Welcome to the official blog of the New England Chapter of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers. Posts include NEC-SFPE news, member updates, and other information regarding NEC-SFPE and fire protection engineering.

  • March 21, 2010 8:00 AM | Andrew Woodward

    On behalf of the Nominating Committee, Ronald Melucci, P.E. (Immediate Past President) has submitted the following recommendations for election to the positions indicated below for the 2010-2011 Chapter year.

    Jeff DeMaine, P.E., Fire Risk Management, Inc.

    First Vice President (Program)
    Edward Orazine, P.E., Rolf Jensen & Associates

    Second Vice President (Membership)
    Amanda Kimball, P.E., Arup Fire

    Dana Haagensen P.E., Massachusetts Department of Fire Services

    Kevin LaMalva, Simpson, Gumpertz & Heger

    New Directors
    Ed Ledoux, BR+A
    Ted Dow, Hughes Associates
    Christopher Lynch, P.E., Rolf Jensen & Associates

    Scholarship Committee
    Kevin Cox, Firepro, Inc. (chair)
    Russ Deubler, P.E., Hartford Steam Boiler
    Jeffrey Paoletti, FM Global

    As current President of the Chapter, Andrew Woodward, P.E. will automatically assume the position of Immediate Past President, holding responsibility for nominations for the 2011-2012 chapter year.  Seth Sienkiewicz, FM Global, will serve another term as Director.  Kevin Cox, Firepro, Inc. will assume the position of Scholarship Committee Chair.

    As required by the Chapter-By-Laws, this report is being submitted at least thirty (30) days prior to the Chapter’s Annual Meeting and will be presented to vote by all members in good standing at the Annual Meeting.  As per Section 11.2.2 of the Chapter Constitution, “nomination of any eligible candidate may be made by any Chapter Member for election to any office, if the candidate’s name and proposed office are submitted in writing to the Secretary seven (7) days prior to the Annual Meeting, together with the signatures of five (5) members of the Chapter.”

    The official 2010/2011 Nominating Committee Report is available for download.

  • March 08, 2010 12:00 PM | Andrew Woodward

    The subcommittee report on one and two family residential sprinklers will be discussed and possibly reported out with a recommendation to the full BBRS Board on March 9th.  This is the first step in the process as the new 1 & 2 family residential code will soon begin to be revised.  
    The BBRS Meeting will be Tuesday, March 9th, from Noon to 1 p.m.  Fire Chiefs Association of Massachusetts (FCAM) is presenting a white paper outlining the Association's position on the installation of residential sprinkler systems in new construction one and two family residences.

    The meeting will be at the Wellesley National Guard Armory.

    Traveling toward the West on Route 9, Minuteman Lane is 1800 feet from Route 128 (95)
    On the right. Traveling East, make “U” turn at the lights 800 feet before Route 128.
    Minuteman Lane is 1200 feet toward the West.
    Pull into the parking lot and enter through the side door DO NOT USE THE FRONT DOOR.

  • January 27, 2010 8:00 PM | Andrew Woodward
    The Society of Fire Protection Engineers Greater Atlanta Chapter will host their Sixth Annual Fire Safety Conference in Duluth, GA.  For additional information and registration information is available at
  • December 28, 2009 12:00 PM | Andrew Woodward

    Our new website and online membership management software has been available to the public for nearly six months.  Over the past six months, we have had 950 visitors to our website,  2,150 total visits, and 11,000 pages have been viewed.  We have also processed 173 membership applications, renewals and 131 event registrations.

    We are five months into our fiscal year and currently have 175 active members.  We will be continuing to contact and assist members with their annual membership renewal.   By comparison, over the past three years our membership numbers have been between 200 and 220 by the end of the year.  We expect our membership numbers to be slightly above average for this year.  We will continue to encourage any of our 482 contacts that are not currently members to join the Chapter.

    So far this year’s event attendance is good.  For the October meeting, there were 42 attendees and the November meeting had 68 attendee.  By comparison, last year we had 34 registered for the October meeting and 38 for the November meeting.  This upward trend is an improvement and shows the strength of our Chapter.

    In the months ahead, we will be unveiling a member’s only section of our website.  Features of this area will include a member directory.  Prior to deployment of the member directory, we will send a notice to remind members to review their privacy settings to protect their identity.

    Thank you for your continued support!

  • November 09, 2009 8:00 AM | Andrew Woodward

    The Automatic Fire Alarm Association of New England will be hosting a discussion on the changes to the 2010 edition of NFPA 72. The presentation will be Thursday, November 12th at 5pm. The presentation will be by Wayne Moore of Hughes Associates and Tom Hammerberg the President of AFAA National.  Additional information is available on the AFAA-NE website.

    The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) Greater Boston Chapter (GBC) is holding a tehcnical meeting on Wednesday, November 18th at 5:30pm regarding fire damper regulations. The presentation will be by Joe Wioncek of Freeman Air. Additional information is available on the ASSE-GBC website.

