Dear SFPE Europe Members,

Welcome to the first 2024 issue of SFPE Europe Magazine. This marks my debut contribution as the European Chair, and I'm thrilled to provide a brief update. First, I would like to thank the previous Chairman, David Grossman, for a job well done during a pivotal period for SFPE Europe. SFPE Europe has now solidified its role in promoting fire safety engineering in the European context.

The SFPE Fire Safety Conference & Expo on Performance-Based Design is fast approaching. From April 17-19, the 15th global conference on this topic will be held in Copenhagen, featuring a captivating program. If you haven't registered yet, please do so!

For my inaugural contribution, I'd like to revisit SFPE Europe's mission, as it forms the foundation of our activities:

SFPE Europe is leading the profession as a neutral, international non-profit organization to define, develop, and advance the use of fire engineering, fire protection engineering, and fire safety engineering best practices; expand the scientific and technical knowledge base; and educate the global fire safety community, in order to reduce fire risk.”

The significance of fire safety engineering has never been more pronounced, particularly as we are evolving to a more environmentally friendly society in an accelerating transformation. Our collective efforts within SFPE are crucial in this regard – together, we can make a difference!

I look forward to meeting you in Copenhagen!

Robert McNamee

SFPE Europe Chair