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Energize Your Professional Edge with SFPE Seminars This April

Thursday, February 21, 2019  
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Revive your energy and interest in new skills after a hard winter. Renew your growing professional knowledge through the spring 2019 seminars from SFPE on a variety of practical topics, including Understanding Human Behavior in Fires and Performance-Based Design and the Codes, April 23-24 in Ottawa, Canada.

The Understanding Human Behavior in Fires seminar on April 23 provides an overview of predicting human behavior during a fire emergency. This is one of the most-challenging areas of fire protection engineering, but understanding and considering human factors is essential to designing effective evacuation systems and ensuring safety during a fire and related emergency events.

Participants will learn how to:

  • Understand the types of characteristics that may influence occupant performance, reaction and movement in an emergency
  • Understand the theory and process of individuals or groups of occupants taking protective actions during a building fire
  • Understand how fire effluents can incapacitate people
  • Develop occupant behavioral scenarios as part of a performance-based design
  • Understand the basic concepts of occupant movement and how to estimate time for occupants to move to safety or refuge
  • Understand how to select methods of calculating egress
  • Understand sources of uncertainty in human behavior analysis
  • Understand how people process emergency warning information and examine factors that may inhibit the process
  • Know the factors in using evacuation, relocation and protect-in-place strategies when deciding how to safeguard building occupants during fire emergencies

Participants will be assessed by taking a written exam. A passing score of 70% is required to receive a Certificate of Completion. Each participant who completes the course qualifies for 7 PDHs or .7 CEUs and will receive a Certificate of Completion.

Learning by doing is best! Limited seats left, so please register as soon as possible.

FOR BEST PRICING, REGISTER BY: Friday, April 5, 2019.


The Performance-Based Design and the Codes seminar on April 24 provides an overview of the SFPE Engineering Guide to Performance-Based Fire Protection, which identifies methods for defining a project scope; developing goals, objectives and performance criteria; selecting design fire scenarios and design fires; developing and evaluating trial designs; and preparing design documentation. The course also covers emerging issues related to Performance-Based Design (PBD), such as incorporating Risk Informed Methods in PBD; selecting an appropriate fire model; estimating required safe egress time (RSET); using performance-based design in tall buildings, long tunnels, structural fire engineering and ITM for fire protection systems; and conducting peer review for a performance-based design.

Participants will learn how to:

  • Define the process outlined in the SFPE Engineering Guide to Performance-Based Fire Protection
  • Formulate fire safety goals and objectives for a given project Differentiate and apply types of acceptance criteria
  • Estimate design fires
  • Contrast the differences between deterministic and probabilistic approaches
  • Identify the steps in selecting a fire model for a given application
  • Estimate REST
  • Outline the steps in performing a structural fire engineering analysis
  • Know fire safety issues in tall buildings and long tunnels
  • Identify how to conduct a peer review for a PBD project
  • Explain how to implement a performance-based ITM program for fire protection systems

Participants will be assessed by taking a written exam. A passing score of 70% is required to receive a Certificate of Completion. Each participant who completes the course qualifies for 7 PDHs or .7 CEUs and will receive a Certificate of Completion.

Learning by doing is best! Limited seats left, so please register as soon as possible.

FOR BEST PRICING, REGISTER BY: Friday, April 5, 2019.




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