Upcoming Events

    • August 18, 2022
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    • Zoom Conference
    • 86

    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.
    • September 09, 2022
    • 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Cyprian Keyes Golf Club, 284 East Temple Street, Boylston, MA

    The New England Chapter of the SFPE is proud to announce the 13th Annual A.L. Brown Scholarship Golf Outing!



    The outing will be scramble (or best-ball) style. Registration for golf is $185 per player and includes:

    • 18 holes of golf, golf cart, free precision fitting
    • Buffet lunch
    • Gift certificate for a free future round of golf on Cyprian's 18-hole course
    • Gift certificate for a free future round of golf on Cyprian's Par-3 course
    • "Goodie Bag" filled with golf balls, golf tees, snacks, and a drink

    A post-golf reception will be held to award prizes. If you would like to just attend the reception, registration is $50, which includes lunch.  Golfers will be able to use the driving range free of charge before the outing starts.

    We are looking for Breakfast Table sponsors and Drink Ticket Sponsors!

    A raffle will also be held during the outing with a variety of prizes. If you are interested in making a donation to the raffle, please contact the golf committee.

    Interested in providing items to be handed out to the golfers or in providing a prize to be raffled off?  Please contact the golf committee (golf@sfpe-newengland.org).

    All proceeds from this event will go to the A.L. Brown Scholarship, which is awarded annually to New England students working on a bachelor or graduate degree in an engineering discipline with an interest in pursuing a career in fire protection engineering. 

    We look forward to seeing you in September!

