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Find out what is new and exciting in the fire protection engineering industry! Click on any of the individual news postings to find out more.

If you have any any newsworthy information that might be of interest to our members including promotions, retirements, transfers, change of employment, articles that you have come across, we encourage you to send it to us. Forward your story to president@sfpesoc.com for consideration.

  • Tuesday, December 16, 2014 6:05 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    TORONTO, Ontario -- On December 9th, 2014, the Southern Ontario Chapter recognized their newest Past-President and their Corporate Members prior to their Lunch & Learn event. They also made a sizable contribution to the Thomas Chiang Memorial Award.

    Edward Koe receives his commemorative pinThe Chapter was delighted to recognize Edward Koe for his many years of involvement on the Chapter's Executive Committee and his contributions to the Chapter. "We are pleased to continue to have the opportunity to work with Ed in his roll on the committee as our Past-President" said Melinda Amador, Chapter President. Ed was awarded with a commemorative SFPE President’s Pin and a plaque recognizing his contributions the Chapter. Thank you Ed!

    Corporate Members with their certificate of appreciationThe Chapter also took the opportunity to thank their eighteen Corporate Members for their continuous support towards promoting the fire protection engineering agenda. "It was a pleasure to honour each of our members with their certificates at our December 2014 meeting" said Paul Johnston, Membership Chair. "Without their support we wouldn't be as strong as we are today, and as Membership Chair, and on behalf of the Southern Ontario Chapter of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers Executive Board, we thank you."

    Lindsay Osborne selects the TCMA 50/50 draw winner.Finally, the Chapter was delighted to make a significant contribution towards the Thomas Chiang Memorial Award. The contribution was made possible through the generosity of our members and guests attending the December Lunch & Learn event. Attendees of the event participated in the Chapter's annual 50/50 draw raising $130 towards the award. The winner of the draw, Domingos Lopes, went on to donate his $130 winnings to the award to bring the total contribution to the award to $260!! The Chapter has raised $435 so far this season and will match all donations received. The winners of the award, who are deserving students pursuing an education in Fire Protection, will be announced in May.

  • Wednesday, December 03, 2014 8:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Attention Members! SFPE International’s Educational & Scientific Foundation Board of Governors makes numerous scholarships and awards available each year. The Dr. Guylène Proulx Scholarship provides at least one recipient with up to $5,000.00 annually. The scholarship is awarded to an undergraduate or graduate student undertaking a research project in the field of human factors or human behaviour related to fire or emergencies.

    As described on the SFPE website, Dr. Guylène Proulx was an outstanding researcher in human factors and human behavior related to fire. She received her Ph.D. in architectural planning/environmental psychology from the Université de Montréal in 1992, following which she joined the Institute for Research in Construction, National Research Council Canada (NRC) to conduct research in human factors related to fire. For that research, she received international acclaim from all of the diverse interests in the fire safety community. This scholarship honors her legacy by building on the research in her chosen profession.

    Application details are available at the following websites:

    Applications are required to be received by December 31, 2014 to be eligible for review by the international panel.

    Please consider if you or your colleagues may be eligible to apply for this scholarship, or others made available by SFPE International.

  • Monday, November 10, 2014 2:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    SFPE Logo SignatureBETHESDA, Maryland -- SFPE has officially changed its logo and tagline to convey a more contemporary, bold and global image while maintaining the iconic triangle. The logo represents the new brand as it continues to attract and bring together the community of fire protection and fire safety engineers, and its allied stakeholders, around the world.

    Similarly, the new tagline, Engineering A Fire Safe World, was selected as it communicates a broadening of SFPE's base worldwide, while still maintaining the emphasis on engineering.

    "We are excited to launch a new logo and tagline that reflects the evolution and future of the SFPE global brand," said Carl Baldassarra, SFPE President. "The SFPE Board of Directors has spent the better part of 2014 reviewing our strategic direction and plans for the future. Rebranding with a stronger image and more inclusive messaging was needed if we are to better serve the global community and attract the next generation into the profession."

    The new logo and tagline were unveiled at SFPE's Conference & Expo in Long Beach, California on October 12. New logos have also been created for all of SFPE's chapters, Corporate 100 and SFPE Foundation.

    The Southern Ontario Chapter is excited to begin phasing out use of the old logo as we implement the new brand and logo.

  • Monday, November 03, 2014 9:30 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Melinda Amador attended the 2014 SFPE Conference and Expo, including the SFPE International Business Meeting, held in Long Beach from October 12-17, 2014 to represent our Chapter.

    We are pleased to announce that the Southern Ontario Chapter was the recipient of a Chapter of Excellence Award, and Melinda was on-hand to receive the award on behalf of the Chapter. This is the first award for our Chapter and recognizes the efforts of our dedicated Executive Committee and the continued support and contributions from our members. Thank you to everyone for their support!

    2014 Bronze Patch

  • Wednesday, October 22, 2014 4:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Attention Members! For your information we have attached a letter from the Fire Marshal and Chief, Emergency Management that has been prepared to remind owners and operators of vulnerable occupancies about the upcoming compliance deadlines for applicable Fire Code requirements. Please distribute this information to your colleagues.

    VulnerableOccupancies17Oct2014.pdf

  • Friday, June 27, 2014 5:09 PM | Anonymous member

    On June 5th, 2014 we had the pleasure of hosting our 17th Annual Charity Golf Tournament in support of The Children's Wish Foundation.

    The event was held for the fourth year running at Cardinal golf course who put on another spectacular event.

    Though the weather was cool, it stayed dry, and the wind may have even helped push a few balls closer to the hole, or further in to the trees, depending on who was hitting.

