The summer holidays are now long forgotten by most of us and its time to enjoy the autumn/winter, and specifically our Q3 issue of the magazine. This issue is coming to you a bit later than normal but finally we are ready to issue.

There is specifically one of the articles I would like to touch upon a little bit more, our fist article. This article will give you a bit of insight to a problem that we as engineers do not see firsthand and we are rarely doing any type of design work or similar to tackle it. Social injustice and the hurdles that are there for some people are actually putting them in a higher risk group, from a fire point of view, when compared to the rest of the population. The article is focused on US but I am convinced that this is an international problem.

I firmly believe that it is important that we as SFPE also focus and show these types of problems, fire can affect anyone and anywhere. We have just celebrated the Annual Conference & Expo and the opening keynote speech “Systems & Safety: An Equity Perspective” by Adam K. Thiel, Fire Commissioner, Philadelphia Fire Department, was touching upon this very issue. I am sure that it was an eye opener for most of us there.

Back to the articles, as always there is a wide spread of topics, please have a look and read the ones that you believe will be useful or just interesting to you.

If there are readers out there that feel that you have an important subject that you would like to share with the industry do not hesitate to contact us, we can make that happen.

As always, a great thanks to the people who have put in a lot of time and effort to make this issue a reality.

The next issue will come in December.

Yours sincerely,


 Jimmy Jönsson, Managing Editor