|The Future of Fire Protection Engineering Magazine|
A Message from SFPE President Michael J. Madden on the Future of Fire Protection Engineering Magazine
In 1950, a group of fire protection engineers banded together and established SFPE as a component of NFPA. Sixty-five years later, SFPE has grown to be a thriving independent professional society made up of more than 4,000 members across more than 80 countries, all of whom are actively working towards SFPE’s vision of being the leaders in engineering a fire safe world.
For the past 15 years, SFPE has partnered with Penton to publish Fire Protection Engineering magazine. This partnership enabled SFPE to publish a high-quality technical publication at a time when the Society did not have the resources to self-publish. We are grateful to Penton for helping us grow Fire Protection Engineering into a resource valued by many within the fields of fire protection and life safety.
In 2014, SFPE’s Board of Directors developed a dynamic strategic plan for the organization aimed at strengthening the Society’s value proposition to members. One of the tenets of SFPE’s value proposition, as defined in the new strategic plan, is "SFPE is the source for related technical knowledge and information.” Fire Protection Engineering, as the official magazine of SFPE, is one of the cornerstones of this information exchange. The members of the Fire Protection Engineering Advisory Board and the Technical Editor, Chris Jelenewicz, work hard to develop content for the magazine; it only serves to reason that the resulting high-quality content should be available to those equally invested in helping SFPE achieve its mission: its members.
Accordingly, after 15 years of delivering the magazine to anyone interested in fire protection and fire safety engineering, starting with the Q1 issue in 2016, SFPE has decided to make Fire Protection Engineering magazine a members-only benefit.
If you’re already a member of SFPE, you will continue to receive the magazine as you always have. If you’re not yet a member, we hope that you value the news and information in Fire Protection Engineering enough to join SFPE so you’ll be able to continue receiving the magazine in 2016 and beyond. Fire Protection Engineering will continue to be the only magazine written and peer-reviewed by fire protection and fire safety engineers, delivering quality technical content and product information about the latest trends and topics in the field. Additionally, with the launch of the newly designed magazine in 2016, it will also include new features such as member profiles, feature articles, SFPE member news and more. SFPE will also be offering members a digital edition of the magazine that can be viewed on all mobile devices and tablets.
SFPE relies on the support of its members to achieve its 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, in order to reduce fire risk. It’s a mission that matters to me, personally, and one that I hope also matters enough to you that, if you’re not already a member, you’ll consider joining now. By doing so, not only will you continue to receive Fire Protection Engineering and have access to the many other benefits of membership, you’ll become an integral part of the largest professional society dedicated exclusively to fire protection and fire safety engineering.
Thank you for your readership, and I hope you’ll join us on this journey – if you haven’t already – to making our world a fire safe place.
Michael Madden, PE, FSFPE