SOCIETY OF FIRE PROTECTION ENGINEERS - HOUSTON

 

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  • 07/10/2018 8:11 AM | Jared Thibodaux (Administrator)

    The Fire Service Subcommittee is proud to announce that there will be scholarships for up to 10 full-time fire service personnel that will cover registration for the 2018 SFPE Annual Conference & Expo in Nashville, Tennessee, this October 27–November 2. Application requirements and forms can be found at the below link. Applications are due August 10, 2018.


    In addition to the scholarship, the Fire Service Subcommittee is sponsoring a dedicated track at the annual conference focused on fire service. Topics in this track help to bridge the gap in knowledge needed by both the fire protection engineer and fire service personnel. See the conference agenda for additional information about this event and the speakers involved, link to website below.


    Link to Application and Requirements


    SFPE Nashville 2018

  • 07/05/2018 10:54 AM | Jared Thibodaux (Administrator)

    SFPE National is asking for volunteers from Licensed PE Members.

    See below.


    As background, the October 2018 administration of the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) fire protection engineering professional licensing exam will be the inaugural administration for the most recent exam blueprint.  Upon completion of the October 2018 exam, the cut score, which is the lowest raw score required to pass the exam, must be established.

    WHAT: A procedure called a standard-setting study is used to establish the cut score for benchmark exams or for exams to which the equating process is not applicable. The benchmark exam is the first administration of a new exam or the first exam after a specification change. For subsequent administrations, the equivalent standard is maintained by statistical equating.


    WHO:  The standard-setting study is conducted with 10-15 practicing licensed professional engineers who are familiar with the level of knowledge a minimally competent candidate should possess to satisfy this step in the licensing process.  This cadre must be diverse in field of practice, business sector, years, of experience, gender and geography.  Volunteers will be evaluated and accepted on a first come, first serve basis, with a need to ensure an inclusive and representative distribution.


    WHEN: The cut score session will take place in on November 28-29, 2018. Both days will be all day sessions and volunteers must attend both days.


    WHERE: Chicago, Illinois


    Anyone interested in participating or nominating someone from their company to participate in this exam standard-setting study, can please feel free to contact me, Mr. Tony Militello, PE., at: Anthony.j.militello@navy.mil


  • 05/01/2018 10:48 AM | Jared Thibodaux (Administrator)

    At last weeks meeting, the following officers/board members were voted in:


    President – Jared Thibodaux

    Vice President – Scott Herreth

    Treasurer – Will Gilthorpe

    Secretary – Dale Jenkins

    Immediate Past President – Tony Pyle

    Board Members – Will Clay, Ed Cope, Rob Hicks, Peter Rollinger


    Thank you to all past officers and board members for your support of the society.


  • 02/05/2016 10:40 AM | Anonymous

    We are saddened to inform you that Larry Owen, Past President of the local Houston SFPE chapter passed away 2/03/16. He and his wife Lina were killed in an auto/pedestrian accident. Larry’s career in the fire protection industry spanned more than 45 years. He served the local SFPE chapter in several capacities in the early 1990’s including serving as President from 1993 to 1995. During his career Larry was able to accomplish several key things:

    • During his tenure as local SFPE chapter President he included many meetings with new and innovative fire protection solutions and products
    • Larry was also committed to finding new solutions (and developed or improved existing methods) in fire protection
    • Larry was highly respected as the consummate professional in how he dealt with his customers and others in the fire protection community.
    • Larry always continued to improve his knowledge through education, training, and contributions to professional societies and technical committees.

    After his early years in the business in the Dallas Fort Worth area Larry moved to Houston in1978 and became an instrumental part of the early success with Webb, Murray and Associates. Larry moved to Dooley Tackaberry in 1996 and finished his career there. Since 1970, Larry had worked in a variety of fire protection roles including Consulting, Project Management, and Business Development. Most of Larry’s experience was directly related to the petrochemical, offshore, and power industries. He held a B.A. in Fire Prevention Technology and Fire Administration and served as Chair of the NFPA 750 Standard on Water Mist Fire Protection Systems. He also was a Committee Member on the NFPA 15 Standard for Water Spray Fixed Systems, the ISA-SP84, Programmable Electronic System (PES) for use in Safety Applications Standard, and ISA-SP12.13, Performance Requirements for Combustible Gas Detectors Standard. Larry was also a member of the American Society of Safety Engineers and Instrument Society of America (ISA).

    Larry loved life and tackled his hobbies of fishing, golf, dirt track racing and traveling with the same intensity and dedication that he gave to his professional life. Larry also was highly involved in his church and family life. Larry and Lina were on the way to one of their grandchildren’s school event when the accident occurred.

    Larry and Lina are survived by their daughters Michelle Owen and Denise Perry and seven grandchildren.  


    The memorial services will be at South East Church of Christ at

    10:00 am Saturday February 6th 2016

    2400 West Bay Area Boulevard

    Friendswood, Texas 77546

    281-992-2168


    Larry was a benchmark in the fire protection industry and he will be greatly missed.


    Sincerely,

    The SFPE Officers


  • 10/14/2015 9:33 AM | Anonymous

    Congratulations!


    The Houston SFPE Chapter has been awarded the BRONZE Chapter Excellence Award.  This award recognizes our chapter’s accomplishments in demonstrating excellence in contributing to the needs of the members and the Society.

     

    Thank you to the dedication and hard work of several of our members and past presidents for elevating our chapter to the point of being recognized as excellent.  There are a few members that it seems would be appropriate to recognize their activities that contributed to the decision to award Houston the SFPE Chapter Excellence Award:


    To promote fire protection engineering as a career path, Will Clay and Rob Hicks spoke to the Director of Engineering Program at Memorial High School and David Fiedler spoke to Fire Protection Engineer students at University of Maryland.  Mike Crawley shared his expertise at the NFPA expo – his topic was fire protection in health care. Peter Rollinger offers his experience to the Construction Industry Council.  Also, thank you to the Houston SFPE Chapter board members and officers for sharing their time and experience.


    The award will be presented on Sunday, November 8th during the SFPE Annual Business meeting from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm as part of the 2015 North America Conference & Expo:  Freedom to Design being held November 8 -13 at the Loews Hotel in Philadelphia, PA. 


    If you plan on attending the North America Conference & Expo and will be in Philadelphia on November 8, please contact me at president@sfpehouston.org. It would be good to have a representative from the Houston chapter to accept the award.


    Sincerely,

    Amy Flower

    president@sfpehouston.org


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