The Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE) was established in 1950 and incorporated as a not-for-profit membership organization in 1971. It is the world's leading professional society representing those practicing in the field of fire protection and fire safety engineering. The Society has over 4,700 members and 104 chapters, including 21 student chapters worldwide.
SFPE serves its members and the profession through quality education; the development of the FPE Handbook, engineering standards and guidelines; research; conferences and publications; and outreach and advocacy. The Society also plays a critical role in supporting the development of the Professional Engineer (PE) licensing exam in fire protection and the grading of those exams under the auspices of the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES).
Our Business | 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, to reduce fire risk.
Our Impact | Vision
The leaders in engineering a fire safe world.
In 1989 David Lucht, P.E., wrote a comprehensive summary in the Journal of Fire Protection Engineering titled, "Coming of Age," which captures the history and development of fire protection engineering from the late 1800's to late 80s as well as the origins of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers and its role in defining the discipline.
The SFPE 2019 Annual Report provides a look at the Society's highlights from the past year. Additionally, click here to view the recording of the 2019 Annual Report webinar.