come away with an understanding of the principles of fire protection engineering. Even if you are not taking the exam this year, but want to assess your readiness for a future exam, this online PE exam prep course will provide you with a fundamental understanding of the principles of fire protection engineering.

Topics Include:

  • Exam Preparation & Exam Taking Strategies
  • Fire Protection Analysis
  • Fire Protection Management
  • Human Behavior
  • Fire Dynamics
  • Fire Protection System
  • Smoke Management
  • Explosion Protection
  • Passive Building Systems

Enrollment Includes:

  • Participation in either the Tuesday or Thursday session
  • Two-hours of access to instructors outside class hours
  • Electronic copies of the online PE exam prep training slides

Educational Training Schedule:

14 live, 1.5 hour online sessions

  • July 7 – October 6  (Every Tuesday) from 2:30 – 4:00 PM EDT
  • July 9 – October 8 (Every Thursday) from 6:30 – 8:00 PM EDT

You have the flexibility to attend the Tuesday or Thursday session each week.

Exam Scheduled for October 30, 2015

Reading Requirements:

Fees:

  • Non-Member Registration Fee – $1,995 USD*
  • SFPE Member Registration Fee – $1,395 USD

* Non-member registration includes a complimentary one-year membership to SFPE. Your membership includes discounts on future education and publications, free monthly member only innovation webinar series, FPE Magazine, Fire Technology Journal, and many other benefits that can be found here.

PDHs:

Professional Development Hours (PDHs) are only granted for the sessions in which you fully participate. Your participation is verified by being logged into the web conference technology during the session. The maximum number of PDHs that can be awarded for the 14 weeks is 21 PDHs, even if the sessions run long or you attend a Tuesday and Thursday session in a given week. Recordings of the sessions are available in case you miss a session or if you wish to listen to the session again, however no PDHs credit can be given to sessions that were missed and then made up by listening to the recording. These rules are necessary to maintain the integrity of the PDH granting process.

Register here. For questions please contact Melissa Franco at mfranco@sfpe.org or (301) 915-9724.

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Research: Survey on Variations in Tenability Criteria

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A student at Worcester Polytechnic Institute is doing research into the wide variety of tenability criteria being used for performance-based/fire safety design projects. If you’re interested in participating, here is some background information about the project from the student, Camille Levy:

“I’m doing research into the wide variety of tenability criteria being used for performance-based/fire safety design projects and ask for your participation in a brief survey. This research is with Professor Brian Meacham at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in the US.

I’m looking to benchmark what criteria values practicing fire engineers and FPE students use today to see if these vary between building occupancies and the country the building is located in. We’re looking to get as much data as possible without being onerous to the participants.  The survey can be completed in 5-10 minutes for basic information and criteria for one building type in one country, but the setup allows you to respond to as many questions as you’d like or have time for.

We understand that designers work in many different countries, but identify one country for which you do performance-based/fire safety design per survey. Based on a project or projects you’ve done located in that country, provide the tenability criteria values you used. If you have the time and work in multiple countries, feel free to complete the survey for different countries. The survey encompasses all building uses by splitting these into five general groups. Criteria questions for each group are on separate pages. If you use the same criteria set for multiple groups, this can indicated in the last two questions on each use group page.

Please use this link to go to the survey: http://goo.gl/forms/lCthHj8oZi. This will be open until April 14th.

All responses to this survey will be anonymous and no personally identifiable information will be associated with your responses.

Thank you for your time and participation with this research!”

 

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Only 12 Days Until Early-Bird Discount Ends for SFPE Europe Conference–Register Today!

Copenhagen Email Header_finalOnly 12 days remain to receive early-bird discount registration rate for the SFPE Europe Conference on Fire Safety Engineering in Copenhagen, Denmark, 4-5 June. To qualify for this discount rate, you must register by 20 April 2015. After that date the rate will go up, so register now and save.

