While the craft of fire protection engineering is visible in every day life, few people know that it is indeed its own engineering discipline. In short, fire protection engineering designs ways to protect people from fire. Since any feature of the built environment is susceptible to the effects of fire, fire protection engineering is an engineering discipline that crosses over with other engineering disciplines and fields, including architecture, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, plumbing engineering, low voltage systems, and construction. For this reason, fire protection engineering can be a difficult endeavor, and most practicing fire protection engineers have over 20 years of experience because it requires the knowledge of these other fields and of the many codes and standards within it.
The only engineering discipline that may be as heavily codified as fire protection engineering is structural engineering. The implementation of fire protection engineering involves state and federal legislation, state codes, national codes and standards, fire testing data from national laboratories, and individual product listings. The navigation of these requirements necessitates a technical expert, who is not only knowledgeable in the basic scientific principles of fire protection, but also the legal framework of it and how it is mandated in our society. Fire protection engineering aims at life safety for the public and for firefighters, property protection, ensuring business continuity, and the preservation of the environment.
Design and consulting
Design and consulting engineering solutions for: water-based suppression systems, fire alarm systems, special hazards systems, smoke control systems, egress systems, and code compliant building solutions.
Fire and life safety
Fire and life safety building code consulting: integrative solutions for all the fire and life safety codes that apply to your project, including: means of egress, occupancy use group, use group separation, incidental separation, special use group requirements, height and area compliance, construction type, fire rated construction, and fire protection system requirements. For the IBC, this normally entails compliance with Chapters 3 – 10.
Serve as engineer of record for system design, certifications, engineering judgments, and calculations. Engineer of record shall be as defined in the respective state's laws, rules, and regulations (this service is not available in Kentucky).
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