Technical Areas

SFPE's Technical committees and task groups develop engineering guides, standards, and other technical initiatives of the Society. 

Technical Committee News

Subcommittee for Research & Innovation Launches Roadmap that Identifies Research Needs for the Fire Safety Engineering Profession

On Tuesday October 10 at the SFPE North America Conference and Expo in Montreal, Canada, the SFPE Subcommittee for Research and Innovation (SCRI) unveiled SFPEs research roadmap that highlights the research needs for the fire safety engineering profession. This roadmap is intended to be a living document that will be central to defining the future of SFPEs technical initiatives.  Its main focus was based on what research is needed by practicing fire safety/protection engineers. The roadmap can be found at Since this is intended to be a living document, the SCRI will always be looking for your feedback on how to improve this document. Please send comments to the SFPE Technical Director at

Subcommittee for Standards Oversight Publishes New Technical Document Procedures

The SFPE Subcommittee for Standards Oversight (SCSO) recently published two new policy statements: “SFPE Technical Document Development Procedures” and “ANSI Accredited Standards Development Procedures.” These documents will replace the “SFPE Guide and Engineering Practice Document Development Procedures (June, 2004)” and “SFPE Standards Development Procedures (Approved March, 2005, Revised April, 2008).”
The first new document “SFPE Technical Document Development Procedures” outlines procedures for the:

  • Development of Standards that are not accredited by ANSI        
  • Development of Engineering Guides (note: engineering guides are not accredited by ANSI)
  • Role of Subcommittee for Standards Oversight (SCSO)
  • Role of Technical committees that develop Standards
  • Role Task groups that produce Engineering Guides 

The second document “ANSI Accredited Standards Development Procedures” outlines the procedures for standards that will be accredited by ANSI.  Both documents can be found on the SFPE Technical Page at

SFPE Human Behavior Meets at SFPE Headquarters to Review Public Comments on the 1st Draft of the SFPE Guide to Human Behavior in Fire, 2nd Edition

On January 22-23, the SFPE Human Behavior Task Group met at SFPE Headquarters to review public comments on the 1st draft of the SFPE Guide to Human Behavior in Fire, 2nd Edition. The Task Group reviewed over 80 comments. Moving forward the draft guide will have a final ballot by the Task Group and Subcommittee for Standards Oversight.

Besides updating all the good information from the 1st edition, the new version will include information on:

a)            Incapacitating Effects of Fire Effluent & Toxicity Analysis Methods

b)            Occupant Behavioral Scenarios

c)            Movement Models and Behavioral Models

d)            Egress Model Selection, Verification, and Validation

e)            Estimation of Uncertainty and Use of Safety Factors

f)            Enhancing Human Response to Emergency Notification and Messaging

Upcoming Technical Committee/Task Group/Working Group Meetings:

  • Thursday, February 22, 2018 11am Eastern Time
    ICC Working Group – Online
  • Tuesday, February 27 4pm Eastern Time
    SFPE S.01 Risk Working Group -- Online
  • Monday, March 5, 2018 8am Eastern Time 
    SFPE Risk Task Group – Online
  • Tuesday, March 6, 2018 2pm Eastern Time
    NFPA Working Group – Online

Current Technical Committees & Task groups

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