 HotelPlease support SFPE by staying at the Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers. A discounted guest room rate of DKK 1,325 has been negotiated for all conference attendees, but it is only available until Monday, 20 April 2015. To make your reservation, book online here.SFPE must guarantee hotel rooms to secure meeting space, so by choosing to stay in the conference hotel, you’re helping make it possible for SFPE to deliver quality educational programs to advance the profession.Keynote Speakers

  • Greg Baker, Chief Scientist, SP Fire Research
  • Anne Dederichs, Ph.D., Associate Professor in Fire Safety Engineering, Institute of Civil Engineering, Technical University of Denmark
  • Graham Spinardi, Ph.D., Science Technology and Innovation Studies, University of Edinburgh Research
  • Emanuele Gissi, Ph.D., Director, Italian National Fire Service

Technical Sessions

  • The Fire Safety Engineer and BIM: How to Tango, Jon Arild Westlund, Fire Safety Engineer, COWI AS; John Utstrand, Professional Manager, Fire Safety Engineer, COWI AS
  • Recent Advances in Fire Suppression Modelling Issues & Perspectives of Fire Safety Engineering Applications, Gregoire Pianet, Ph.D., Study & Modeling Section Manager, Groupe CNPP; Alexandre Jenft, Ph.D., Modeling & Fire Test Engineer, Groupe CNPP
  • Questioning the Conventional Mixture Fraction Combustion Model, Ricky Carvel, University of Edinburgh
  • To What Extent Can We Rely Upon the Results Obtained From Advanced Smoke Modelling – the Influence of Critical Parameters on the Visibility When Conducting an Advanced Smoke Modelling Analysis, Gabriele Vigne, MAst, M.Sc., MSFPE, P.Eng, Fire Protection Engineer, JVVA Fire & Risk; Maikol Alonso López, M.Sc., Civil Engineer, Universidad Nacional de Colombia; Jimmy Jönsson, B.Sc. Fire, M.Sc. Risk, MSFPE, MIFE, Fire Protection Engineer, JVVA Fire & Risk
  • Thoughts on the Need for A Systematic Effort to Harvest the Probabilistic Model Input Data Required for Efficient and Robust Reliability-Based Fire Safety Analysis, Nina Dorthea Hansen, M.Sc., Consultant Fire Safety Engineer, NIRAS A/S
  • Fire Resistance of A Roof Tensile Structure In Parametric Fire Conditions Calculated Using CFD Simulations and Simplified Calculation Methods, Wojciech Węgrzyński, M.Sc. FPE, Head of Smoke Control, Signaling and Fire Automation Division, Building Research Institute (ITB); Piotr Turkowski, M.Sc. Civil Eng., Building Research Institute (ITB)
  • Open-Plan in UK: the Way Forward, Hadrien Fruton, M.Sc., AIFireE, Fire Engineer, Hoare Lea; Karl Wallasch, Dipl Ing, CEng, MIFireE, Associate, Hoare Lea
  • Radiative Heat Flux Calculations for Complex Geometries, Piotr Tofilo, Ph.D., President, SFPE Polish Chapter
  • Review of 10 Years of SFPE International Conference Case Studies, Camille Levy, Graduate Student, Worcester Polytechnic Institute; Drew Martin, Graduate Student, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • Fire Safety Performance Based Approach in a Historical Building in Light of Italian  Standards, Luciano Nigro, P. Eng., President, Hughes Associate Europe; Simonetto Sacco, P. Eng., Board Director, Hughes Associates Europe
  • Holistic Design of a Great Building, Neal Butterworth, CEng, Associate Director, Arup
  • Assessment of Construction Stage External Fire Spread from Timber Buildings, Jianqiang Mai, Ph.D., MEng, BEng, CEng, MIFireE, Senior Lecturer, University of Central Lancashire
  • Fire Safety Design and Assurance in Modern Airport Terminal Buildings, Chris Hallam, Ph.D., BSc, CEng, MIFireE, Associate Fire Engineer, Hoare Lea
  • Managing Fire Risk For Vulnerable People – Accessibility Of Targeted Fire Preventive Measures, Karolina Storesund, M.Sc., Research Scientist, SP Fire Research AS; Anne Steen-Hansen, Ph.D., Research Manager, SP Fire Research AS
