Reminder 1st 2017 Lunch Meeting – January 12th, 2017 @ 11:30 am

Dear SFPE San Diego Chapter,

Please join us for our January 12th Meeting!


Daniel M. Bridgett, PE


Daniel Bridgett will present on the changes to the DOD UFC 3-600-01, “Fire Protection Engineering for Facilities” 08 August 2016 Edition with Change 1, 28 November 2016.


Daniel Bridgett recently retired from the Naval facilities Engineering Command Southwest, after 30 years as an FPE in NAVFAC facility design and construction.  NAVFAC is the design and construction agent for Military construction projects throughout the southwestern United States.  Facility types include everything from aircraft hangars, hospitals, training facilities and maintenance facilities to dining facilities, gymnasiums, barracks and family housing.

He was the Technical Discipline Coordinator (TDC) for the Fire Protection Engineering Community at NAVFAC SW for the past 8 years.  The TDC is a technical expert in a leadership position at NAVFAC SW. The FPE TDC is considered the authority for that discipline at the Command

In 2009 he was presented with a Department of the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award and was NAVFAC SW Engineer of the Year in 2008.  He was Chairman of the San Diego Board of Building Appeals and Advisors from 1995-2003 (volunteer position), and I was a member of the Emergency Communications Systems Technical Committee for the National Fire Protection Association Fire Alarm Code (NFPA 72) from 2008-2015.

Daniel Bridgett is a graduate of the University of Maryland school of Fire Protection Engineering and is a licensed FPE in the state of California (CA Lic # FP1183).

He is also a Member of NFPA and SFPE.

Since retiring from NAVFAC he has started Bridgett Engineering LLP, and have worked on several design/build projects as the Contractor’s FPE DOR and FPE QC Specialist, responsible for the fire protection and life safety related portions of designs and QC oversight of fire protection systems and features during construction.


Sizzler’s Restaurant

3755 Murphy Canyon Rd, San Diego, CA, (858) 278-6988
Date:  Thursday – January 12, 2017 11:30 AM PDT

Please use the pay pal link below to prepay and remember to enter your cooking preference for your steak should you choose that option.


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SFPE SD December Meeting Update

SFPE SD Members,

Please join us for this fun event, our December Holiday Bowling Part on Wednesday December 14th, 2016.

Please RSVP and Pay for our Holiday party below.

Sponsors Needed;

We would  welcome any Sponsors with donations towards this event such as $50, $100, $150 in addition to any Raffle prizes.

December 14th –  Holiday Bowling Party    – Right now we reserved 7 lanes (28 or 35 people)

Date:  Wednesday  December 14th, 2016

Time: 11:30am – 2 pm

Presentation by Susan Day with Burn Institute (11:30 am – noon) in bar area

Bowling (noon – 2pm)


Kearny Mesa Bowl    – (858) 279-1501

7585 Clairemont Mesa Bldvd

San Diego, CA 92111


Members $20

Non-Members $25

Included in payment: Bowling for 2 hrs (inc.l shoes) and food

Food: Pizza, Salad, Appetizers and Sodas (Beers not included)

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SFPE Website Updates

Good Afternoon, Please make note that we have made some updates to our website this morning. Our events page has been updated to show you the dates for the rest of the year for our meetings and social events that you can take part in.

Also, please head over to our JOB POSTING page to take a look at some new positions that have been created and forward that information to anyone you know that is currently looking for a new position.

SFPE SD November 10th –  Lunch Meeting


Speaker: Gregory Anderson

Topic: We will plan on discussing the following:

  • Changes to the 2016 Title 24 that the SFM brought forward (not model code changes)

o   WUI- new ASTM Standards

o   Fixed Guideway Transit Systems

o   CFC Chapter 56 on Explosives and Fireworks

  • Supplement to the 2016 codes (effective July 2018)

o   WUI Task Force

o   I-3 Task Force

o   Model Code Changes (Energy Storage Systems, Solar, Mobile Fueling, etc.)

  • Title 19 Changes
  • Recent Code Interpretations or Information Bulletins
  • Any other pertinent updates within other SFM Divisions (Fire Engineering, Fire and Life Safety)


Gregory Andersen has been the Division Chief of Code Development & Analysis for CAL FIRE/Office of the State Fire Marshal since September 1, 2016.  Greg began his State service in November 1994 at California Highway Patrol as a Commercial Vehicle Inspection Specialist.  In 2001 Greg accepted a position at CAL FIRE as a Deputy State Fire Marshal in West Covina.  During Greg’s career has promoted through the ranks, from a field deputy, a plan reviewer and a Supervising Deputy Fire Marshal responsible for the Fire & Life Safety Division in the Central Valley.

Greg started on the education path with a major in physics, but holds a Master of Arts in Leadership Studies, a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Management, an Associate of Science in Business Administration, and an Associate of Science in Fire Technology.  Greg is also a certified Fire Marshal by the State Board of Fire Service.


Sizzler’s Restaurant

3755 Murphy Canyon Rd, San Diego, CA, (858) 278-6988
Date:  Thursday – November 10, 2016 11:30 AM PDT 

Important Update

Sizzler’s has changed their menu for our lunch meeting where individual meals are not  available but instead  everyone still has access to their Salad Bar, and we will order Chicken and  Steak buffet style platter sets as needed.