  • October 30, 2009 5:00 PM | Andrew Woodward

    At the SFPE Professional Development Conference and Exposition, the New England Chapter presented the SFPE Educational & Scientific Foundation with $800.  The funds will be used to support the foundations mission, "To advance the science and practice of Fire Protection Engineering internationally, by advocating and supporting engineering research, technology transfer and education".

    Also, at the Chapter Senate meeting the New England Chapter received the Gold Chapter excellence award.  Ronald Melucci completed the evaluation form documenting the contributions of our members.  The Board thanks Ron for all your hard work on the evaluation form. 

  • October 27, 2009 9:00 AM | Andrew Woodward

    At the October meeting on Monday, October 5, 2009 the New England Chapter of the SFPE awarded $7,000 in scholarships to five students.  The recipient of the A.L. Scholarship was Richard Emberley, a Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) student.  Additional $1,000 scholarships where awarded to Brandon Finzel and Tracy Golinveaux at WPI, Cathleen Childers at the University of Maryland, and Shawn Mahoney at the University of New Haven.

    These scholarships were funded by the proceeds from our annual seminar in March and the raffles conducted during our monthly meeting.  The chapter would like to acknowledge the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) for their generous donations of NFPA publications that are raffled as prizes during the monthly meetings.

    Scholarship applications will be on our website and distributed to colleges offering a fire protection program in November with applications due January 31, 2010.  Scholarship recipients will be announced at the May 2010 meeting and awarded in October 2010.

  • October 01, 2009 12:00 PM | Andrew Woodward

    In September, we held our first annual SFPE-NEC Golf Tournament to benefit the A.L. Brown Scholarship and we are pleased to announce that it was a success raising approximately $3600 for the scholarship!  We would like to thank all of our sponsors and golfers who braved the weather conditions.  We hope that everyone had a great time - we know that we did!  Our sponsors were: Siemens, enGauge Inc., Fenwal Protection Systems / AirSense, Marioff, Norel Service, Rolf Jensen & Associates, WPI Department of Fire Protection Engineering, The Protectowire Co., Robert Benedetti, Xtralis, Fike Alarm Systems, The Pappas Company, and SimplexGrinnell. 

    We would like to congratulate our winning golf team: Jeff DeMaine, Thomas Garbedian, Peter Brooks, and Ron DeMaine!  


    Winning Team: Ron DeMaine, Jeff DeMaine, Thomas Garbedian, and Peter Brooks

    We also had two teams tie for second place: Team 1 - Lance Harry, Carla Pizzarello, Mike Beatrice, and J.J. Schoenrock; Team 2 - Mike Theriault, Ralph Tiede, Dave Hague, and John Dellogono.  The longest drive winner was Peter Brooks and the closest to the pin winner was Chad Binette. 


    Second Place Team: Mike Beatrice, Lance Harry, J.J. Schoenrock, and Carla Pizzarello


    Second Place Team: Dave Hague, Mike Theriault, John Dellogono, and Ralph Tiede

  • June 26, 2009 4:00 PM | Andrew Woodward

    On June 17th the board held its first meeting of the 2009-2010 chapter year.  This year should be a very interesting year for our chapter and we hope to increase our attendance at upcoming chapter events.  The board is trying several new initiatives including a golf tournament, a new technology night, and the changeover to an integrated online management system.

    Our program chair, Jeff DeMaine (, is working on developing the fall program and potential topics including mass notification, home sprinkler systems, seismic bracing, sprinkler pipe corrosion, and the fire protection issues relating to green technology.  The board approved an increase in the price differential for guests from $5 to $10 to be more in line with our current chapter dues.  With the previous price differential, it was less expensive to pay the differential for all monthly meetings than to join the chapter.  This price difference helps support the A.L. Brown scholarship; therefore, we voted to increase the differential.

    Our membership renewal process began June 15th with your first membership renewal notice being distributed by email.  Additional reminder emails will be distributed on July 15th and August 1st.  We will not be mailing invoices for membership dues this year.  In accordance with our by-laws if you have not paid by August 15th, your membership will be considered inactive and you will not be able to receive the member only pricing for upcoming events.  Your membership dues pay for the chapter administration and the costs for students and AHJs to attend our meetings for free.  As always, free memberships are available to full time students.  If you have any membership related questions, please contact the membership chair, Ed Orzine (

    Financially, the chapter was very strong last year and the online meeting registrations improved the cash flow.  Last chapter year we had a total income of $41,353.80 and total expenses of $45,993.94 for a loss of $4,640.14.  Since our chapter year is June to May, we paid several expenses last year that occurred in the previous 2008-2009 chapter year, which had a $19,000 net profit.  Over the past two years, we had a net income of $14,400 showing the strength of our chapter.