  • Battersea Power Station – Fire Engineering an Icon, David Quinn, BE CEng MIEI, Associate, BuroHappold Engineering; Florian M. Block Ph.D., Dipl.-Ing., Associate, BuroHappold Engineering
  • Performance-based Analyses of Prescriptive Code Solutions, Joseph Vaughn, P.E., Associate Manager – Pacific Rim, JENSEN HUGHES; Simon Goodhead, P.E., CEng, MIFireE, Director – Atlanta Office, JENSEN HUGHES
  • Fire Safety in Switzerland: Certification, Qualification and Educational Challenges and Opportunities, James Bassett, M.Sc., FPE, EIT, Fire Protection Engineer, Swissi AG
  • Fire Safety: Ethics, Economics, Emotions and/or Engineering, Gordon Biezeveld, Drs. Ing., Business Development Manager, Underwriters Laboratories
  • Fire Engineering, the Missing Link, David Maeso, EurIng, CEng, MIFireE, Associate – Fire Engineering, Ramboll
  • Investigation of a Fire With Two Biogas Buses in City Traffic in Helsingborg, Sweden the 14 February 2012, Patrik Dahlberg, M.Sc., Senior Chief Investigator and IIC, Swedish Accident Investigation Authority
  • Fire Performance of Select ‘Green’ Building Features and Technologies, Drew Martin, Graduate Student, Worcester Polytechnic Institute; Brian Meacham, Ph.D., P.E., CEng, FIFireE, FSFPE, Associate Professor, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • LPG In Car Parks – Results of Real Scale Test, Dorota Brzezinska, Ph.D., Technical University of Lodz, Poland
  • Fire Safety Engineering for Innovative and Sustainable Building Solutions, David Winberg, B.Sc., M.Sc., Project Leader, SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden;  Michael Strömgren, Research Scientist, SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden; Björn Karlsson, Ph.D., Director General, Iceland Construction Authority; John Utstrand, Fire Safety Engineer, Professional Manager, COWI AS; Johan Norén, Fire Safety Engineer, Technical Director, Briab Brand & Riskingenjörerna AB
  • Application of Evacuation Safety System for HighRise Hospital, Hiroaki Notake, Dr. Eng., Senior Research Engineer, Shimizu Corporation
  • Verification of Finite Element Codes for Calculating Temperature in Fire-Exposed Structures, Ulf Wickström, Ph.D., Professor, LTU Luleå University of Technology, Sweden; Ann Jeffers, Ph.D., Professor, University of Michigan
  • Use of Egress Model to Simulate Occupant Self-Evacuation Using Elevators, Amr A. Banjar, M.Sc., Fire Protection Engineer, Saudi Aramco
  • Probabilistic Study of the Resistance of a Concrete Structure according to Eurocode Natural Fire, Mohammad Heidari, M.Sc., Fire Safety Engineer, Fire Testing Center- CERIB
  • Safe Refuge Areas – A Reflection on the Incorporation of the Requirement in the Swedish Building Legislation, Axel Jönsson, M.Sc., B.Sc., Fire Safety Consultant, Brandskyddslaget AB; Kristin Andrée, Ph.D. Student, B.Sc., Fire Safety Consultant, Brandskyddslaget AB; Staffan Bengtson, Fire Safety Consultant, Brandskyddslaget AB
  • A Risk Based Approach for Selecting Design Fires for the Structural Fire Engineering of Arena Roofs, Panagiotis Kotsovinos, Ph.D., AIFireE, Fire Engineer, Arup
  • Ascending Stair Evacuation – A Research Project On Effects Of Fatigue, Walking Speed & Human Behavior, Johan Norén, Technical Director, Briab Brand & Riskingenjörerna AB; Mattias Delin, Senior Fire Safety Consultant, DeBrand Sverige AB
  • Fire Safety in Hotels With Massive Timber Structure – Finding Common Ground for the European Market and an Analytic Approach to Verify Sufficient Protection of a Combustible Load Bearing Structure, Pär Hansson, CEO, FSD Göteborg AB; Mattias Arnqvist, Fire Protection Consultant, FSD Göteborg AB