Please use the pay pal link below to prepay and remember to enter your cooking preference for your steak should you choose that option.

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SFPE SD October 20th –  Lunch Meeting

Speaker:  Jay Levy – EATON – Life Safety

Topic:    Mass Notification and the Latest Codes


The presentation will cover Mass Notification and the Latest Codes. It begins with the evolution of MNS and how the code has developed.          Also Emergency Communication Strategies, Where to begin, Elements of Risk Analysis, Emergency Response Plan & Stakeholders



I’ve been in the industry for over 40 years having worked for Honeywell, System Sensor, Fire-lite, Radionics, Detection Systems, Bosch, Morse Products, Hochiki and currently at Eaton in their Life Safety and Mass Notifications Systems division.



Sizzler’s Restaurant

3755 Murphy Canyon Rd, San Diego, CA, (858) 278-6988
Date:  Thursday – October 20, 2016 11:30 AM PDT 


Important Update

Sizzler’s has changed their menu for our lunch meeting where individual meals are not  available but instead  everyone still has access to their Salad Bar, and we will order Chicken and  Steak buffet style platter sets as needed.

Please use the pay pal link below to prepay and remember to enter your cooking preference for your steak should you choose that option.

Your Membership Level

September 2016 Meeting Announcement – Modeling the Impact of Ventilation in Residential Construction with FDS


Aric Carracino is an Associate Fire Protection Engineer in the San Diego Jensen Hughes office where his experience includes smoke control system design, and design and review of fire alarm and fire sprinkler systems for private and military projects. Aric received a B.S. in Materials Engineering and an M.S. in Fire Protection Engineering from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

Presentation Topic: Modeling the Impact of Ventilation in Residential Construction with FDS

Summary: Underwriters Laboratories (UL) has conducted large-scale fire experiments ion one and two story residential structures intended to represent typical single family residences. The main purpose of these experiments was to evaluate and develop fireground tactics that can be used by firefighters to fight modern residential fires more effectively and safely. As a graduate school project at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, fire models were developed using Fire Dynamics Simulator (FDS) to recreate the one story and two story fire experiments conducted by UL. The ultimate goal is to use these models for firefighter training purposes so that firefighters can explore the effects of different ventilation tactics on expected fire conditions. The presentation will review the development of the FDS fire models including the required material properties to develop two different pyrolysis models to recreate the flame spread and fire growth recorded in the UL fire experiments.

Meeting will be held : Thursday 9/22/2016

For those who plan to attend, could you please RSVP ASAP for our menu planning purposes at Sizzlers.


Sizzler’s Restaurant

3755 Murphy Canyon Rd, San Diego, CA, (858) 278-6988

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Also, please be advised, new 2017 membership fees are due as of 9/1/2016.

Please visit to pay your 2016-2017 dues.

Come Join The SD SFPE Chapter!!

The SFPE San Diego and Imperial County Chapter will be having an informal meeting and Happy Hour at Alesmith Brewery at 5:30 pm on August 23, 2016. We encourage all members to attend, if not to provide some ideas/presentations for the upcoming year for our chapter, but to enjoy the company of individuals who see the importance of fire safety in the San Diego area.  If you or anyone you know has a general interest in fire safety and want to know more, we encourage you attend.  Please join us for some good company.


Reminder, Dues for the upcoming year are due September 1st.


Event: Meeting/Happy Hour

Date: Tuesday August 23, 2016

Time: 5:30 PM

Location: Alesmith Brewery,  9990 AleSmith Ct, San Diego, CA 92126

Welcome- Derek Duval

I would like to welcome you to the San Diego and Imperial County Chapter of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE). We are individuals in Southern California joined together using engineering, math, and science to protect people and property from fire and its effects in the built environment.

As we roll into the 2016-2017 year for our Chapter, we are building on to the success of our previous year and the work of the previous board. We strive for excellence, keeping our members involved, up to date on industry standards, and expanding our ever growing network of fire protection engineers/designers/AHJs in San Diego. In addition to keeping our members at the fore front of fire protection, we also are actively engaged with the increasing the awareness and need for fire protection engineers and fire safety in the built environment.

We hold monthly meetings as a means to exchange new and exciting information in the field of fire protection. Topics can include updates to building and fire codes, new technology, changes and trends, research projects, fire modeling, and many more. If there is a topic that you wish to learn more about this year, please email the board at Yearly, we hold a charity golf tournament to benefit the San Diego Burn Foundation.

So we invite designers, engineers, installers, governing officials, and any other individuals in the field of fire protection or fire safety to join our Chapter to further expand your network and knowledge.

Please explore our website, as it includes upcoming meetings, chapter officers and members, sponsorship information, golf tournaments, and job postings.

All the best,

Derek Duval, SFPE President

Event Announcement: 2016 Fire Protection Engineering Symposium, 05 Oct 2016

Upcoming event information:
2016 Fire Protection Engineering Symposium Old Ranch Country Club – 3901 Lampson Avenue Seal Beach, CA 90740
Date: 05 Oct 2016 7:00 AM PDT

The Southern California Chapter of SFPE is hosting the 2016 Fire Protection Engineering Symposium.

