Fire protection engineering (also known as fire engineering or fire safety engineering) is the application of science and engineering principles to protect people and their environments from the destructive effects of fire and smoke.  The discipline of fire protection engineering includes, but is not exclusive to: 

Active fire protection - fire suppression systems, and fire alarm. 

Passive fire protection - fire and smoke barriers, space separation. 

Smoke control and management

· Building design, layout, and space planning

· Fire prevention programs.

Fire dynamics and fire modeling

· Human behavior during fire events.

Risk analysis, including economic factors.


In practice, fire protection engineers typically identify risks and design safeguards that aid in preventing, controlling, and mitigating the effects of fires. Fire protection engineers assist architects in evaluating buildings' life safety and property protection goals. FPEs are also employed as fire investigators, including such very large-scale cases as the analysis of the collapse of the World Trade Centers. NASA uses fire protection engineers in its space program to help improve safety.



Society of Fire Protection Engineers—FPE Profession      




Delaware Technical and Community College                    

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Eastern Kentucky University                                              

Worcester Polytechnic Institute                                          

California Polytechnic State University                              

Bates Technical College                                                      

Senecac College, Toronto, Canada                                        

American Fire Sprinkler Association                                 

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