BETHESDA, MD – June 23, 2011 – Fire protection engineering is a unique profession that focuses on protecting people, property and the environment from the ravages of fire, especially during the prominent summer fire season. But the Society of Fire Protection Engineers says almost all of it happens out of sight of the general public.
- Evaluate buildings to pinpoint the risks of fires and the means to prevent them
- Design building systems that: detect fires, control the spread of fires, control the movement of smoke and provide a safe means for building occupants to exit a building
- Conduct fire safety research on consumer products and construction materials
- Investigate fires to discover how they spread, why protective measures failed and how those measures could have been designed more effectively
According to the Society of Fire Protection Engineers, a fire protection engineer applies science and engineering principles to protect people, homes, workplaces, the economy and the environment from the devastating effects of fires.
Organized in 1950, the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE) is the professional organization that represents engineers engaged in fire protection worldwide. Through its membership of over 5,000 professionals and 65 international chapters, SFPE advances the science and practice of fire protection engineering while maintaining a high ethical standard. SFPE and its members serve to make the world a safer place by reducing the burden of unwanted fire through the application of science and technology.