The purpose of SFPE International is to advance the science and practice of fire protection engineering and its allied fields, to maintain a high ethical standard among its members and to foster fire protection engineering education. The mission of the Chapter is to reinforce the Society's purpose here in Southern California.
October 10, 2017:
The purpose of our Chapter is to advance the science and practice of fire protection engineering and its allied fields to maintain a high ethical standard among its members and to foster fire protection engineering education. On October 3, we provided our second Annual Fire Protection Engineering Symposium to advance these purposes. This event was possible due to the efforts of the planning Team during the past twelve (12) months. The members of the Planning Team consisted of Christopher Yang, Gregg Vlahakis, Roland Gutierrez, Sergio Barrueto, Jeffery Halpert, and Ray Bizal. In addition, we had the following four (4) students from Cal Poly SLO volunteer their services on the day of the event to support in the registration, set up, and wherever they were needed. The students attending were Delaney Seeburger, Jacob Ludeman, Alex Dowdy, and Jacob Dentici. Dr. Richard Emberley, Asst. Professor at CAL Poly, gave a presentation on the Masters Fire Protection Engineering program. Also contributing to the successful registration of our event was Michele Knight-Vail and Steven Dannaway. I personally want to thank all of our Board Members for their support and willingness to host this event.
Our 2016 Symposium generated over $4,400 towards scholarships and our 2017 Symposium will contribute another $7,300. The total available funds for scholarships is now over $11,700. We currently are accepting applications for scholarships that are due October 31 and applications will be awarded by December 31.
I am confident that all those who attended our Symposium felt that their time was well spent as they received valuable information from the various speakers/topics. The speaker’s PowerPoint presentations are now available for members on our website. Just click on the “Member Only Content” to view the presentations.
SFPE Southern CA Chapter
Chris Reimer, Chapter President
SFPE has recognized 8 of its members as Fellows for 2017. SFPE Fellows represent a distinguished group of members who have achieved a standard of excellence in the profession. Election to Fellow not only recognizes the achievements of fire protection engineers as individuals, but also their significant contribution to fire protection engineering and society globally.
Our Southern CA SFPE Chapter is excited to announce that one of the eight individuals is a member of our Chapter. Please congratulate Tina King for her commitment to the Society and being recognized as a Fellow! We thank her for her dedication and contributions, and look forward to rely upon her leadership in moving our great profession forward. Again, please congratulate Tina as a member of the the 2017 class of Fellows!
Tina King is a registered P.E. in Fire Protection in the State of California. She started her early career in the 1990’s with IRI (Industrial Risk Insurers), where she gained her solid background in fire protection through their extensive hands-on training program. Over 15 years ago, using the SFPE Reference Manual as a guide, Tina developed on-line P.E. Review Sessions that she taught internally to her peers to help more engineers within the company pass the P.E. Exam in Fire Protection. The Review Sessions were a success and proved to help her colleagues pass the exam. Over the years, her P.E. Review Sessions were offered outside of her organization, and today, through a partnership with the SFPE, and with the assistance of many instructors, the courses touch over 100 participants globally each year. The pass rate of those who engage in the P.E. Review Sessions has grown to approximately 80%. Since the onset of these P.E. Review Sessions, the national average pass rate has increased significantly, yielding more registered P.E.’s in Fire Protection each year! Throughout her career, Tina worked as a field engineer, technical advisor, engineering field leader, and now manages large global accounts for XL GAPS, providing consultative services to help ensure proper fire protection features are in place.