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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.

Archived Webinars

Recordings of previous webinars are available to members here.


Thursday, April 25, 2019 11:00 am Eastern Time (-04:00 GMT)

Sprinkler Protection of Storage Updates & Research from NFPA

Presented by David Hague, Principle Engineer - Building Fire Protection, NFPA

The protection of stored commodities has long been a concern of the fire protection industry. As the materials being stored have evolved and the height of storage arrangements continue to increase, the requirements in NFPA 13, Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems have also grown and evolved. The 2019 edition of NFPA 13 features a significant re-organization of the entire document including those for protection of storage.


This session will review the fundamental principles of the sprinkler protection of storage including commodity classification, storage arrangements, and the different sprinkler types available for designers. Recently completed and currently ongoing research projects will also be discussed.

Learning Objectives

  • Review the key design principles of providing sprinkler protection for storage
  • Identify the commodity classifications of storage
  • Review the different types of storage arrangements
  • Detail the new layout of the 2019 edition of NFPA 13 and organization of the requirements for storage 
  • Summarize recent research projects that have evaluated sprinkler protection of storage


Monday, April 29, 2019 11:00 am Eastern Time (-04:00 GMT)

Evaluation of Ventilation-Controlled Fires in L-Shaped Training Props

Presented by Joseph Willi, Research Engineer III, UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute (FSRI)

Recent fireground line of duty deaths have highlighted the importance for firefighters to understand ventilation-limited fire dynamics. This need is reflected in the 2013 edition of NFPA 1403: Standard on Live-Fire Training, which includes guidelines for conducting ventilation-limited fire training. This presentation examines the ability of three different fuel loads to produce ventilation-controlled fire conditions within various types of L-shaped training props. Two fuel packages contained wood-based materials to be compliant with NFPA 1403, and the third was composed of modern furnishings.


Experiments were conducted to compare the thermal environments created by fires in L-shaped props with three different wall lining configurations: one that resembled modern residential construction and two fabricated from metal shipping containers with corrugated steel walls. Repeatable ventilation-limited conditions were produced by all three fuel packages in each prop. Furthermore, heat flux and temperature measurements at potential locations of trainees exceeded exposure limits of firefighter PPE during a number of the experiments. Finally, differences between thermal environments generated within the various props, including during scenarios involving interior suppression, will be discussed.


Monday, May 6, 2019 11:00 am Eastern Time (-04:00 GMT)

SFPE Guide to Human Behavior in Fire

Presented by Daniel O’Connor, PE, FSFPE, Vice-President, JENSEN HUGHES

An overview of the 2nd Edition of the SFPE Guide to Human Behavior in fire will be presented. The goal of this expanded 2nd Edition of the Guide is to provide a common introduction to this field for the broad fire safety community: fire protection engineers, design professionals, and code authorities. The public and users of the guide will benefit from a consistent understanding of the factors that influence the responses and behaviors of people when threatened by fire and the application of reliable methodologies to evaluate and estimate human response in buildings and structures. The presentation will review changes from the First Edition of the SFPE Human Behavior Guide and review the nature of the new 2nd Edition content for subjects as occupant behavioral scenarios, toxicity assessment, visibility-in-smoke guidance, emergency management of building occupants, emergency notification/messaging; and, egress model selection, validation and verification.


Monday, May 13, 2019 11:00 am Eastern Time (-04:00 GMT)

California’s October 2017 Wildfires: What Happened, and Can We Map Areas Where It Could Happen Again?

Presented by Chris Lautenberger, PhD, PE, Principal Engineer, Reax Engineering Inc.

In 2017, wildland and wildland-urban interface (WUI) fires burned around 10,000 structures in California. This presentation will provide an overview of California’s October 2017 fires and discuss contributing factors such as land use/development, fuels, weather, and topography. A methodology to map areas where similarly damaging fires may occur in the future using Monte Carlo Simulation will be reviewed. This methodology uses high-resolution numerical weather prediction and wildland fire modeling to simulate the spread of millions of hypothetical fires under historical wind/weather conditions and quantify impacts to structures. Very good correlation between areas identified as high risk and historical occurrence of damaging fires is observed, indicating that the methodology is capable of identifying areas where damaging fires may occur in the future.




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