Central to our events throughout the year is our calendar of dinner meetings. We also host an annual seminar, which has become a New England tradition. In both these events, the Chapter has hosted talks and lectures on leading topics of interest to our profession, providing members and friends of the Chapter with a unique opportunity to keep up-to-date with the constant technological developments in our field. These events are also a great opportunity for participants to socialize with fellow members and network with our peers. Our dinner meetings are held the first Monday of each of the Fall, Winter, and early Spring months. Typically, our meetings are conducted at the Four Points hotel located on Route 1 in Norwood, Mass. Although, occasionally, we take a field trip.

To attend one of our events please register online. If you have questions about this event or upcoming membership dinners, please contact the program chair at

Upcoming events

    • July 20, 2017
    • May 31, 2018
    • SFPE New England

    The New England Chapter of the SFPE solicits financial
    support from corporate sponsors to assist with the costs of the chapter’s annual golf outing, annual seminar, and monthly dinner meetings. All proceeds from these events support the A.L. Brown Scholarship fund, which provides financial assistance to students working towards degrees in Fire Protection Engineering. The support of corporate sponsors compensates for a portion of the costs of running these events, maximizing the financial aid the chapter is able to provide to students. This October, a total of $20,000 will be distributed to six scholarship recipients.

    Our corporate sponsorship program allows our sponsors to provide financial support throughout the chapter year (June 1st to May 31st), and we offer four tiers of sponsorship. Some levels include registrations at the golf outing and seminar, in addition to the opportunity to advertise and exhibit at these events.

    A full description of the sponsorship program is located on the Corporate Sponsorship page.  Details of each tier are described on the Sponsorship Tier page.

    • March 09, 2018
    • 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Massachusetts Firefighting Academy; 1 State Road, Stow, MA
    • 43

    Firefighting 101 with MA Department of Fire Services

    Ever wondered what it would be like to be a firefighter?  Live out your childhood (or adult) dream for a day and participate in SFPE-NEC's field trip to Massachusetts Department of Fire Services - Massachusetts Firefighting Academy!

    This is not a drill! You will listen to a safety briefing and then gear up in full equipment and practice hose advancement, search and rescue, and a live fire event.  The group will be split in two with one session as a classroom activity/seminar learning about fire history and the fire service and the other session as live firefighting training.

    This is an excellent opportunity to better understand the AHJs you interact with on a daily basis.  Work with MFA instructors as they teach you critical firefighting skills.  This opportunity will give you a unique perspective into the operations on the fire ground and will help you understand some of the challenges faced by your local firefighters.  The Massachusetts Firefighting Academy is not traditionally open to non-fire service personnel.  The opportunity to attend this training is rare and we are limited to 50 people in this program.  Please sign up early to guarantee your spot.  Members will have a few extra days to register before non-members.

    Although the cost of the program is higher than traditional dinner meetings, SFPE-NEC is subsidizing some of the registration cost.

    The basic program agenda is the following:

    7:00AM-7:45AM - Registration and Breakfast (Cafe available for your own purchase)

    8:00-9:00 - Introduction and Mandatory Safety Briefing

    9:00AM-12:00PM - Group 1 - Live Firefighting Evolutions; Group 2 - Fire Service Presentations

    12:00PM-12:55PM - Lunch (Provided)

    1:00PM-3:50PM - Group 1 - Fire Service Presentations; Group 2 - Live Firefighting Evolutions

    3:50PM-4:00PM - Closing Remarks

    • April 05, 2018
    • 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Four Points by Sheraton; 1125 Boston-Providence Turnpike; Norwood, MA

    Join us on Thursday, April 5th for the 2018 Annual Fire Protection and Life Safety Seminar! Sessions this year include:

    • Performance-Based Audible Notification by Robert Schifiliti, RPSA
    • Fire Safeguarding Construction: A Collaborative Approach to Implementing NFPA 241 by Peter Harrod, Code Red Consultants and Lt. Chris Towski, Cambridge Fire Department
    • The Unsolved Mystery of the Cocoanut Grove Fire by Casey Grant, NFPA-FPRF
    • Changes in the New Massachusetts Building and Fire Codes by Jake Nunnemacher, MA Department of Fire Services
    • Internet of Things (IOT) and Its Impact on You by Wayne Moore, Jensen Hughes

    The event will start at 7:30AM with coffee, tea, juices, pastries, bagels, fruits, and granola. We will have various breaks throughout the day including a full lunch and afternoon snack break.

    The early registration period ends Thursday, March 15th. Early registration price is $175 & regular registration price is $200. AHJs and students eligible for special event pricing ($125) must register during the early registration period.

