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SFPE Is Seeking Committee Volunteers

Monday, December 4, 2017  
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Volunteers are at the heart of SFPE‘s work. Without volunteers’ time and expertise, SFPE simply could not provide the essential technical standards and guidelines, information and tools, vibrant community, and exceptional experiences that we all value so highly. Together, we accomplish remarkable things and are moving the fire protection engineering profession forward throughout the world.

The following committees are actively seeking volunteers for the following:

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

  • Members for the Course Content and Delivery Subcommittee. Help identify content that is needed and provides oversight over its development. The development of the content may come from members, consultants, staff or other resources identified by the committee.
  • Members for the Conference, Workshops and Symposia Subcommittee. Provide input on topics and content for workshops, symposia and conferences that meet the body of knowledge transfer and continuing education needs of members worldwide as delivered in this format.
  • Members for the PE Exam Preparation Subcommittee. The PE Exam Preparation is composed of members with an interest, experience or expertise in developing or delivering content for fire protection engineering or other related credentialing examinations. The subcommittee is responsible for developing, promoting and delivering tools to prepare candidates for the U.S. engineering licensure examination and other credentialing examinations. Subcommittee members cannot be involved in PE exam development activities.

Membership and Chapter Relations (CMC)

  • A new Chair and more members for the Membership Growth and Advocacy Subcommittee. This subcommittee is responsible for looking at ways to recruit new SFPE members through campaigns and marketing. This subcommittee also is responsible for reviewing member services and benefits to ensure that SFPE has a strong value proposition to ensure retention of members.
  • Members for the Awards Subcommittee. This subcommittee reviews the nominations and makes selection of awards for final approval by the Board of Directors.

Outreach and Advocacy (COA)

  • Members for the Interdisciplinary Advocacy Subcommittee. Working with other organizations, fire protection and tangential groups is important to growing SFPE and raising awareness of fire protection engineering. Join this group to help foster our relationships with other fire protection and building professionals. There is always room for new ideas and increasing the reach so other industries know when to involve a fire protection engineer for the best-quality project.
  • Members for the Public Policy Subcommittee. Are you interested in how regulations affect fire protection? Participate with this group, which helps have an impact on the policies of SFPE and regulations related to fire protection.
  • Members for the Public Policy – Residential Fire and Life Safety Subcommittee. This is a newer task group that is looking for active, energetic people to advocate for residential fire and life safety. Join to leave your mark on making homes safer for everyone.
  • Members for the Student Outreach Subcommittee. Do you want to reach out to the next generation? This group has many projects aimed at reaching students (of all ages). Help plan the next outreach event. Maybe you want to contribute to the future SFPE student competition. The more participation, the more students who become interested in fire protection engineering.

Professional Qualifications (CPQ)

  • Members for the Higher Education Subcommittee. In 2018, the Fire Protection Engineering Technology bachelor of science model curriculum will be updated. Join the conversation and bring your voice to ensuring that higher education reflects the environment students will work in upon graduation.
  • Members for the Professional Competency and Credentialing Subcommittee. The pathways to a career in fire protection are many. Join this group to help document the minimum competencies to be a fire protection engineer. In addition, help grow credentialing programs that can differentiate a fire protection engineering so quality installations can be achieved around the world.

Research, Tools & Methods (RTM)

  • Members for the Subcommittee on Codes and Standards Liaison’s (SCCSL) NFPA Working Group. The SCCSL is composed of members interested in promoting the use of fire safety engineering data, tools and methods in building codes and standards. The SCCSL is responsible for facilitating adoption of SFPE standards and guides into building regulations, codes and standards.

    Specifically, the NFPA Working Group is responsible for determining how SFPE should get involved, who should get involved and what this involvement should be in the NFPA process.


To fulfill our vision of being the leaders in engineering a fire-safe world, we need the best skills, passion and varied perspectives to build an energetic, inclusive and innovative corps of volunteer leaders.

You may review detailed opportunities online. If there is an opportunity that interests you, complete and submit the Standing Committee Volunteer form to indicate your interest in lending your expertise to this collective effort. You should select which committee you are requesting to serve on. Once approved by the Board of Directors, you will be assigned to a specific subcommittee or task group by the Committee Chair. All appointments are for three years.

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