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!




6604 W Broad Street
Richmond, VA (Map)

Topic: Firefighting and fire protection challenges of automated warehouse storage systems.

Joint meeting with ASSE

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

Automated storage retrieval systems using robots powered by batteries that pull orders from tightly spaced bins limit the flue spaces and aisles that fire protection engineers are accustom to. Even though sprinkler operations can be satisfactory, final extinguishment by firefighters has proven to be difficult. Some public fire brigades have stated that they will not attempt to fight such a fire unless people are trapped in the building. These fires can be fought successfully, but they require planning. The presenter has fought such a fire as a firefighter and has also been part of numerous full-scale fire tests at UL. Insights and lessons learned will be presented.

John Frank
Loss Prevention Center of Excellence Leader
AXA XL Risk Consulting

In Memoriam: Lee Warnick

Lee Warnick was a long time member of the SFPE Central VA chapter. Most recently, he worked at Appendix R Solutions leading the Fire Protection team. On January 8, 2019, Lee passed away after a year and a half battle with renal cancer. Lee's absence from the meetings has been a noticable one and he will continue to be missed. You can read his obituary here.