The Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE) was established in 1950 and incorporated as an independent organization in 1971. It is the professional society representing those practicing the field of fire protection engineering. The Society has over 4,500 members, 73 regional and local chapters, and 16 student chapters worldwide.
The purpose of SFPE is to advance the science and practice of fire protection engineering and its allied fields, to maintain a high ethical standard among its members and to foster fire protection engineering education.
SFPE supports the development of the annual Professional Engineer (P.E.) licensing exam in fire protection and the grading of those exams under the auspices of the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES). Several volunteer standing committees work under the Society’s auspices on technical projects to further advance the state of the profession.
The Society’s activities include a series of educational courses and webinars, technical symposia and conferences, books and publications, standards and guides -- designed to advance the fire protection engineering profession and provide technical information to the fire protection community.
The Society publishes a peer reviewed quarterly Journal, Fire Technology, a quarterly magazine Fire Protection Engineering, a bi-annual digital magazine, SFPE Europe, a monthly issue brief, FPE eXTRA, and a monthly newsletter, SFPeUpdate.
Our Business | Mission
To define, develop, and advance the use of engineering best practices; expand the scientific and technical knowledge base; and educate the global fire safety community, to reduce fire risk.
Our Impact | Vision
The leaders in engineering a fire safe world.
Our Value Proposition
Promote the development, advancement, and application of scientific and engineering principles to safeguarding people, property, mission, heritage, and the environment from the negative impacts of unwanted fire.
- Advocate for the profession.
- Establish the core competencies, roles, and responsibilities for the profession.
- Be the source for related technical knowledge and information.
- Develop and provide tools to aid its members’ continued growth throughout their careers.
- Maintain forums for networking, both locally and globally.
In 1989 David Lucht, P.E., wrote a comprehensive summary in the Journal of Fire Protection Engineering titled, "Coming of Age," which captures the history and development of fire protection engineering from the late 1800's to late 80s as well as the origins of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers and its role in defining the discipline.
The SFPE 2016 Annual Report provides a look at the Society's highlights from the past year.