Fire Risk Assessment

This complimentary course is presented by SFPE to improve the understanding of fire risk assessment and how it can be used to reduce the loss of life and property to fire.

This five hour equivalent course is presented free of charge by SFPE. Development of the course was supported by a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, U.S. Department of Homeland Security. This course was developed primarily for fire service and fire prevention officers, but may be of value to many engineers and students would like to understand fire risk assessment and presented by William E. Koffel, Jr., P.E. The full course consists of 19 lecture sessions each of which can be viewed in about 15 minutes. Each lecture is accessed by clicking on the title in the list below.

SFPE Resources

Engineering Guide to Fire Risk Assessment

SFPE developed and published an Engineering Guide to Fire Risk Assessment. Some students may find this a valuable reference, but it is not required to gain the full benefit from the Introduction to Fire Risk Assessment Course.

The SFPE Engineering Guide to Fire Risk Assessment provides a methodology for conducting fire risk assessments. The guide is applicable to situations where new designs are being developed to mitigate the fire risk in a building or facility, or where the risk present in an existing building or facility is being evaluated to determine if it is acceptable. The guide addresses the following topics: definition of project scope and goals, setting risk acceptability thresholds, developing fire scenarios and scenario clusters, data for risk analysis, frequency analysis, consequence analysis, risk estimation, uncertainty analysis, risk evaluation and documentation.

Click here to purchase the Engineering Guide to Fire Risk Assessment. (Buyers need to login to receive discounted member prices. Non-member prices are given without a login.) Enter Fire Risk in the Item Name box to go directly to this publication.


Continuing Education Credits

Those who complete the course may wish to have 5 Professional Development Hours (PDHs) awarded to them by SFPE in recognition of their achievement. SFPE can award PDHs to those who complete the attached examination, and answer at least 70 percent of the questions correctly. To receive a certificate of course completion and award of 5 PDHs, mail (1) completed application, (2) the completed course examination and (3) payment for the $99.00 USD examination grading fee:

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