EUROPEAN CHAPTERS COORDINATION GROUP (ECCG) President's Viewpoint
Fire safety engineering is becoming a natural part of the European building process, many countries have permitted a performance-based design approach in their specific national building codes, this was a necessary step as it was shown that strict code compliant approach is in many cases was not sufficient. This evolution in the building process requires educated professionals with specific knowledge regarding fire safety.
In Europe, SFPE has created a strong network of professionals that works towards a greater recognition of the fire safety engineering profession within the industry and maybe more importantly to introduce a way for the industry to get an understanding and more knowledge about fire engineering; how it is used, by who, when and the benefits it can bring to a project.
One of the initiatives to help us to do that is this magazine, it was considered to be of great benefit to create a SFPE Fire safety engineering magazine with a European approach. It will no doubt take us some time to shape it in such a way that we are pleased with it but I must say that with this first issue we have come a long way towards our goal.
Our aim is to give the reader a taste or maybe more correctly a view of the many different shades of fire safety engineering, we will have articles with very different themes but all with a strong connection to the profession. I would specifically like to mention two of the articles in this issue; the first one is based on a white paper that the European Chapters Coordination Group (ECCG) has produced during this year, it is a position paper that highlights the need for appropriate qualification of fire safety engineering practitioners in Europe, and recommends action to proceed to achieve this. This is no doubt a very important subject and I believe the article touches the very base of what is needed to progress this further. The second article is of an academic nature but has a very strong link to the industry, it discusses the many different methods for smoke calculations that exists and the effect the choice of method has on the results. The research is based on full scale testing and different methods of validation of the same. This has always been and still is a very hot topic among the fire safety practitioners; I am convinced that the article will make a strong impression and it will hopefully also make a few us out there think twice before we perform smoke control calculations.
Many people have been put in a lot of time and effort to make this happen and the result is from my point of view a success. Thank you all who made this possible.
I hope you will enjoy this first issue of our European SFPE magazine.
Jimmy Jönsson. ECCG President