The Society of Fire Protection Engineers

defines, develops, and advances the use of engineering best practices; expands the scientific and technical knowledge base; and educates the global fire safety community to reduce fire risk.

SFPE Europe

We are excited to announce the establishment of SFPE Europe. The official royal decree was issued in September and work is now underway to set up operations.

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New Publication Release

The Sprinkler Hydraulics: A Guide to Fire System Hydraulic Calculations, 3rd edition by Harold S. Wass Jr and updated by Russ Fleming is now available.

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Upcoming Events & Education

  • Monday

    Sprinkler Hydraulics - The 3rd Edition

    Member Monday Series

    Jan 25, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM (ET)
    Presented by: Russ Fleming, PE, FSFPE

  • Tuesday

    The Under-40 Future: Confronting Generational Orthodoxy in The Turbulent Twenties

    Member Monday Series

    Jan 26, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM (ET)

    Presented by: Jeff DeCagna, FRSA, FASAE

  • Monday
  • Monday

    Advanced Fire Dynamic Simulator (FDS) with PyroSim


    Feb 15 - Mar 12, (ET)

    Course Description

    This virtual seminar is derived from the SFPE 4-day Advanced FDS and Smoke View program. Attendees will be led through advanced techniques in using the Fire Dynamics Simulator (FDS) modeling, Pryosim and Smokeview visualization softwares. The course is intended for current users of FDS who are comfortable creating simple FDS input files from scratch without assistance. The course consists of many short modules covering specific topics. Each module includes a lecture section and a workshop section in which the student works example problems on a personal laptop computer.

    Learning Objectives 

    Upon completion the participant should understand:

    • Complex geometry
    • HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning) networks
    • Tracking gas species through the domain
    • Implementing pre and post flashover fires
    • Pyrolysis modeling and flame spread
    • Advanced topics in combustion
    • Creating and removing obstructions
    • Smoke detectors and sprinklers
    • Grid transformations
    • Advanced Smokeview techniques: custom iso-surfaces, texture mapping, render files, and cadview.
    • Basics of the Graphical User Interface program, PyroSim

    Each student should have an understanding of fire dynamics, heat transfer, and fluid dynamics theory to
    gather the greatest understanding possible from the course. Each student should be able to develop
    FDS input files, develop design fire scenarios, and review FDS results using Smokeview without

    Professional Development Hours

    A certificate of 2.2 CEUs/22 PDH will be offered. Upon completion of a post-test attendees will be awarded a certificate of attendance

  • Monday

    Fire and Life Safety Design of Very Tall Buildings: Challenges and Strategies


    Mar 15 - 19, (ET)

    Course Description

    This program is derived from our 1 day in person seminar, will explore a wide range of fire and life safety challenges associated with very tall buildings and strategies to address them. To enhance learning, attendees will be asked to participate in simple, qualitative hazard, risk or reliability analyses, fire and life safety strategy development for representative building configurations and fire scenarios, and fire safety management and evacuation planning exercises. Due to time constraints there will be no quantitative or computational analyses. The topics and sequence will generally follow those embodied in the SFPE Engineering Guide: Fire Safety for Very Tall Buildings. Content includes an overview of fire events in tall buildings, highlighting issues of concern and lessons learned. Emerging trends in very tall building design, which may have implications for fire and life safety performance, will be discussed.

    Learning Objectives

    Upon completion of this seminar, the participant will be able to
    • Identify the potential impacts of new and emerging technologies and design features on fire and life safety performance in very tall buildings,
    • Explain how hazard, risk and reliability analysis can help identify and assess scenarios of concern and potential mitigation options,
    • Explain the roles that occupant risk perception and situation awareness might have on the selection and operation of defend in place and evacuation strategies,
    • Distinguish the impact of building design decisions on factors such as smoke control, fire spread and structural fire resiliency,
    • Understand systems reliability and robustness issues,


    Who will benefit: Experience Level Intermediate
    FPEs, Architectural, Civil, Structural, Mechanical and Electrical Engineers, Insurers, Fire Safety Managers, Fire Service Personnel.

    Course Assessment
    Participants will be assessed via a written test. A passing score of 70% will be required to obtain a Certificate of Completion.

    Professional Development Hours
    Upon completion each participant qualifies for 7 PDHs or .7 CEUs. A Certificate of Attendance will be awarded.

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Why You Should Join SFPE as a Member Today

Joining SFPE is the most important connection a current or future fire protection engineer can make.

SFPE offers members the resources they need to excel in their careers, stay on top of the latest industry developments and research, and connect with the best minds in fire protection and fire safety engineering. SFPE membership gives you the edge you need to take charge of your career and work toward our common goal of engineering a fire safe world.


Earn credits, advance your career

  • SFPE membership includes complimentary webinars offered as Member Monday Webinars held multiple times monthly to give you timely insight and valuable guidance on a wide range of topics affecting the profession, as well as the ability to earn PDHs. Membership also grants you access to the archives, available on-demand to view on any device. 

Exclusive Member Discounts

  • In addition to exclusive access to educational resources, technical publications, and other member-only benefits, membership offers valuable discounts on the following:
    • 40% discount on most publications
    • 75% discount ($299, list price $1,199) on the SFPE Handbook of Fire Protection Engineering, Fifth Edition 
    • Up to 20% off conferences and continuing education programs 

Networking Opportunities

  • Members say networking opportunities are one of the most valuable member benefits. Collaborate with the best and brightest in the profession by volunteering on a standing committee, participating in webinars and seminars, joining a special interest group, or attend a global conference.

  • Augment your local chapter affiliation with membership to build a global peer network.


Fire Protection Engineering Magazine

This SFPE flagship publication is the only magazine written for and by fire protection engineers, exclusively to members. Published quarterly, Fire Protection Engineering features articles on timely topics and challenging issues facing the profession. It is available in print and digital format.

Fire Technology Journal


Fire Technology is the international, peer-reviewed quarterly journal of SFPE and National Fire Protection Association. It covers a range of fire safety science and engineering topics in industrial, operational, cultural and environmental settings.

Available at springer.com

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SFPE is an ANSI accredited standards developer and in a continuing effort to advance and improve fire safety engineering practice, SFPE develops fire protection engineering standards and engineering guides that will provide fire protection engineers access to current information and practices in today’s evolving world.

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