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The Hawaii Chapter is part of the international Society of Fire Protection Engineers. Our goal is to advance the science and practice of fire protection engineering in Hawaii, to maintain a high ethical standard among our members, and to foster fire protection engineering education in Hawaii. To learn more about the Society of Fire Protection Engineers, or about fire protection engineering, please visit the International SFPE HomePage. To contact the Hawaii Chapter, go to

Fire & Life Safety Design of Very Tall Buildings and Understanding Human Behaviors in Fires Seminar

The Hawaii Chapter of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers is sponsoring these two excellent one-day seminars through a special arrangement with the International Society of Fire Protection Engineers.

These are not code seminars. Both seminars will present current fire protection engineering concepts that can be used in advanced performance-based designs.

Day 1 - Fire and Life Safety Design of Very Tall Buildings:
This one day seminar will explore a wide range of fire and life safety challenges associated with very tall buildings and strategies to address them. The topics and sequence will generally follow those embodied in the SFPE Engineering Guide: Fire Safety for Very Tall Buildings. Content includes an overview of fire events in tall buildings, highlighting issues of concern and lessons learned. Emerging trends in very tall building design, which may have implications for fire and life safety performance, will be discussed.

Day 2 - Understanding Human Behavior in Fires:
The course will focus on modeling human behavior in fire and will include a discussion on the development and selection of occupant behavioral scenarios. The course will also discuss the many considerations that affect the choice of a particular calculation approach or model, such as project data needed, model input data needed, complexity of scenario(s), detail of output needed, and need to assess the impact of behavioral assumptions. The seminar will address fire situation management and will include discussions on enhancing human response to emergency notification and messaging and managing the movement of occupants during fire emergencies.

Instructor: Chris Jelenewicz, PE, FSFPE, Technical Director for the Society of Fire Protection Engineers. Mr. Jelenewicz is Editor-in-Chief for the upcoming 6th edition of the SFPE Fire Protection Engineering Handbook. He is also chair of the NFPA 101 Technical Committee on Fundamentals.

Date: Tuesday February 12 and Wednesday February 13, 2019
Time: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Location: Hale Ikena, Fort Shafter Golf Clubhouse
Click here for a Map to the Hale Ikena Golf Clubhouse at Fort Shafter
Parking is available at no charge.

Cost: $200 per person

Registration: Please register at

Fire & Life Safety Design of Very Tall Buildings and Understanding Human Behaviors in Fires Seminar Seminar brochure

For more information, please contact Sam Dannaway, Program Chair, Hawaii Chapter SFPE
Telephone: (808) 529-9019

Proposed Revisions to SFPE Hawaii Chapter Constitution and Bylaws

The Executive Committee of the Hawaii Chapter of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers is proposing changes to the constitution and bylaws. A draft of the proposed revisions can be viewed on the Constitution and Bylaws page.
State of Hawaii adopts the 2012 NFPA 1 Fire Code

Effective August 15, 2014 the State of Hawaii adopted the 2012 NFPA 1 Fire Code with amendments.

Click on the following links to view the State of Hawaii amendments.
State of Hawaii amendments to the 2012 NFPA 1 Fire Code

In Memoriam

Joseph R. Condlin, 69, passed away January 13, 2014 at the Queen's Medical Center. He served 40 plus years with the Navy and retired as the Fire Protection Branch Manager at Naval Facilities Engineering Command Pacific. Joe was a Professional Member of SFPE Hawaii.

Richard "Rick" M. Moss, 64, passed away March 22, 2014 at home after a courageous battle with throat cancer. He was an electrical engineer and founded Moss Engineering in 1994. Rick was a Professional Member of SFPE Hawaii.

Our throughts and prayers are with their families.
SFPE Hawaii creates new Professional Practice Committee

The broad purpose of the committee with be to deal with issues affecting practicing fire protection engineers on both a local, national, and international basis. Topics with which Hawaii SFPE is currently involved that would fall under the purview of this committee would be professional licensing issues, support of the FPE PE Exam, and PE Exam Preparation. A new initiative to be undertaken by this committee will be to liaison with agencies that use fire protection engineering services. Through this liaison SFPE Hawaii will address issues affecting our members with the goal of improving the level of fire protection engineering services provided to all. Participation will not be limited to SFPE members.

Please contact Sam Dannaway if you are interested in participating on the Professional Practice Committee.

SFPE Proposal for specialty certification programs

The SFPE Board of Directors is currently studying the need for specialty certification programs in practice areas of fire protection engineering. If implemented, a specialty certification program would be designed for professional engineers who want to demonstrate a higher level of fire protection engineering specialization within specific practice areas. The purpose of this program would be to effectively measure an individual's capability to perform a specific task. For example, possible practice areas of certification could include sprinkler system design, fire alarm system design, computer fire modeling, structural fire protection, and performance based design.

SFPE woudl like your opinion. If you feel there is, or is not, a public need for specialty certification programs in practice areas for professional engineers who work in fire protection engineering, please send your opinions to Chris Jelenewicz at SFPE.

SFPE Corporate 100 Program

The SFPE Corporate 100 Program was founded in 1976 to strengthen the relationship between industry and the fire protection engineering community. Membership in the program recognizes those who support the objectives of SFPE and have a genuine concern for the safety of life and property from fire.

Click here to learn more about the SFPE Corporate 100 Program.

SFPE Educational & Scientific Foundation

The mission of the SFPE Foundation is to advance the science and practice of fire protection engineering internationally by advocating and supporting engineering research, technology transfer and education. Formerly known as the SFPE Educational & Scientific Foundation (E&SF) which was founded in 1979, the goals of the SFPE Foundation remain the same.

Click on the link below to learn more about the SFPE Foundation and how you can help to support the Foundation.

SFPE Foundation Webpage

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The University of Maryland Department of Fire Protection Engineering, one of the few places in the world offering degrees in fire protection engineering, announces a new, Web-based fire protection option under its existing Professional Master of Engineering program. Designed with the working engineer in mind, the program features a curriculumrich in the latest scientific and technological principles and practices needed to advance your career.

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Everything you need to get started is at Master in Fire Protection Engineering Online