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  • March 30, 2017 9:17 AM | Matthew Daelhousen (Administrator)

    Fire Protection Engineering Department

    2017 Howard W. Emmons Distinguished Lecture

    Thursday, April 27, 2017, 5:00 pm
    Room 50P1226 – 50 Prescott Street, Gateway II
    Followed by a reception in the FPE Café
    * * * Please RSVP to * * *

    Professor Ai Sekizawa
    Graduate School of Global Fire Science and Technology
    Tokyo University of Science
    Challenges in Fire Safety in a Society Facing a Rapidly Aging Population


    Physical fitness and mobility inevitably deteriorate as people age, and it becomes easier to be injured during any kind of accident, not only fires. As the population continues to age, it is natural that the trend of increasing numbers of deaths will continue as far as the population of elderly people increases. The problem may be also influenced by factors such as deterioration of mutual assistance from family members and communities, as the low birth rate, aging population, and the trend away from multigenerational households continue.

    However, the risk of death due to fire among elderly people has been decreasing according to the trend in recent years in Japan contrary to our expectation. Although the increased health of elderly people in recent years is one important explanation, it is not the only one to explain the above fact. The increased safety of appliances for cooking and heating, and the increased safety and quality of housing environments also certainly has had an effect. It is also important to improve the health and living environment for elderly people. Reducing fire risks, even a little, and thereby providing a safe and comfortable life in residential homes in which the majority of elderly people live, is something that everyone wants. This lecture will explore the changing nature of fire risks associated with the rapidly aging population in Japan, with potential insights for other countries facing a similar situation in the future.

  • March 03, 2017 8:29 AM | Matthew Daelhousen (Administrator)

    The New England Association of Fire Protection System Designers is hosting its 13th Biennial Fire Protection Systems Product Show.  The event will be held on Thursday, March 23rd at The Lantana in Randolph, MA.  More information and registration instructions are available in the Product Show Invite.  Additional details are also available at NEAFPSD's website -

  • February 27, 2017 1:22 PM | Matthew Daelhousen (Administrator)

    Please find our latest newsletter, which includes a summary of the first half of our chapter year, as well as information on all of our upcoming events.  We hope to see you at a future SFPE New England Chapter event!

    SFPE Newsletter - February 2017.pdf 

  • November 17, 2016 4:25 PM | Matthew Daelhousen (Administrator)

    The New England Chapter of the SFPE has a new mailing address.  Please send all future mail to the following address:

    New England Chapter of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers
    P.O. Box 249
    Norwood, MA 02062-9998

  • October 13, 2016 2:42 PM | Matthew Daelhousen (Administrator)

    The New England Chapter of the SFPE was recently given a Silver Award for Chapter Excellence for the 2015-2016 chapter year.  Congratulations and thank you to all of our members for helping to make last year such a success!



  • October 13, 2016 2:35 PM | Matthew Daelhousen (Administrator)

    The SFPE is offering various seminars as part of its 2016 Professional Development Week.  Offerings include seminars on the protection of storage occupancies (NFPA 13), application of fire risk assessment in fire protection design, and flammable and combustible liquids.  More information, including dates and registration information, is included on the SFPE website

  • August 23, 2016 2:48 PM | Matthew Daelhousen (Administrator)

    The National Fire Sprinkler Association will holding a training class on seismic bracing for sprinkler systems.  The class will be held on September 20, 2016 in Weymouth, MA.  More information is available on the NFSA website.

  • January 15, 2016 2:33 PM | Tracy Vecchiarelli (Administrator)
    Hey SFPE Student Members! Be sure to submit your scholarship application this year. We are offering up to $20,000 this year in scholarships with at least one $10,000 scholarship being awarded. Details on eligibility and submitting can be found here: Scholarship.
  • December 22, 2015 6:43 AM | Tracy Vecchiarelli (Administrator)

    Congrats to "Team Sam" for winning the 2015 SFPE New England Chapter Trivia Night. Sixteen teams battled it out in a pub style trivia event last night to see who really is the smartest FPE. Turns out, it's Sarge Slicer, Robert Schifiliti, Dick Davis, Jeff Harrington, and Tony Schifiliti. Second place went to team KTTE- Barry Chase, Seth Sienkiewicz, Patrick Sullivan, and Vernon Gross.

    Thanks to all 60+ attendees and to the 11 manufacturers who showed up for the technology expo. Hope everyone had fun and learned a little something about fire protection engineering.

    Here is a sample question from last night's event. Do you know the answer?

    What are the units for an automatic sprinkler’s Response Time Index?

  • January 29, 2015 4:46 PM | Amanda Kimball (Administrator)

    The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering of Carleton University has announced a 3-day Short Course on Fire Safety of Combustible Construction and Tall Wood Buildings, to be held at Carleton University on May 20 - 22, 2015. Visit the website for more information and registration details

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