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SFPE Webinar Series

With SFPE webinars you can earn Professional Development Hours (PDH) credits: an exclusive series of online technical webinars focused on helping SFPE members and non-members strengthen professional skills and stay on top of industry trends. Professional expert speakers will lead the webinars, highlighting top technical content that is essential for keeping your skills up to par.

Earning Professional Development Hours (PDHs) are only granted to individuals who have registered through the GoToWebinar and attend the live webinar and are logged in for 50 minutes longer. Group participation will not be awarded PDHs.

Upcoming Webinars

SFPE webinars are live, interactive sessions that connect you to experts discussing a variety of topics designed to keep you on top of industry trends. Recordings of previous webinars can be accessed Webinars on Demand

SFPE members can participate in as many webinars as you'd like, as well as the ability to earn 1 PDH per webinar.  You can sign up by clicking the "Register here" below.
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Freeze Protection & UL Listed Antifreeze for Fire Sprinkler Systems

Date: Wednesday, February 19, 2020 

Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 Eastern Time

Presented by: Manuel Silva, Chief Engineer and Fellow, Johnson Controls Fire Suppression Products, JCI

In 2010 the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) introduced restrictions and new requirements for the use of antifreeze in fire sprinkler systems as result of a fire incident involving a sprinkler system that contained a high concentration antifreeze solution.  In addition, NFPA has established a 2022 deadline that will require all antifreeze in use to be replaced with a listed antifreeze.  The development of an antifreeze that can be safely and effectively used in a fire sprinkler system must take into consideration a number of critical factors such as solution stability, material compatibility, fire fighting effectiveness and exposure to fire.  This presentation focuses on the tests and examinations required in order to achieve a listing for use in fire sprinkler systems and how a new listed antifreeze is beneficial to the evolution of the fire sprinkler industry.

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Digitalization: The Unbroken Chain of Information for Fire Safety

Date: Monday, March 2, 2020 

Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 Eastern Time

Presented by: Michael Stromgren, Public Affairs Manager, Briab & Johan Noren, Business Manager, New Technology, Briab

Digitalization is transforming the construction industry globally and is challenging traditional workflows and business models. Fire safety as a small but horizontal discipline has so far been standing at the sidelines but digitalization of fire safety is picking up the pace to meet the needs of regulators and clients. The increased use of BIM and need to secure fire safety from a life cycle perspective creates new challenges for the traditional business models within the fire safety industry.

In this webinar, we will learn of the latest research from Briab from their ongoing research project “the Unbroken Chain of Information for Fire Safety”. The webinar will detail background to why this project is important and what challenges and problems have been identified. For example, the UK proposal to regulate fire safety and require BIM and other measures to secure the golden thread of information for safety will be discussed. From the international perspective, differences in regulatory systems will be examined in relation to digitalization, e.g. the role of code-compliance vs a performance-based approach.

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Resiliency - Consideration Beyond Code Requirements 

Date: Tuesday, March 31st, 2020

Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 Eastern Time

Presented by: Shamim Rashid-Sumar, PE, FSFPE, Vice President, NRMCA

Prescriptive building code requirements represent provisions for the least safe structure that may legally be built in a jurisdiction.  Over the past 20 years, the building design and construction industry has witnessed an increase in the number of trade offs of passive fire safety features for active systems. As natural disasters attributed to climate change continue to escalate, the population of neighborhoods located along the wildland urban interface increases, and fire and emergency access to buildings in densely populated areas is obstructed, multiple drivers arise to consider more robust construction for our built environment. The presentation will provide an overview of increased risks from natural and human hazards, identify approaches to mitigate their effects through voluntary and mandatory strategies, and demonstrate the importance of incorporating standards for resiliency beyond minimum code requirements. 

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Fires and Urban Growth – A South African Case Study

Date: Monday, April 6th, 2020 

Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 Eastern Time

Presented by: David Rush, Lecturer in Structural Engineering, University of Edinburgh

Fires in lower- middle- income countries account for 95% of the estimated 150,000 annual deaths around the world, and cause large levels of morbidity with over 10M Disability Adjusted Life Years lost each year. Fires in LMICs can be very large with hundreds, if not thousands, of homes being destroyed in single fire event. These large urban conflagrations predominantly occur in informal settlements (slums/shanty towns) which are typified by the construction of homes using flammable construction material, potentially densely packed, with limited access routes and limited access to water.


