August Webinar - Getting to Know the SFPE Foundation & A Research Case Study

  • August 18, 2022
  • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
  • Zoom Conference
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August Webinar - Getting to Know the SFPE Foundation & A Research Case Study

Welcome to SFPE New England's August webinar. Ahead of resuming our normal schedule of in-person meetings starting this fall, we are offering one virtual learning event this summer. In our bonus August webinar, Dr. Leslie Marshall, Director of the SFPE Foundation, and Virginia Charter, PhD from Oklahoma State University will present on an overview of the SFPE Foundation, Opportunities for Engagement, and a research case study on the impact of climate change on fire protection systems.

This webinar will be free to New England SFPE chapter members. 

Presentation 1: “Getting to Know Your SFPE Foundation: Overview and Opportunities for Engagement”

Presenter:  Dr. Marshall, SFPE Foundation Director

An overview of the SFPE Foundation’s resources, activities, and opportunities for SFPE Chapter engagement. Affiliated with the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE), the SFPE Foundation is a global non-profit organization that supports research and education to improve the scientific understanding of fire and its interaction with the natural and build environments.

Presentation 2: “Climate Change, Public Water Supplies, and the Implications for Fire Protection Systems”

Presenter:  Virginia Charter, PhD, PE (Oklahoma State University)

It is widely acknowledged that the impacts of climate change include more widespread and prolonged drought conditions, increased risk of flooding, rising temperatures, reduced snowpack, and shifts in weather patterns globally. Many of these changes not only increase the risk of fire events, but also place additional strain on the public water supplies that are an integral part of many fire protection systems. To design for more resilient communities in this context, fire protection engineers need to understand the linkages between climate change, public water supplies, and fire protection systems design. Our focus in this RFP is on the built environment and in-building fires, though we recognize structures may be in areas where wildfires and the wildland-urban-interface are also a consideration for fire systems design. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Understanding how fire protection system design and water supply system design must begin to include the concept of climate change, specifically water scarcity or stress, in the discussion of the reliability of systems.
  • Gaining an overview of the literature regarding current water supply practices, design of suppression systems that depend upon the use of water supplies, and the impacts of water stress or scarcity on water supply systems.
  • Gaining an overview of how water scarcity scenarios play out in different contexts (countries, rural/urban areas) and climates based on four case studies.
  • Learning about recommendations for best practices for water usage and fire protection systems, the central stakeholders that need to be involved when designing for fire protection and climate change, and the potential policy changes and education needs that best aid fire protection engineers in navigating climate change as a part of the design process.

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