Past Events

March 10, 2022 March Webinar - Growing Pains: Case Studies of Challenges in Cannabis
February 16, 2022 February Webinar - Trends in Warehouse Automated Storage and the Fire Challenges Associated With Them
September 17, 2021 12th Annual A.L. Brown Scholarship Golf Outing
May 19, 2021 May Webinar - Promoting the Practice of Fire Protection Engineering
April 14, 2021 SFPE-NEC 2021 Annual Fire Protection & Life Safety Seminar
March 09, 2021 March Webinar - Assessing the August 2020 Beirut Explosion
February 09, 2021 February Webinar - Creating Fire Safety Resilience
January 14, 2021 January Webinar - Screening of Six Locked Doors and Q&A Session
November 17, 2020 SFPE NEC Webinar: Review of Code Implications and Capabilities of a Proprietary Revit Tool to Design Clean Agent Systems
October 13, 2020 Managing Risk and Liability in Fire Protection Contracts
March 02, 2020 Fire-Related Human Behavior
February 03, 2020 Protecting Residential Structures from Wildfires
December 02, 2019 Technology and Trivia Night
November 04, 2019 Development of Fire Protection Guidance for Energy Storage Systems in Commercial Occupancies
October 07, 2019 Alerting, Notification & Communication - Three Different Concepts for Signaling System Design
May 22, 2019 2019-2020 Board of Directors Voting
May 06, 2019 Managing Corrosion Risk in Water-Based Fire Sprinkler Systems
April 04, 2019 SFPE-NEC 2019 Annual Fire Protection & Life Safety Seminar
March 04, 2019 Mass Timber Construction: Products, Performance and Design
February 04, 2019 Fire Modeling: How Forensic Examples Apply and Inform the Building Design Process
December 03, 2018 Trivia and Technology Night
November 05, 2018 Hazards and Consequence Analysis of Flammable Releases
October 01, 2018 Fire Alarm Design for Industrial Facilities
September 07, 2018 10th Annual A.L. Brown Scholarship Golf Outing
June 09, 2018 2018 - 2019 Board of Directors Voting
May 07, 2018 NFPA 3000: The New National Standard for Preparedness, Response, and Recovery to Active Shooter Hostile Events
April 05, 2018 SFPE-NEC 2018 Annual Fire Protection & Life Safety Seminar
March 09, 2018 Firefighting 101 - Field Trip
February 05, 2018 An Evaluation of Flammable Refrigerants
December 04, 2017 Trivia and Technology
November 06, 2017 Up In Flames – An Examination of Exterior Façade Fires in High-Rise Buildings
October 02, 2017 Private Mode Fire Alarm Systems Operations & Case Study
September 08, 2017 9th Annual A.L. Brown Scholarship Golf Outing
July 20, 2017 SFPE New England Corporate Sponsorship 2017-2018
May 01, 2017 Energy Storage Systems (ESS)
April 13, 2017 SFPE-NEC 2017 Annual Fire Protection & Life Safety Seminar
March 06, 2017 Gymnastics Training Facilities: Foam Pit Cube Flame Retardant Toxicity and Fire Safety
February 06, 2017 Marijuana Grow Facilities - A Chronic Problem
January 18, 2017 WPI Career Night
December 05, 2016 Fire Protection Technology Expo and Trivia Night
November 07, 2016 Bi-Directional Amplifiers
October 03, 2016 NFPA 241, Safeguarding Construction, Alteration, and Demolition Operations
September 09, 2016 8th Annual A.L. Brown Scholarship Golf Outing
June 20, 2016 SFPE New England Corporate Sponsorship 2016-2017
June 06, 2016 Membership Vote (On-Line Annual Meeting)
May 02, 2016 Wildland Fire Behavior
April 13, 2016 SFPE-NEC 2016 Annual Fire Protection & Life Safety Seminar
March 07, 2016 Campus Fire Safety
February 01, 2016 The Five Things Fire Protection Engineers Need to Know About the Fire Service and the Role of Standards in Structural Fire Attack
December 07, 2015 Fire Protection Technology Expo and Trivia Night
November 02, 2015 CNG and Hydrogen Fuels and Associated Hazards
October 05, 2015 New In-Rack Sprinkler Design Options for Warehouses
September 11, 2015 7th Annual A.L. Brown Scholarship Golf Outing
May 13, 2015 PE Exam Problem Writing Session (PE registration required)
May 04, 2015 Fire Alarm Recognition and Urgency
April 30, 2015 Webinar on SFPE International By-Law Changes
April 15, 2015 SFPE-NEC 2015 Annual Fire Protection & Life Safety Seminar
March 02, 2015 School Safety, Codes and Security
February 02, 2015 Fire Alarm Recognition and Urgency
December 15, 2014 SFPE Trivia Night
November 03, 2014 MA State Police- Detecting Accelerants and Explosives with K9s
October 06, 2014 Performance & Reliability of Active & Passive Fire Protection Systems
September 05, 2014 6th Annual A.L. Brown Scholarship Golf Outing
May 05, 2014 Revised Regulations for PE's in Massachusetts
April 11, 2014 UMass Amherst Central Heating Plant
March 26, 2014 SFPE-NEC 2014 Annual Fire Protection & Life Safety Seminar
March 10, 2014 Roundtable - Role of FPE's in Construction
February 03, 2014 Fire Protection Research Foundation Update
December 02, 2013 New Technology Night - Fire Alarm & Notification Systems
November 04, 2013 Photovoltaic Panels - Challenges to the Fire Service
October 07, 2013 Performance & Reliability of Active & Passive Fire Protection Systems
September 06, 2013 5th Annual A.L. Brown Scholarship Golf Outing
May 06, 2013 Fire Suppression Technology Exhibition
May 06, 2013 PE Problem Writing Session
April 08, 2013 WPI's New State-of-the-Art Fire Laboratory Facility
March 20, 2013 SFPE - NEC Annual Seminar - 2013
March 04, 2013 Passive Fire Protection of Steel and Concrete
February 04, 2013 Investigation of Explosion Incidents
December 03, 2012 Advanced Technologies in Clean Agent and Special Hazard Systems
November 05, 2012 NFPA 285 Fire Testing for Exterior Walls: Requirements and Design Challenges
September 07, 2012 4th Annual A.L. Brown Scholarship Golf Outing
June 20, 2012 SFPE's 9th International Conference on Performance-Based Codes and Fire Safety Design Methods
May 14, 2012 PE Problem Writing Session
May 07, 2012 Property Insurance Research Group (PIRG)
April 13, 2012 Annual Site Visit - FM Global's SimZone
March 21, 2012 SFPE - NEC Annual Seminar - 2012
March 05, 2012 Fire Modeling: State-of-the-Art and Challenges
February 06, 2012 NFPA 99/101 - Health Care Occupancies
December 05, 2011 Wildland Fire Behavior
November 16, 2011 Free SFPE Webinar on Mass Notification
November 07, 2011 Special Hazard Fire Protection
October 23, 2011 2011 SFPE Professional Conference & Expo
October 03, 2011 10th Anniversary of 9/11: Impact on the Fire Protection Industry
September 09, 2011 3rd Annual A.L. Brown Scholarship Golf Outing
May 02, 2011 Computer Fire Modeling: It Might Take More Than You Think Under the New SFPE Guide!
May 02, 2011 PE Problem Writing Session
April 29, 2011 Kidde-Fenwal Visit
March 23, 2011 SFPE - NEC Annual Seminar - Fire Protection & Building Code Changes for 2011
March 07, 2011 NFPA 3 Commissioning
February 07, 2011 Fire Protection Plastic Piping Installation
December 06, 2010 Fire Suppression Technology Night
November 01, 2010 Automatic Sprinklers and Sustainability
September 27, 2010 SFPE-NEC Meeting - Air Sampling Technologies
September 10, 2010 2nd Annual A.L. Brown Scholarship Golf Outing
May 03, 2010 May Meeting - Mass Notification Systems
April 23, 2010 Tyco Reseach and Development Center Tour
March 24, 2010 SFPE - NEC Annual Seminar - Fire Protection & Life Safety Code Changes for 2010
March 01, 2010 Foam Extinguishing System - Challenges and Design Strategies
February 01, 2010 Residential Sprinklers-Requirements, Revisions, and Promotions
December 07, 2009 December Meeting - Smoke Migration and Code Impacts
November 02, 2009 November Meeting - New Technology Night - Fire Alarm and Notification Systems
October 05, 2009 October Meeting-Fire Protection Issues in Green Construction
September 11, 2009 NEC-SFPE Golf Tournament
March 02, 2009 March Meeting - NFPA 30-2008: An Update and FAQs

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