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Human Behavior in Fire Task Group


The Task Group on Human Behavior will develop guidance on accounting for human behavior in engineered fire protection design. Topics to be considered include response to cues, pre-movement activities, predicting egress time and the effects of hazardous conditions on human behavior.

Current Activity

The SFPE Human Behavior Task Group is seeking public comments on the 1st draft of the SFPE Guide to Human Behavior in Fire, 2nd edition

Besides updating all the good information from the 1st edition, the new version will include information on:

a)        Incapacitating Effects of Fire Effluent & Toxicity Analysis Methods

b)        Occupant Behavioral Scenarios

c)         Movement Models and Behavioral Models

d)        Egress Model Selection, Verification, and Validation

e)        Estimation of Uncertainty and Use of Safety Factors

f)          Enhancing Human Response to Emergency Notification and Messaging

To view the document or download a comment form, please click the URL below:



Please submit one comment form for each comment to:

·      SFPE Technical Director at

·      Or fax to 240-328-6225

·      Or mail to SFPE Technical Director, 9711 Washingtonian Blvd, Suite 380, Gaithersburg, MD 20878, USA.  

All comments require a substantiation to be considered.

The deadline to submit comments is December 21, 2017. 

If you have any questions, please contact SFPE Technical Director Chris Jelenewicz, P.E., FSFPE at

Completed Products

SFPE Engineering Guide to Human Behavior in Fire

Committee Members

Name Employer
Daniel J. O'Conner, P.E., FSFPE (chair)
Justin Biller, P.E.
Emerson Graham + Associates
Steve Dryden, P.E.
Rita Fahy, Ph.D.
Richard G. Gann, Ph.D.
NIST, (Retired)
Simon Goodhead, P.E., CEng
Norman Groner, Ph.D.
John Jay College
Steve Gwynne, Ph.D.
National Research Council Canada
Bryan Hoskins, Ph.D.
Oklahoma State University
Michael Kinsey, Ph.D.
Erica D. Kuligowski, Ph.D
Jamie McAllister, Ph.D.
Hidemi Omori
David A. Purser, Ph.D.
Hartford Environmental Research
Steven Strege, P.E.


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