Invited speakers will present hot topics in the fire protection industry. Also, the newest fire safety technologies will be exhibited.

Proceeds benefit the Southern California Chapter of SFPE Scholarship Fund.

Come learn about fire protection engineering and support students.

Check out flyer (for complete details)

Old Ranch Country Club

3901 Lampson Avenue

Seal Beach, CA 90740


Wednesday, October 5th, 2016


7:00 – 8:00     Registration and Refreshments

8:00 – 8:15     Welcome

8:15 – 9:00     Fire Safety of Large Wooden Structures
                       Dr. Frederick W. Mowrer, Cal Poly SLO

9:00 – 9:45     Fire Safety Challenges of Tall Wooden Buildings

Amanda Kimball, Fire Protection Research Foundation                                                

9:45 – 10:00   Break and Refreshments

10:00 – 10:45   Fire Alarm Systems and the Internet of Things (IoT)

Dr. Shane Clary, Bay Alarm                    

10:45 – 11:30  Healthcare Facilities Construction Update from OSHPD

Gary Dunger, OSHPD                            

11:30 – 12:00   The Good, The Bad & The Ugly of the Regulator Relationship

                         Chief Tonya L. Hoover, California State Fire Marshal                                                

12:00 – 12:45   Lunch Provided

12:45 – 1:30    Lithium-Ion Battery Flammability Characterization for Storage Protection & Current Research                                                                                   

                        Amanda Kimball, Fire Protection Research Foundation                                            

1:30 – 2:15      Preventing Lithium-Ion Battery Therma Runaway

Nicholas Johnson, 3M                              

2:15 – 2:30      Break and Refreshments

2:30 – 3:15      Obstructions and Early Suppression Fast Response (ESFR) Sprinklers Garner 

                        Palenske, Jensen Hughes                          

3:15 – 4:00      Addressing Corrosion Concerns in Sprinkle Systems

Jake Lehmann, South-Tek 

Lunch included with Symposium Fees

To Benefit SFPE Scholarship Fund
See links below for Sysmposium Agenda, Registration, and Exhibitor/Sponsor Forms : 2016 Fire Protection Engineering Symposium

FPE Symposium Agenda.pdf

FPE Symposium Registration Flyer.pdf

FPE Symposium Exhibitors and Sponsors Information.pdf

Please visit for more information.

Outgoing Message From WIlliam Fletcher, 2015 Chapter President & SFPE Award for Chapter Excellence

Hi SD SFPE Chapter,

I wanted to take a moment to thank everyone of you for your help and support during my term as president of the chapter. As Derek prepares to take over the chapter with his first meeting in September I hope that you will provide him with the same support and effort!

I am proud to share with you that our chapter received the Gold Award for Chapter Excellence from SFPE. My first year we did not get recognized, last year we received the bronze, and this year the GOLD.     We’ve made a lot of changes, hopefully for the better and I think Derek is the right guy to continue this effort.


So Derek best of luck, I’m glad my reign can end on a positive note.  This chapter is yours.

Hope you all have a safe summer!

The SFPE Board of Directors established the Award for Chapter Excellence (ACE – formerly known as the Chapter Excellence Awards) to recognize Chapters that demonstrate excellence in contributing to the needs of their members and the Society.  Three levels of recognition are awarded – Gold, Silver and Bronze.  The 2016 winners are:


Carolinas Chapter

Central Savannah River Area Chapter

Central Virginia Chapter

Great Plains Chapter

Hawaii Chapter

Mid-South Chapter

San Diego and Imperial Counties Chapter

Southern Ontario Chapter

St. Lawrence Chapter

Taiwan Chapter

Tennessee Valley Chapter



Chicago Chapter

Dallas-Ft. Worth Chapter

Greater Atlanta Chapter

Houston Chapter

Middle Tennessee Chapter

Mo-Kan Chapter

New England Chapter

New Jersey Chapter

New York Empire Chapter

Northern California – Nevada Chapter

Oklahoma Chapter

Philadelphia-Delaware Chapter

Pittsburgh-Three Rivers Chapter

P.R. China Chapter

Rocky Mountain Chapter

Spanish Chapter

Swedish Chapter

U.K. Chapter



Arizona Chapter

Benelux Chapter

Central Gulf Coast Chapter

Chesapeake Chapter

Columbia Basin Chapter

French Chapter

Hong Kong Chapter

Japan Chapter

Michigan Chapter

Minnesota Chapter

National Capital Region Chapter

Northeast Ohio Chapter

Southern California Chapter

Southern Nevada Chapter

Triangle-NC Chapter

University of Queensland Student Chapter

Utah Chapter

 The Awards for Chapter Excellence will be presented on Sunday, September 25th during the SFPE Annual Business Meeting from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. as part of the 2016 North America Conference & Expo:  Engineering for Peak Performance being held September 25-30 at the Denver Marriott City Center in Denver, CO.  For full conference details or to register