The birth of the New England Chapter was on May 12, 1954 when Norman E. Carlson (with Fenwal, Inc.) requested Jim B. Smith (with Factory Mutual Engineering), to develop a slate of officers for a proposed New England Chapter of SFPE. A month later on June 10th the first dinner meeting was held, the slate of candidates was elected, a constitution was approved, and both were submitted to the SFPE Executive Committee for ratification. Attendance was 21.
Chartering of the New England Chapter occurred on 5/19/1955. At this time, there were 21 paid-up members.
Norman Carlson was the Chapter's first president. (As a note of interest, Norman also served later as president of the New York, Metropolitan Chapter)
Firebrand, the Chapter's newsletter and periodical, was first published in March of 1961.
The year was 1975 and Dr. Anne Phillips of the New England Chapter received SFPE's "Fire Protection Woman of the Year" award.
April 17, 1978, the Connecticut Valley Branch of the New England Chapter split off and became a separately chartered Chapter.
On April 2, 1979, WPI student, Bob Schifiliti, spoke on "Computer Assisted Egress Analysis for the Beverly Hills Supper Club".