To promote the art and science of fire protection engineering and its allied fields, to maintain a high professional standard among its members, and to foster fire protection engineering education.
Chicago fire protection engineers were a major force behind the formation of the international Society in 1950. Chicago members then pushed for the establishment of chapters within the Society, and the Chicago chapter became the first one in 1953. SFPE now has over 4000 members in nearly 50 chapters worldwide.
Chapter membership is open to individuals who hold any grade of membership in the Society. Non-members may attend meetings, and a mailing list is maintained for notifying them of upcoming events. Annual chapter dues for members (after the first year!) are $35; The mailing list fee for non-members is $40 a year. Click on the CLUB EXPRESS link to join!
Monthly luncheon meetings, usually featuring a technical presentation relating to fire protection engineering, are scheduled from September through June each year. For a time, meetings were held at Costa’s, corner of Halsted and VanBuren, Chicago, until it burned to the ground hours before one of our scheduled monthly chapter meetings. Now, meetings are split between downtown Chicago and suburban restaurants. Chapter-sponsored social events include a corned-beef-and-cabbage dinner each Spring and a Summer golf outing. View meeting schedule.
The chapter encourages the study of fire protection engineering by presenting scholarships to students studying this field at an accredited university. Contact Keith Enstrom on eligibility requirements and submittal of applications.
The Chicago Chapter publishes its newsletter as part of this website. THE EXTINGUISHER on line informs members and friends of upcoming activities and events. A regular feature is “Job Postings”, where employers can list current openings for FPEs at no cost, and minutes of Executive Committee meetings keep members updated on current and future chapter happenings. Publication of the printed newsletter has been suspended.
The Chicago Chapter participates in annual Engineers Week activities and is a member of the Illinois Engineering Council. A joint meeting with the Greater Chicago Chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers is held early each year.
The Chicago Chapter recognizes outstanding achievement by means of two awards. The Joseph B. Finnegan Award, named in honor of the long- time head of the fire protection engineering curriculum at Armour Institute and Illinois Institute of Technology, is presented to a person in the Chicago metropolitan area in recognition of outstanding contributions or long devoted service to the field of fire protection engineering. The Lew Freeman Service Award, named after one of the Chapter founding members, is presented to a member who has rendered long and extraordinary service to the Chapter. See list of all past award winners.