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April 30th is Deadline to Take SFPE Compensation Survey

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.

The deadline for participation is April 30, 2014.

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SFPE Chicago Chapter Holds Spring Event

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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.

 

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SFPE Director Stephen Kerber Named FE/ISFSI George D. Post Instructor of the Year

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.

 

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Draft Standard on Calculation Methods to Predict the Thermal Performance of Structural and Fire Resistive Assemblies 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/SharpenYourExpertise/SFPETaskGroupandCommitteeDocumentation/TechnicalCommittees/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.

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New York Metro Chapter Participates in Lower Hudson Valley Engineering EXPO

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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.

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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.

 

 

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It’s Time to Take the SFPE 2014 FPE Compensation Survey

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 deadline for participation is April 30, 2014.

To take the survey go to https://ccs-consultants.com/surveys/sfpe/2014/sfpe1.asp.

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SFPE New York Empire Chapter to Host Modern Fire Challenges & Tactical Considerations for Fire Department Operations on May 10, 2014

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.

The instructor for this event will be Robin Zevotek, P.E. who is a member of the SFPE Fire Service Committee and a Research Engineer with the UL Firefighter  Safety Research Institute.

This FREE event will be held on May 10, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the SUNY OCC main campus, Storer Auditorium.

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Book Review: Sprinkler Hydraulics

In the March 2014 issue of Plumbing Engineer past (SFPE) president Samuel S. Dannaway, PE, FSFPE, pens a book review about the second edition of Harold Wass’ Sprinkler Hydraulics and What It’s All About.

The Society of Fire Protection Engineers recently reprinted the second edition of “Sprinkler Hydraulics and What It’s Not All About,” by Harold S. Wass, Jr. An edition was published in 2000, and the first edition was published in 1983 by IRM Insurance.

According to Dannaway, ” Wass also takes what normally is a collection of very technical concepts and equations and turns it into an enjoyable read. He is also a little irreverent and occasionally applies a healthy dash of skepticism.”

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Recent Issue of Fire Protection Engineering Emerging Trends Focuses on Inspection, Testing and Maintenance of Water Based Fire Protection Systems

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The March 2014 issue of Fire Protection Engineering Emerging Trends, Fire Protection Engineering magazine’s e-newsletter features an article by past SFPE president Russell P. Fleming, P.E., FSFPE. In this article Fleming discusses changes in the 2014 Edition of NFPA 25.

NFPA 25, Inspection, Testing and Maintenance of Water Based Fire Protection Systems, was first published in 1992. After just over 20 years of availability, it is undergoing a review of sorts relative to its effectiveness. A recent article in NFPA Journal discussed recurring concerns about the enforcement and scope of the document. The aim is to improve enforceability of the standard, with the ultimate goal of improving sprinkler system performance even beyond the traditional high levels. This article covers highlights from the 2014 edition of NFPA 25 issued earlier in 2013.

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CALL TO SERVE – APPLY TODAY!

Deadline to receive candidate nominations: March 31, 2014

SFPE’s Board of Directors needs you! Here is your chance to help lead the society dedicated to furthering the fire protection engineering profession. SFPE is currently seeking candidates to serve in leadership positions on the Board of Directors.

The benefits are many:

  • A significant role in advancing your profession;
  • An opportunity to enhance the value of SFPE to the FPE community;
  • Access to up-to-date information about the challenges facing your profession;
  • The chance to exchange ideas and perspectives with other volunteer leaders.

The Nominating Committee has identified a number of desired attributes that will be part of the selection process for new Board members.

  • Demonstrated leadership commitment and involvement with SFPE and the profession. Examples include, but are not limited to: service on an SFPE committee, council, task force or a chapter leadership position.
  • Recognized leader in the fire protection engineering community. Examples include, but are not limited to: engagement with other allied societies or organization, serving on SFPE’s Educational & Scientific Foundation committee, or chairing a SFPE committee, council, or task force.
  • Relevant expertise in the disciplines of organizational management. Examples include, but are not limited to: branding, fundraising, component relations, finance, international, and strategic alliances.
  • SFPE values and seeks diverse leadership as defined by race, ethnicity, gender, religion, age, sexual orientation, nationality, disability, appearance, geographic location, professional level, etc. It seeks leaders from all types and sizes of eligible organizations.
  • Commitment to participate in two face-to-face and 1-2 virtual board meetings a year. Terms of service are two-years and begin January 1.
  • Positive leadership attributes; emotional intelligence; ability to work collaboratively and engage in appropriate debate and discussion when needed.
  • Visionary and strategic thinker. Demonstrated ability of new and innovative programs within their sphere of influence. Examples include, but are not limited to: incorporating strategy, leadership, future focus, risk taking, and an entrepreneur spirit.

We want and need to hear from you. If you are interested in serving, or know of potential board members you would like to recommend, please send a letter of recommendation (self-recommendations are welcome) along with your CV or resume and a completed SFPE Committees and Task Groups form to Nicole Testa Boston, Executive Director, at ntboston@sfpe.org. Nominations must be received no later than March 31, 2014.

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Joshua W. Elvove, P.E., CSP, FSFPE
Chairman, Nominating Committee, SFPE
Immediate Past President, SFPE