    The golf committee has been busy since last winter working on organizing our first annual golf tournament that will be held on Friday, September 11th at Blackstone National Golf Club.  The registration fee will be $130 per golfer and will include breakfast, 18 holes of golf, a cart with GPS, and lunch.  We are also soliciting prizes and companies to sponsor this event.  If you are interested in registering or becoming a sponsor, please visit the event webpage for details.  Like all of our events, all of the proceeds will be used for scholarships or deposited into the scholarship fund.

    At the meeting, we voted to not pursue a new contract with the Engineering Center who previously provided management services for the chapter.  We will instead be using a web service as a management tool, which provides access for all board members and manages the day to day membership renewals and event registrations with minimal intervention from the board.  For example, no intervention is required for renewing members that pay online by credit card.  Another important feature is the ability for members to review and update their contact information, which we hope will improve the strength of our membership by keeping up to date information.  In addition, our address has changed due to the management change, so please update your records. 

    Our future board meetings will review and improve the AHJ program, prepare for the scholarship application process, revamp the corporate sponsorship program, consider filing for 501(c)3 status, and discuss the best method to handle the numerous requests that the board receives for job postings.

    Have a great summer and I hope to see you at the golf tournament or one of the meetings in the fall.  If you have any concerns or questions about the chapter, please do not hesitate to contact me by email at or phone (617) 349-9295.  Thank you for your continued support.

  • June 03, 2009 12:00 PM | Andrew Woodward

    The 2008-2009 chapter year for the New England Chapter of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (NEC-SFPE) that ended May 31st was spent preparing for some significant changes to how the chapter is administrated.  The past year was very successful for the chapter with high attendance at the monthly meetings and a record number of 95 attendees at our annual seminar.  In October, we will be awarding $7,000 in scholarships to five students and have transferred $5,000 to help replenish the A.L. Brown Scholarship Fund.

    This past chapter year we used an on-line shopping cart service to secure your credit card information and facilitate meeting and seminar registrations.  While this system made it easier and more flexible for our members to register for events, it did not provide an integrated on-line system that managed the membership and event registrations.  By increasing the number of on-line credit card transactions, our cash flow was improved and the time required to perform the financial management of the chapter was reduced.

    Last winter we investigated several options to integrate the management of our membership and event registration.  The board decided that an on-line service would meet our needs and be the most cost effective solution.  Over the course of the past several months, we have reviewed our membership records and collected updated e-mail addresses for most of our members including those that we have lost touch with in the past few years.  We hope this initiative will reduce our management costs by 85% and the cost savings will be used to provide additional financial support to the A.L Brown Scholarship Fund.

    Our new website will allow you to change your contact information, pay your dues, and register for an event at any time.  We will continue to accept MasterCard, VISA, American Express, and Discover credit card payments and we have added PayPal payments.  All payment information is securely transmitted and encrypted for your safety.

    We will continue to accept check payments.  When renewing your membership or registering for an event, select the manual payment method during the transaction process.  Once you confirm your registration, an e-mail will be sent with information on where you should be mailing your payment.  You may also pay with an electronic check with a PayPal account that is linked to your checking account.

    Please take a few minutes to explore our new website, setup a password, and verify your contact information.  Details on how to how to setup a password can be found below.  If you have any problems please send an email to  Note that you must be logged in to renew your membership and receive member only pricing for events.

    How to setup a password to our new website:
    1. To setup a password, please visit, enter your email address, and click submit.  You should receive an e-mail with a link where you set your password.
    2. Log in to your account by entering your e-mail and password and clicking the Login button.
    3. Please take a minute to review the information that we have on file by clicking the 'View profile' link on the left side.  If you need to modify the information, click the 'Edit profile' button at the top.

    As noted in previous correspondence, this coming year all chapter communication will be distributed by e-mail from the email address, please add this email address to your safe sender list.  In the middle of June, you should be receiving your first reminder that your annual membership dues are due August 1st.  Dues will remain steady at $40 for the upcoming chapter year.

    On September 11th, we will hold our first annual NEC-SFPE golf tournament at Blackstone National Golf Club in Sutton, MA.  Registration information will be distributed this summer.  If you are interested in sponsoring a hole or donating a raffle/auction item, you can contact the golf committee ( 

    We will continue to hold our regular dinner meetings on the first Monday of October, November, December, February, March, and May.  Our annual seminar will continue to be held in March and in April we will hold a field trip to a location of interest to our members, similar to the tour of the FM Global Research Campus last year.

    We will begin the planning process for these upcoming events at our board meeting on June 17th and meeting topic suggestions are always welcome.  Please e-mail the First Vice President, Jeff DeMaine ( with your ideas.

    Updated contact information for specific board members is available online at

    Thank you for your continued support of NEC-SFPE and I hope to see you at an upcoming chapter event.

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