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: Elevator Sprinklers and Detectors: Who Wants What, Where, and Why?

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

An exploration of the intersection of four codes and standards: The Elevator Code (ASME A17.1), the Building Code (IBC), NFPA 13, and NFPA 72, this presentation will go through the requirements of each as it relates to when to provide sprinklers and detection, and when to omit them, and go through the commentary to explain the reasoning behind the requirements. With four different codes and standards to coordinate, what could go wrong?! Joe has 10 years of experience in fire protection engineering, and has been involved in SFPE for much of that time. Prior to that he graduated from VCU with a degree in mechanical engineering at VCU and had no idea what fire protection engineering was. Joe enjoys playing music, golf, and overly-complicated board games.

Joe Rainey
Moseley Architects

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.