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Fire protection - Engineering

Fire protection engineering (also known as fire engineering or fire safety engineering) is the application of science and engineering principles to protect people and their environments from the destructive effects of fire and smoke

 The discipline of fire protection engineering includes, but is not exclusive to:

  •  Active fire protection - fire suppression systems, and fire alarm.
  •  Passive fire protection - fire and smoke barriers, space separation
  •  Smoke control and management
  •  Escape facilities- Emergency exits, Fire lifts etc.
  •  Building design, layout, and space planning
  •  Fire prevention programs
  •  Fire dynamics and fire modeling
  •  Human behavior during fire events
  •  Risk analysis, including economic factors

 Fire protection engineers identify risks and design safeguards that aid in preventing, controlling, and mitigating the effects of fires. Fire protection engineers assist architects, building owners and developers in evaluating buildings' life safety and property protection goals. FPEs are also employed as fire investigators, including such very large-scale cases as the analysis of the collapse of the World Trade Centers. NASA uses fire protection engineers in its space program to help improve safety. Fire protection engineers are also employed to provide 3rd party review for performance based fire engineering solutions submitted in support of local building regulation applications.