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.
· Building design, layout, and space planning
· Fire prevention programs.
· 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 www.sfpe.org/profession.aspx
Delaware Technical and Community College www.dtcc.edu
University of Maryland www.umd.edu
Eastern Kentucky University www.eku.edu
Worcester Polytechnic Institute www.wpi.edu
California Polytechnic State University www.continuing-ed.calpoly.edu/fpe.html
Bates Technical College www.bates.ctc.edu
Senecac College, Toronto, Canada www.senecac.on.ca/fulltime/FPN.html
American Fire Sprinkler Association www.firesprinkler.org/training/index.html
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