    Our hole sponsors really came through for us, right down to the last minute, and I want to personally thank each and every one of you for stepping up to support this event. Thanks to their generous donations, as well as the Hummer cart raffle (which seemed to be helped along by the presence of a bottle of Scotch) we were able to raise $3700.00 for The Children's Wish Foundation!

    I know that Ethan and his family, along with everyone at the Children's Wish Foundation sincerely appreciate the contributions that each of you have made. And we at The Society of Fire Protection Engineers - Southern Ontario Chapter, would like to thank each participant, hole sponsor, volunteer, and prize donor for continuing to support us in this event.

    Attached is a Thank You letter on behalf of Children's Wish.

    ChildrensWishLetter_20140829.pdf

    We can't wait to see all of you again next year!

    Sincerely,
    Nicole LeBlanc, Intact Insurance
    Golf Chair

     

  • Tuesday, April 22, 2014 10:00 AM | Anonymous

    Dear friends and avid golfers,

    It's that time of year again! Registration for our 17th Annual Charity Golf Tournament is now open!

    Please join us on Thursday, June 5th, 2014 for a great day of golf, food and friendship in support of The Children’s Wish Foundation.

    Once again, we will be returning to the beautiful and challenging Cardinal Golf Club in Newmarket.

    Here are some of the details:

    • $200 for individual registration - OR - save $100 for a foursome!
    • $250 for a hole sponsorship - OR - save $50 with a foursome registration!
    • Great prizes!

    Visit our golf page for more information.

    We look forward to seeing you.

    All the best,
    Nicole

    Nicole Leblanc
    Tournament Organizer
    golf@sfpesoc.com
    Cell: 416-529-2465

  • Monday, April 21, 2014 5:30 PM | Anonymous

    SFPE members are invited to attend Canadian Automatic Sprinkler Association's upcoming Fire Sprinkler Educational Seminars that will be taking place in Toronto, ON—Tuesday May 26th thru 28th—and in Ottawa, ON—Tuesday May 29th & 30th. All seminar attendee’s will receive a free workbook, continental breakfast, and morning and afternoon coffee break. For more information and to view all of CASA's Seminar Topics and Locations across Canada please visit our website at http://www.casa-firesprinkler.org/news-events/live-technical-seminars. Please feel free to pass this information on to any of your colleagues who may be interested in attending the seminars.

    TORONTO, ON – Monday May 26th thru Wednesday May 28th

    Monday May 26th – NFPA 13 Sprinkler System Installation Requirements

    There are hundreds of types of sprinklers in use today. Determining where to locate them can be a complex task. They need to be spaced properly and installed in specific locations to ensure coverage of the protected area and located far enough away from obstructions to ensure that the spray pattern can adequately develop and control or suppress a fire. The rules that govern this complex matrix of decisions are found in Chapter 8 of NFPA 13 on Installation Requirements. This fast paced and interactive seminar will guide the participant through series of decisions and requirements that lead to compliance with NFPA 13 and ensure the system will operate properly when needed.

    Tuesday May 27th – Acceptance Testing and Hydraulics for Plan Reviewers

    This seminar will cover the acceptance test requirements for new fire sprinkler systems, underground fire mains, and fire pumps. It will also address the situations where equipment in existing systems is repaired or replaced. Next, the program will cover basic hydraulics. The program will conclude with a look at the standardized forms that NFPA 13 uses for computer generated hydraulic calculations and how to review these forms for the important information necessary for plan review.

    Wednesday May 28th – Pumps for Fire Protection

    Utilizing NFPA 20, Standard for the Installation of Stationary Pumps for Fire Protection this one-day program guides the participant through the basic operating principles of fire pumps; the requirements for the various components that make up a fire pump package and addresses the requirements for acceptance testing for the pump to ensure proper operation.

    OTTAWA, ON – Thursday May 29th & 30th

    Thursday May 29th – NFPA 13 Sprinkler System Installation Requirements

    There are hundreds of types of sprinklers in use today. Determining where to locate them can be a complex task. They need to be spaced properly and installed in specific locations to ensure coverage of the protected area and located far enough away from obstructions to ensure that the spray pattern can adequately develop and control or suppress a fire. The rules that govern this complex matrix of decisions are found in Chapter 8 of NFPA 13 on Installation Requirements. This fast paced and interactive seminar will guide the participant through series of decisions and requirements that lead to compliance with NFPA 13 and ensure the system will operate properly when needed.

    Friday May 30th – Acceptance Testing and Hydraulics for Plan Reviewers

    This seminar will cover the acceptance test requirements for new fire sprinkler systems, underground fire mains, and fire pumps. It will also address the situations where equipment in existing systems is repaired or replaced. Next, the program will cover basic hydraulics. The program will conclude with a look at the standardized forms that NFPA 13 uses for computer generated hydraulic calculations and how to review these forms for the important information necessary for plan review.

  • Tuesday, April 15, 2014 4:00 PM | Anonymous

    Media sources revealed last week that an Internet security vulnerability known as the 'Heartbleed bug' has potentially put two thirds of secure websites at risk.

    This bug has to do with OpenSSL software code that protects the privacy of sensitive details (e.g. passwords) when accessing secure websites.

    SFPE-SOC Users Are Unaffected

    Our webhost provider immediately conducted a comprehensive security analysis of their servers and it has shown that we are not affected by this bug. (A big contributing factor was that they mostly use Microsoft servers which use different software code for handling security.)

    Your passwords and information are safe and secure through our website.

  • Thursday, March 06, 2014 10:30 AM | Anonymous

    On March 18th, 2014, The Canadian Wood Council will be hosting a one-day technical workshop in Toronto on Fire Performance in Wood Buildings.

    For more information, please see the Canadian Wood Council's event posting.

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