This presentation will highlight the global context of the urban fire problem including those who are most at risk, and then turn the focus on the city of Cape Town as a case study and the research findings that the IRIS-Fire team have so far determined, focusing on survey findings, experimental results and the settlement level mapping of risks.

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A Framework for Fire Safety in Informal Settlements

Date: Monday, May 18th, 2020 

Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 Eastern Time

Presented by: Danielle Antonellis, Senior Engineer, Arup

Behind the headlines of conflicts, natural disasters and a rapidly urbanising world, is the parallel story of the growth of informal settlements. Over a billion people live in slums, refugee camps and internally displaced persons camps. When these unplanned and often densely populated areas are hit by a fire, thousands may be affected. There is an urgent need for informal settlement communities to build fire resilience – that is, to improve their ability to survive, adapt and thrive in the face of fire. We developed A Framework for Fire Safety in Informal Settlements to facilitate collaboration and alignment of global fire risk reduction efforts. This framework provides a structured way for stakeholders to engage with the challenge and supports holistic consideration of fire risk reduction for global informal settlements.

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Imaging Through Fire Using Narrow Spectrum Illumination

Date: Monday, August 17th, 2020 

Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 Eastern Time

Presented by: Matthew Hoehler, Research Structural Engineer, NIST; Christopher Smith, Senior Engineer, Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance

This presentation will present a simple and inexpensive method to enhance visibility through flames that allows new opportunities to perform optical metrology in fires. The method combines narrow-spectrum (blue) illumination and matched optical filters to reduce the influence of optical emissions from flames. Compared to white light, the required illumination to detect objects engulfed in flames with this method is reduced approximately four orders of magnitude. After we describe the method words, select applications of the method to a variety of fire experiments will be presented. 

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Promoting Growth While Regulating High Density Development

Date: October 12th, 2020

Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 Eastern Time

Presented by: Jeremy L. McDonald, P.E, Senior Engineer, City of San Antonio & Yungwei Tang, P.E, Senior Engineer, City of San Antonio

The City of San Antonio, a historically low density population city, is one of the fastest growing cities in the country. With an estimated increase of close to 1 million new citizens in a twenty year period, the city is developing new regulatory approaches to better serve its current and future citizens while promoting development and ensuring sound engineering practices. The Building Official and Fire Marshal’s office have implemented multiple new policies to help San Antonio become a developer friendly city while maintaining the safety, energy efficiency, and sustainability required per the adopted codes. This is demonstrated in three case studies highlighting fire safety challenges faced in projects located in downtown San Antonio. The regulatory approaches used by San Antonio, while unique to the challenges faced by its development needs, can be utilized in many building departments across the country.

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Quantifying Vent Gas Production in Lithium-Ion Batteries

Date: Monday, November 9th, 2020 

Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 Eastern Time

Presented by: Robert Kennedy, Graduate Research Assistant, University of Texas at Austin Fire Research Group

This presentation shows methods for measuring the gas release. Pressure vessel experiments with pouch cells were conducted to understand the total and rate of release of vent gas from varying cell capacities, chemistries, and SOCs. Cell arrays were used to understand how the vent gas production evolves as the failure event propagates. This determined how the changing environment in which a cell fails influences the resulting gas production. The calculated rate from the experiments was tested using a CFD model for the vessel to understand the measurements taken as they correspond to the calculated volume production.

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Impact of Ventilation on Fire Patterns in Full-Scale Structure

Date: Monday, December 7th, 2020 

Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 Eastern Time

Presented by: Daniel Madrzykowski, Research Engineer, UL LLC

Changes in home construction materials, contents, and geometry have resulted in changes on the fire scene.  Today, structure fires are predominantly fueled by synthetic fuels and commonly become ventilation-controlled.  How and where the fire receives oxygen impacts the fire dynamics and resulting fire patterns.  This presentation will include videos, photos, and data from full-scale fire experiments conducted at the UL Large Fire Laboratory.   A one-story and a two-story structure were used for the experiments.  The test scenarios ranged from room fires with no exterior ventilation, to room fires with flow paths that connected the fires with remote intake and exhaust vents throughout the structures.  Elevated fires were also examined.  This project was supported by a grant from the U.S. DoJ NIJ.  A tour of the UL FSRI fire investigation web sub-domain will show attendees how to access training, Xplorlabs, and the resulting data from this study. 

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