Welcome to the Central Virginia Chapter of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers!

The mission of the international Society of Fire Protection Engineers is “to define, develop, and advance the use of engineering best practices; expand the scientific and technical knowledge base; and educate the global fire safety community, in order to reduce fire risk.”

Our chapter supports this mission by providing educational, networking, and social opportunities for individuals working in or interested in fields related to fire protection. We hold monthly meetings in Richmond, VA from September through May, except for December. The meeting format is typically a 1 hour educational seminar, followed by a meal and social.

Come to our next meeting!




Nick's Roman Terrace
Westland Shopping Center
8051 W Broad St
Henrico, VA (Map)

Topic: Fire Protection in Data Centers, Computer Equipment Areas, and Energy Storage Systems

Starts: 4:00 p.m. (Dinner at 5:00 p.m.)

Nick Johnson is a research engineer in 3M™ Company’s Electronic Material Solutions Division, working the fluoro-chemicals lab. He provides technical support for Novec™ 1230 and is directly involved in new fire protection applications as well as vetting of new novel fluids with potential as future fire suppression agents. Over the past five years, Nick’s research has been focused on thermal management of lithium ion batteries and mitigating the potential of cascading thermal runaway within such batteries. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of St. Thomas and is an alternate on the developing NFPA 855: Standard for the Installation of Stationary Energy Storage Systems and a liaison member of SAE G27: Lithium Battery Packaging Performance.

Nick Johson
Research Engineer
Electronics Materials Solutions Division 3M