Past events

February 05, 2018 An Evaluation of Flammable Refrigerants
December 04, 2017 Trivia and Technology
November 06, 2017 Up In Flames – An Examination of Exterior Façade Fires in High-Rise Buildings
October 02, 2017 Private Mode Fire Alarm Systems Operations & Case Study
September 08, 2017 9th Annual A.L. Brown Scholarship Golf Outing
May 01, 2017 Energy Storage Systems (ESS)
April 13, 2017 SFPE-NEC 2017 Annual Fire Protection & Life Safety Seminar
March 06, 2017 Gymnastics Training Facilities: Foam Pit Cube Flame Retardant Toxicity and Fire Safety
February 06, 2017 Marijuana Grow Facilities - A Chronic Problem
January 18, 2017 WPI Career Night
December 05, 2016 Fire Protection Technology Expo and Trivia Night
November 07, 2016 Bi-Directional Amplifiers
October 03, 2016 NFPA 241, Safeguarding Construction, Alteration, and Demolition Operations
September 09, 2016 8th Annual A.L. Brown Scholarship Golf Outing
June 20, 2016 SFPE New England Corporate Sponsorship 2016-2017
June 06, 2016 Membership Vote (On-Line Annual Meeting)
May 02, 2016 Wildland Fire Behavior
April 13, 2016 SFPE-NEC 2016 Annual Fire Protection & Life Safety Seminar
March 07, 2016 Campus Fire Safety
February 01, 2016 The Five Things Fire Protection Engineers Need to Know About the Fire Service and the Role of Standards in Structural Fire Attack
December 07, 2015 Fire Protection Technology Expo and Trivia Night
November 02, 2015 CNG and Hydrogen Fuels and Associated Hazards
October 05, 2015 New In-Rack Sprinkler Design Options for Warehouses
September 11, 2015 7th Annual A.L. Brown Scholarship Golf Outing
May 13, 2015 PE Exam Problem Writing Session (PE registration required)
May 04, 2015 Fire Alarm Recognition and Urgency
April 30, 2015 Webinar on SFPE International By-Law Changes
April 15, 2015 SFPE-NEC 2015 Annual Fire Protection & Life Safety Seminar
March 02, 2015 School Safety, Codes and Security
February 02, 2015 Fire Alarm Recognition and Urgency
December 15, 2014 SFPE Trivia Night
November 03, 2014 MA State Police- Detecting Accelerants and Explosives with K9s
October 06, 2014 Performance & Reliability of Active & Passive Fire Protection Systems
September 05, 2014 6th Annual A.L. Brown Scholarship Golf Outing
May 05, 2014 Revised Regulations for PE's in Massachusetts
April 11, 2014 UMass Amherst Central Heating Plant
March 26, 2014 SFPE-NEC 2014 Annual Fire Protection & Life Safety Seminar
March 10, 2014 Roundtable - Role of FPE's in Construction
February 03, 2014 Fire Protection Research Foundation Update
December 02, 2013 New Technology Night - Fire Alarm & Notification Systems
November 04, 2013 Photovoltaic Panels - Challenges to the Fire Service
October 07, 2013 Performance & Reliability of Active & Passive Fire Protection Systems
September 06, 2013 5th Annual A.L. Brown Scholarship Golf Outing
May 06, 2013 Fire Suppression Technology Exhibition
May 06, 2013 PE Problem Writing Session
April 08, 2013 WPI's New State-of-the-Art Fire Laboratory Facility
March 20, 2013 SFPE - NEC Annual Seminar - 2013
March 04, 2013 Passive Fire Protection of Steel and Concrete
February 04, 2013 Investigation of Explosion Incidents
December 03, 2012 Advanced Technologies in Clean Agent and Special Hazard Systems
November 05, 2012 NFPA 285 Fire Testing for Exterior Walls: Requirements and Design Challenges
September 07, 2012 4th Annual A.L. Brown Scholarship Golf Outing
June 20, 2012 SFPE's 9th International Conference on Performance-Based Codes and Fire Safety Design Methods
May 14, 2012 PE Problem Writing Session
May 07, 2012 Property Insurance Research Group (PIRG)
April 13, 2012 Annual Site Visit - FM Global's SimZone
March 21, 2012 SFPE - NEC Annual Seminar - 2012
March 05, 2012 Fire Modeling: State-of-the-Art and Challenges
February 06, 2012 NFPA 99/101 - Health Care Occupancies
December 05, 2011 Wildland Fire Behavior
November 16, 2011 Free SFPE Webinar on Mass Notification
November 07, 2011 Special Hazard Fire Protection
October 23, 2011 2011 SFPE Professional Conference & Expo
October 03, 2011 10th Anniversary of 9/11: Impact on the Fire Protection Industry
September 09, 2011 3rd Annual A.L. Brown Scholarship Golf Outing
May 02, 2011 Computer Fire Modeling: It Might Take More Than You Think Under the New SFPE Guide!
May 02, 2011 PE Problem Writing Session
April 29, 2011 Kidde-Fenwal Visit
March 23, 2011 SFPE - NEC Annual Seminar - Fire Protection & Building Code Changes for 2011
March 07, 2011 NFPA 3 Commissioning
February 07, 2011 Fire Protection Plastic Piping Installation
December 06, 2010 Fire Suppression Technology Night
November 01, 2010 Automatic Sprinklers and Sustainability
September 27, 2010 SFPE-NEC Meeting - Air Sampling Technologies
September 10, 2010 2nd Annual A.L. Brown Scholarship Golf Outing
May 03, 2010 May Meeting - Mass Notification Systems
April 23, 2010 Tyco Reseach and Development Center Tour
March 24, 2010 SFPE - NEC Annual Seminar - Fire Protection & Life Safety Code Changes for 2010
March 01, 2010 Foam Extinguishing System - Challenges and Design Strategies
February 01, 2010 Residential Sprinklers-Requirements, Revisions, and Promotions
December 07, 2009 December Meeting - Smoke Migration and Code Impacts
November 02, 2009 November Meeting - New Technology Night - Fire Alarm and Notification Systems
October 05, 2009 October Meeting-Fire Protection Issues in Green Construction
September 11, 2009 NEC-SFPE Golf Tournament
March 02, 2009 March Meeting - NFPA 30-2008: An Update and FAQs
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