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Meeting Report

On Tuesday September 30, the BC chapter was graced with the presence of speaker Alexander Maranghides from NIST, and special visitor Vyto Babrauskas- formerly of NIST- who accompanied him from Seattle. The presentation drew many members, including representatives from the insurance community.

Wildfire interface risk to communities

The effect of forest fires on fire risk in communities is rarely defined or assessed on a relative scale. While fire modelling of structural fires is reasonably well developed for certain fire scenarios, the modelling of wildfires is in its infancy. In his recent SFPE articles Alexander Maranghides presented a new indexing approach to assessing the wild fire risk to communities. The method takes the various parameters that determine fire spread in wild fire situations- such as topography, ground cover, separation, construction etc.- and assigned it a relative index.

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 17:30
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Canadian Automatic Sprinkler Association Upcoming Seminars

The Canadian Automatic Sprinkler Association is holding three seminars in Vancouver soon:

April 29, 2014 - Sprinkler System Installation Requirements

April 30, 2014 - Acceptance Testing and Hydraulicss for Plan Reviewers

May 1, 2014 - Pumps for Fire Protection

See the attached documents for more information.

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Techniques for Forensic Analysis of Fires- Case studies

The analysis of fires to determine fire cause and account for the physical evidence as well as accounts of what transpired leading up to and during the fire event has often relied on experience and known patterns of fire behaviour for various types of fires. Over the last 20 years the use of fire science and investigation techniques have developed to the point thatanalysis of large fires relies increasingly on correlation of the predicted fire behaviour with the actual observed or recorded information from witnesses, responding agencies such as the fire service etc.

Peter Senez and others from the Sereca fire team will present an overview of these techniques illustrated by actual examples taken from real cases.

A future session may be held should there be further interest in the application of CFD modelling to support complex investigations where replication of fire behaviour in particular cases is possible.

Date: February 18, 2014
Time: Registration and Reception 5:30pm
Location: False Creek Yacht Club (1661 Granville Street)
Cost: Members - $30; Non-members $35. Please bring cash or a cheque payable to BC Society of Fire Protection Engineers to cover the cost of dinner.
Registration Deadline: February 14, 2014

Free parking is available in the Yacht Club parking lot.

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Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - 17:30
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