Society of Fire Protection Engineers 
Central Savannah River Area Chapter


The CSRA Chapter believes that community involvement is critical to promoting our profession and furthering the goals and objectives of our society. At the local level, one way the chapter is involved in the community is through the Habitat for Humanity project. The CSRA chapter was the first chapter ever to provide sprinklers in three Habitat houses simultaneously - a feat which has not yet been matched. The chapter also published a homeowners guide which can be found on this site.

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  • 11 May 2017 5:11 PM | Jason Butler (Administrator)

    On May 11th, two CSRA-SFPE chapter officers, Rob Plonski (Vice President) and Rob Hanson (Secretary), volunteered to participate at an event called STEM Fest. Located at Paul Knox middle school, this teach-in was to encourage middle school students to consider a future career science, technology, engineering, or mathematics. CSRA-SFPE had a display table promoting fire protection engineering. Throughout the 3-hour event, over 500 students were exposed to a 5-minute overview of fire protection engineering through thought-provoking questions and exciting experiments. As part of this presentation, fundamentals of combustion, flame propagation, extinguishment principals, and general fire safety were explored. Students of all backgrounds left with newfound knowledge of the four components required for a fire to occur (heat, fuel, oxygen, and chemical reaction) and the fundamental understanding that removal of any one of the four is sufficient enough to extinguish a fire.

  • 21 Feb 2017 12:41 PM | Jason Butler (Administrator)

    The CSRA SFPE hosted our annual NCEES problem writing session in Columbia on Tuesday February 21. Thank you goes out to the SimplexGrinnell office in West Columbia for being our host again this year. Chris Jelenewicz, SFPE International, served as the moderator for the problem writing session. Jason Butler and Thomas Allison submitted 11 new problems to the question pool for the Fire Protection Engineering Exam. NCEES would not be able to offer a PE exam in Fire Protection without the help of volunteers writing questions for the exam.

  • 17 Feb 2017 12:18 PM | Jason Butler (Administrator)

    Members of CSRA-SFPE volunteered their time and knowledge to spread the word about fire behavior during National Engineers Week Teach-ins at Ridge Spring-Monetta Middle School. Presentations were delivered to 6 classes of 6th and 7th grade students throughout the day. (Pictured: Barbara Jackson and Eric Johnson discuss fire topics with students)

  • 05 Nov 2016 11:41 AM | Jason Butler (Administrator)

    On November 5th, 2016, Rob Plonski and Rob Hanson assembled more than 100 packets to be handed out at grocery stores in Augusta, GA. These packets consisted of a flier with information about home fire safety and a new 9-volt battery. The intent of this outreach was to encourage people to change the battery in their home smoke detectors and raise awareness of their importance.

  • 25 Sep 2016 12:52 PM | Jason Butler (Administrator)

    George H. McCall was recognized in the Fellow’s Ceremony at the SFPE North American Conference in September.

  • 25 Sep 2016 12:50 PM | Jason Butler (Administrator)

    During the Awards Luncheon at the 2016 SFPE North America Conference & Expo Ralph Foster and Jason Butler received the society’s “Hat’s Off Award” for their efforts with installing a NFPA 13R sprinkler system for the CAPA house in Beaufort. The new sprinkler system allowed the CAPA house to increase the number of children the facility may shelter for their community.

  • 25 Sep 2016 12:48 PM | Jason Butler (Administrator)

    Paul Anslow represented our chapter by accepting the 2016 Gold Chapter Excellence Award from SFPE International during the 2016 SFPE North America Conference & Expo. This award marks our 11th Gold Chapter Excellence Award and is recognition for our chapter’s representation in the society in our area. Our chapter could not receive this award without the hard work of our chapter members.

  • 15 Sep 2016 5:00 PM | Jason Butler (Administrator)

    (Pictured, from left to right: Paul Anslow, Barbara Jackson, and Stan Hill at our booth moments before the influx of students)

    Members of the CSRA SFPE Chapter attended the 2016 College Night in Augusta, GA, to inform high school students and parents about the vast array of careers in Fire Science and Fire Protection Engineering. Tom Allison, Paul Anslow, Jason Butler, Stan Hill, Barbara Jackson, and Stan Maciaszek represented the Chapter at this event. Students and parents were given information on colleges that offer degrees in fire protection and career opportunities available upon graduation. Over 6,000 students were in attendance.

  • 17 May 2016 5:30 PM | Jason Butler (Administrator)

    An Order of the Engineer ceremony was conducted by the CSRA SFPE Chapter on May 17, 2016 at the Aiken Brew Restaurant in Aiken, SC. Speaking parts for the ceremony were performed by Jason Butler, Glynn Dyer, Eric Johnson, and Paul Anslow. An outstanding presentation was given by Bernie Till to the ten new inductees. Congratulations to the new members of the Order of the Engineer!

  • 09 May 2016 2:49 PM | Jason Butler (Administrator)

    (Pictured above is Stan Maciaszek during one of his classroom demonstrations.)

    Stan Maciaszek attended Career Day at Brookwood Elementary in Grovetown, GA, on May 9th, 2016. Stan demonstrated fire chemistry experiments while teaching the children about careers in Fire Protection Engineering. The CSRA SFPE Chapter continues to hold classroom demonstrations throughout the school year to help spread the word about fire protection. While our chapter may be small in comparison to other chapters, devoted chapter members, such as Stan, continue to inform the public about fire safety and careers as a Fire Protection Engineer.

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