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City of New Westminster: Fire Protection Engineer

The City of New Westminster has earned a proud reputation for civic leadership, service delivery and outstanding employee relations.
We offer our employees great work-life balance; competitive salaries and benefit plans (including pension); education and training
opportunities; and challenging and rewarding work.

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Different Fire Detection and Suppression Systems on Ships

Nigel Hastings has extensive experience as a ship’s engineer on merchant and passenger vessels, as well as a professional consultant inspecting vessels on behalf of both Lloyds Register and the International Classification Society. Nigel will present an overview of ship and passenger safety illustrated by slides of fires on ships and the regulatory outcomes of fires.

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 17:30
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Life Safety Systems, Fire Department Intervention, and Residential Fire Outcomes: Analysis of 28 Years of BC Fire Incident Reports: 1988-2015

Life Safety Systems, Fire Department Intervention, and Residential Fire Outcomes: Analysis of 28 Years of BC Fire Incident Reports: 1988-2015

Fire Chief Len Garis of the City of Surrey will present the findings of his extensive report on residential fires. The report looks at both fire causes and takes into account the impact of fire suppression and other strategies on fire statistics including the relative size of losses.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - 17:30
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Evacuation Modelling and Smoke Management Strategies in Rapid Transit Facilities

Emergency ventilation in rapid transit stations presents interesting design challenges to fire protection engineers due to the wide range of station design characteristics and complexity of the analysis that is conducted. Requirements governing the design of these systems are addressed by various codes and standards, such as NFPA 130, and through this regulatory framework the performance of the system is required to be evaluated using engineering analysis.

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Tuesday, December 13, 2016 - 17:30
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Traditional and Modern Firewalls in Construction

The traditional role of firewalls was to establish fire divisions designed to restrict fire to one division with no attempts to extinguish the fire.

Two strategies were generally available to establish fire divisions:

  • Spatial separation
  • Firewalls

Firewall construction was typically of masonry construction in order to prevent penetration by falling debris arising from adjacent collapsing construction.

Recent changes to the NBCC permit walls that are not masonry provided that the fire resistance rating is protected against damage.

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Tuesday, November 15, 2016 - 17:30
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