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SFPE Technical Committees

SFPE's Technical committees and task groups develop engineering guides, standards, and other technical initiatives of the Society. 


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SFPE Starting Process to Become an ANSI-Accredited Standards Developer


SFPE Starting Process to Become an ANSI-Accredited Standards Developer

The SFPE Standing Committee on Research, Tools and Methods Sub-Committee for Standards Oversight (SCSO) recently completed a year-long investigation and review into the requirements for an organization to become an ANSI-accredited standards developer (ASD). This investigation focused on the various issues, benefits and costs associated with becoming an ANSI-ASD. Based on this investigation, SFPE believes becoming an ANSI-ASD would fulfill a major strategic initiative and therefore, started the process to become an ANSI-ASD. Having SFPE standards referenced in the building and fire codes is an essential SFPE strategic organizational objective. From SFPEs perspective, since ANSI-ASDs conduct their work in a manner that is open to public scrutiny that provides interested stakeholders with an opportunity to be heard, without dominance by any party, the key benefit of ANSI accreditation is the ability to more readily introduce SFPE standards into more codes and standards.

SFPE Human Behavior Task Group Update


The Human Behavior Task Group is currently revising the SFPE Engineering Guide to Human Behavior in Fire. Besides updating all the good information from the 1st edition, the new version will include information on:

a)            Incapacitating Effects of Fire Effluent & Toxicity Analysis Methods
b)            Occupant Behavioral Scenarios
c)            Movement Models and Behavioral Models
d)            Egress Model Selection, Verification, and Validation
e)            Estimation of Uncertainty and Use of Safety Factors
f)             Enhancing Human Response to Emergency Notification and Messaging
 The Task Group is currently balloting the first draft of this revised guide. Once approved by the Task Group and the SFPE Subcommittee for Standards Oversite, the revised guide will be ready for public comment.
SFPEs Innovation and Emerging Technology Working Group Works to Monitor Trends in the Profession
The SFPE Innovation and Emerging Technology Working Group (IETWG) was established to monitor innovation and emerging technology trends in the international fire safety and fire protection community, and keep SFPE abreast of such developments in industry, academia, and governmental institutions. The IETWG was created as a working group within the Subcommittee on Research and Innovation (SCRI), which is structured under the SFPE Standing    Committee on Research, Tools, and Methods (RTM). The scope of work for the RTM committee is to identify, develop, and oversee SFPE’s technical products and research work, review new innovations, and help to establish the research agenda for the fire safety engineering profession. The working group has identified two primary types of innovations or technologies to monitor.  The first is related to new hazards that pose a risk to fire protection or life safety. The second is regarding new products/solutions that are entering the market for use by practitioners. Within the products/solutions category would be information sources for modelling or new engineering techniques. In a future editions of this newsletter, the IETWG will be soliciting your input on specific innovations & technologies that SFPE should monitor. Stay tuned for more details.
SFPE Risk Task Group Seeking Input on Next Edition of the SFPE Guide to Fire Risk Assessment
The SFPE Risk Task Group is charged with drafting the 2nd edition of the SFPE Guidelines for Fire Risk Assessment. It held its first meeting on March 2. The task group includes experts in the field of fire risk assessment from nine different countries: Australia, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Slovakia, Sweden, United Kingdom and United States of America. The task group is seeking input from SFPE members who have used the 1st edition of the guide. Specifically, if you have used this guide in practice and have any suggestions on how the task group can improve it, please send them to SFPE Technical Director Chris Jelenewicz, P.E., FSFPE at

Upcoming Technical Committee/Task Group/Working Group Meetings: 

  • Friday, June 23, 2017 11am Eastern Time (-04:00 GMT)
    Committee for Codes & Standards Liaison ICC Working Group – Online
  • Thursday, July 6, 2017 4pm Eastern Time (-04:00 GMT)
    Subcommittee for Research & Innovation Roadmap Working Group – Online
  • Wednesday, July 12, 2017 11am Eastern Time (-04:00 GMT)
    Subcommittee for Handbook Development – Online
  • Thursday, July 20, 2017 4pm Eastern Time (-04:00 GMT)
    Subcommittee for Standards Oversight -- Online

Current Technical Committees & Task groups

To view a complete list of the standards and guidelines produced by these working groups, visit the SFPE Resource library.


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