Welcome to the Web page for the British Columbia Chapter of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers. This webpage is for members of the chapter and for those interested in fire protection engineering in British Columbia.  

Professional Perspective on Reviews and Site Assessment of Firestopping Installations

Over the years there has been many advances in firestopping technology; however in some instances there is still lack of available firestop systems; and in other instances firestop systems are misused or installed incorrectly.  In addition, there are cases where Code requirements with respect to firestopping is not clear, where professionals have to make judgement call with respect to the level of protection required or suitability of the system proposed.

In this presentation Khash Vorell of GHL will cover the following:

Start date: 
Tuesday, November 23, 2021 - 12:00

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS Engineering Consultants for WUI Fire Property Risk Assessment & Mitigation Project

SFPE recently received a FEMA Fire Prevention & Safety Grant to create a virtual handbook using engineering-based resources to support firefighters and fire departments operating in the Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI). Current WUI property fire risk assessments are often based on simple checklists that don’t provide fire departments with the flexibility they need to make informed recommendations on assessment and mitigation in the field. Moreover, fire departments around the United States vary greatly in their experience of fire hazards in the WUI.


Update on Forest Fire Research and Reconstruction of the deadly ‘Camp’ Fire: California. USA

The ‘Camp’ Fire ignited on November 8, 2018 in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada in Butte County, California. The first 24 hours were characterized by a fast-moving fire with initial spread driven by high winds up to 22 m/s (50 mi/h) and long-range spotting up to 6.3 km (3.9 mi) into the community. The fire quickly impacted the communities of Concow, Paradise, and Magalia. The Camp Fire became the most destructive and deadly fire in California history, with over 18 000 destroyed structures, 700 damaged structures, and 85 fatalities.

Start date: 
Tuesday, October 19, 2021 - 12:00

Smoke Tightness of Closures - Anatomy of a Building Code Change and Summary of Findings from the Task Group

A simple change proposed to the National Building Code of Canada led to a review of fundamental concepts meant to ensure fire protection and life safety.  The task group on smoke tightness of closures found the Code was subject to wide ranging interpretations because the intents were unclear.

Start date: 
Tuesday, June 15, 2021 - 12:00

Post-Earthquake Fire Risk

The reliability of water supplies, electrical,  gas and other infrastructure in event of an earthquake is critical to the prevention of post-earthquake fires.

Vancouver has a secondary salt water supply system covering priority areas of Vancouver for contingency purposes in the event that the primary potable/fire supply is damaged by a seismic event.

The California Building Code requires secondary water supply systems in high buildings; however, there is no provision in Canadian codes- even for seismically active zones.

Start date: 
Tuesday, April 13, 2021 - 12:00


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