Exhibit & Sponsor Opportunities

Complete details and application can be found here.

Thanks to our Exhibitor

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Contact

For more information about attending, exhibiting or sponsoring this event, contact Melissa Franco at +1 301-915-9724 or mfranco@sfpe.org.

 

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Program Announced for SFPE Europe Conference

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The SFPE Europe Conference Program Committee is thrilled to announce the outstanding program of top-notch speakers for the upcoming SFPE Europe Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark 4-5 June 2015. These leaders in the field will showcase cutting-edge practices in fire protection engineering and fire safety that help protect people, property and the environment from fire.

Keynote speakers include Greg Baker, Chief Scientist, SP Fire Research; Anne Dederichs, Head of Studies, Master of Fire Safety, Technical University of Denmark; Graham Spinardi, Ph.D., Science Technology and Innovation Studies, University of Edinburgh Research and Emanuele Gissi. To view the complete list of sessions and speakers, visit the conference website.

We hope you’ll join theses leaders in the profession for a unique two-day educational experience designed to keep you at the forefront of industry trends and standards.

REGISTER NOW to receive an early discount rate. Discount rate is only good until 20 April 2015 – so make your plans today.

The official conference hotel is the Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers. The property boasts the highest sustainability requirements and offers modern, spacious rooms. Attendees who stay at the conference hotel will enjoy a discounted room rate, free Wi-Fi, a complimentary shuttle to and from the Copenhagen airport, a convenient metro stop next to the hotel and complimentary breakfast each morning.

A discounted guest room rate of DKK 1,325 has been negotiated for all conference attendees, but it is only available until Monday, 20 April 2015. To make your reservation, book online here.

Interested in exhibitor and sponsorship opportunities? Complete details and application can be found here [PDF]. Or for more information about attending, exhibiting or sponsoring this event, contact Melissa Franco at +1 301-915-9724 or mfranco@sfpe.org.

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SFPE Staff News

SFPE is pleased to announce that Maggie McGary has joined the staff as Communications & PR Manager. Maggie will be responsible for managing the Society’s public relations and communications initiatives including the website and other marketing and communications materials, creating and implementing a social media strategy, supporting brand advocacy across chapters, and leading an outreach plan to connect with external audiences. She will also work with member spokespersons to elevate the visibility and importance of the profession, and to promote SFPE members as the leaders in engineering a fire safe world.

Maggie has worked in association communications for over 15 years, and has broad experience implementing both traditional and digital communications initiatives in support of mission-driven organizations. In 2011, Maggie was named Publishing Trendsetter by the Angerosa Research Foundation, an award recognizing innovation that advances association publishing. She is also a blogger whose posts have been featured on Social Media Today, The Washington Post, Associations Now and other sites. Maggie has a BA in English from the University of Mary Washington.

In her spare time, Maggie enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, reading and watching movies. Please join us in welcoming Maggie to SFPE. She can be reached at mmcgary@sfpe.org or directly at (301) 915-9729.

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Is Your Company a Top Market Performer?

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Is Your Company a Top Market Performer?

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The inaugural SFPE Europe conference is being held 4-5 June in Copenhagen, Denmark. We are expecting a high attendance from the fire safety and construction industry. The future of fire engineering and its current use in the industry will be debated and showcased.

The program is almost completed with two days packed with high quality presentations, roundtable sessions and very interesting and dynamic keynote speakers from leading experts in our field.

We would also like to see participation from the leading consultancies, manufacturers and installations companies. This is a very good opportunity to show yourself, your company and your products to the decision-makers in the industry.

There are several ways companies can participate, including different levels of sponsorship and exhibit booths. We are also offering special rates for local companies (with offices in the Oresund region).

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

Yours Sincerely,

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Jimmy Jönsson

2015 President, ECCG
2015 Chair, SFPE Europe Conference on Fire Safety Engineering

REGISTER NOW to receive the early, discounted rate (only good until 20 April).

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Please support SFPE by planning your stay at the Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers, while relaxing in the sustainable surroundings. SFPE must guarantee hotel rooms to secure meeting space, so you can truly help support SFPE and all we do in delivering education and advancing our profession by choosing to stay in the conference hotel.

Moreover, attendees who stay at the conference hotel will enjoy a discounted room rate, free Wi-Fi, a complimentary shuttle to and from the Copenhagen airport, a convenient metro stop next to the hotel, and breakfast will be included each morning.

A discounted guest room rate of DKK 1,325 has been negotiated for all conference attendees, but it is only available until Monday, 20 April 2015. To make your reservation, book online here.

Exhibit & Sponsor Opportunities
Complete details and applications can be found here.

Contact
For more information on attending, exhibiting, or sponsoring this event, contact Melissa Franco at +1 301-915-9724 or mfranco@sfpe.org.