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The Profession of Fire Protection Engineering

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  1. The Profession of Fire Protection Engineering

  2. What is a Fire Protection Engineer? Use Science & Technology to Make Our World Safe from Fire

  3. How Do FPEs Make Us Safe From Fire ? • Design Safer Buildings • Review Design Documents • Evaluate Buildings to Pinpoint Risks • Conduct Fire Safety Research • Investigate Fires

  4. Why Are FPEs Important? Each Year in the US: • > 3,000 Die • > 18,000 Injured • > $10 Billion Property Damage • 100 F/Fs Die West Warwick, RI February 20, 2003

  5. Business Interruption Los Angeles, CA 1988 Philadelphia, PA 1991

  6. The Power of Fire

  7. How Do FPEs Make Us Safe From Fire ? • Design Safer Buildings • Review Design Documents • Evaluate Buildings to Pinpoint Risks • Conduct Fire Safety Research • Investigate Fires

  8. Designing Safer Buildings • Analyze How Buildings Are Used • How Fires Start and Grow • How Fire & Smoke Affects People & Property • Design Systems that: • Control Fires • Alert People to Danger • Means for Escape • Protect Structure

  9. Where Do FPEs Work? • Consulting firms • Architectural/Engineering Firms • Fire protection system manufacturers • Fire marshal offices • Building code officials • Corporations • Fire departments • Insurance firms • Academia • Research • Federal, state and local governments 

  10. What Kind of Projects?

  11. Despite Economic Downturn Demand for FPEs Exceeds Available Supply • Graduates Rarely Have Trouble Finding Employment – Many Grads Receive Multiple Job Offers • Top Employers Indicate Trouble Finding Qualified FPEs

  12. About the Demand “The demand for fire protection engineers continues to outpace the supply. This imbalance in demand makes it very challenging for employers to recruit qualified engineers.” Ray Grill, a Principal with Arup Fire

  13. Variety of Work “There are so many different things to do. I'm involved with everything -- a huge variety of tasks. I'm never stuck behind a desk" Vidar Landa, Fire Protection Engineer, SchirmerEngineering Corporation.

  14. Opportunities for World Travel “In my first job, I spent my first five years traveling internationally, so I got to see a lot of cool places” Tony Caro, Fire Prevention Bureau & Investigation Division for City of Denver.

  15. FPEs Make the World a Better Place! "I feel there's a big reason why I go to work each morning. It gives me an incredible sense of purpose“ Stacey Welch, Fire Protection Engineer Marriott International

  16. “The one thing that really pulled me into the field was the human element, knowing that the work that we do impacts the life safety of people in a building” -Teresa Chung

  17. Guide to Careers http://Magazine.sfpe.org/careers

  18. SFPE.ORG

  19. THANK YOU! For more information go to: SFPE.org Or contact Chris at chris@sfpe.org