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.  

Magnesium Oxide Board: Is it the Drywall of the future?

To create a board,  Magnesium oxide is reacted with either magnesium chloride, magnesium sulfate or phosphates forming a cement mixture  that can be cast into thin panels using fiberglass mat reinforcing. These panels are then specially cured to make them useable in residential and commercial building project applications. The result is a strong alternative sheathing material with antimicrobial properties that can  be used over wood and metal structural framing.

Start date: 
Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 17:30

Water Supplies for Fire Protection: what should they be?

The question of what is an acceptable supply for fire protection? depends on the specific criteria for acceptance. In building code terms, this has long been controversial. At one time, virtually all water supply assessments were carried out by insurance groups of one kind or another. In terms of water supply infrastructure, Insurance Service offices in the USA and Fire Underwriters’ Survey (FUS) in Canada laid out criteria for acceptance and grading of water supplies in municipalities and their ability to fight fire through organization and logistical response.

Start date: 
Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - 17:30

Oct 9-14 SFPE International North American Conference and Expo in Montreal

SFPE Montreal

For the first time ever, SFPE annual North American Conference and Expo will be held in Canada.


7:30 AM — 3:30 PM

Learn how to maximize public safety. Be prepared when your organization needs a Mass Notification System.

Responsibility for Mass Notification Systems (MNS) requires understanding of the origin and purpose of MNS, regulations, system complexities, the installation process, and system operation.

Start date: 
Tuesday, June 27, 2017 - 07:30

International challenges in the Design and Delivery of education in Fire Protection Engineering; Beth Weckman, University of Waterloo

The education of fire protection engineers in British Columbia, in Canada and internationally is an increasing challenge.

In BC the Masters programme in fire protection engineering at UBC had a major impact internationally but closed in 1997 due to lack of mainstream funding.

The UBC symposium programme managed to deliver leading edge courses including Fire Science and Fire Investigation that contributed to the emergence of leading companies in forensic analysis of fires.

Start date: 
Tuesday, May 30, 2017 - 17:30


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