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: 2015 IBC Chapter 7 “Fire and Smoke Protection Features” with current Virginia Amendments

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

Fire-resistance-rated construction is one form of fire protection in building design and is often referred to as “passive protection.” Fire-resistance-rated building elements provide “passive” resistance to the advance of fire, as opposed to “active” fire protection systems, such as automatic sprinkler systems, which actively attempt to suppress a fire. Chapter 7 provides detailed requirements for this “passive” approach. This presentation will explore how various elements are constructed and how openings and penetrations are protected.

Kenney Payne
Dean of Moseley University, Quality Control, Risk Management, and Training
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.