Society of Fire Protection Engineers 
Central Savannah River Area Chapter
 

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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.

  • 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.

  • 15 Mar 2016 2:49 PM | Jason Butler (Administrator)


    (Pictured, from left to right: Willy Ramos, John Pham, Ralph Foster, Paul Anslow, and Will Cosey)

    Members of the CSRA SFPE Chapter attended the 2016 SFPE Greater Atlanta Fire Safety Conference on March 15th and 16th. A few of the CSRA SFPE members also assisted with planning of the conference and performing roles such as Session Managers. The conference was well attended, and the Greater Atlanta SFPE Chapter did an outstanding job organizing this great event.

  • 08 Mar 2016 2:48 PM | Jason Butler (Administrator)


    (Pictured from left to right: Mark Legrand, Tom Allison, Denny Bennett, Ralph Foster, Paul Anslow, Chris Jelenewicz, Stan Maciaszek, and Rob Plonski)

    The CSRA SFPE set a new chapter record for submitting 32 problems at the Fire Protection Engineering PE Problem Writing Session on March 8th! Chris Jelenewicz from SFPE International assisted with moderating the session and 7 chapter members volunteered their time to prepare problems for the future PE exams.

  • 27 Feb 2016 2:46 PM | Jason Butler (Administrator)



    Indian Waters Council conducted their 23rd annual Merit Badge University. The event allows 400 Scouts from the Columbia Midlands area to earn a merit badge in one day. This year, two of our chapter members taught classes on careers in the fire service. Patrick Bradshaw taught Fire Safety, where 15 Scouts spoke with an Engineer who introduced them to a career in Fire Protection Engineering. Paul Anslow taught Engineering Merit Badge and also exposed 20 Scouts to a career in Fire Protection Engineering. The Scouts asked a host of questions and several said they would consider a career in Fire Protection Engineering.

  • 26 Feb 2016 2:45 PM | Jason Butler (Administrator)


    (Pictured above is Stan Maciaszek showing the differences between ionization and photoelectric smoke detectors.)

    Stan Maciaszek and Jason Butler attended Paul Knox Middle School on February 26th, 2016, for several fire protection classroom demonstrations. There were a total of five STEM classroom demonstrations, each lasting an hour long. Students were actively engaged during the fire science experiments, and by the end of each class, a few were ready to become Fire Protection Engineers!

  • 08 Sep 2015 2:44 PM | Jason Butler (Administrator)


    (Pictured, from left to right: Jason Butler and Rob Plonski at our booth during the influx of students)

    Members of the CSRA SFPE Chapter attended the 2015 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, Jason Butler, and Rob Plonski 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.

  • 19 May 2015 5:00 PM | Jason Butler (Administrator)


    (Left to Right: Rob Plonski, Andre Da Vitoria, Willy Ramos, John DePaoli, Barbara Hall, Richard Mellish, Jared Harbold)

    Order of the Engineer: Jason Butler, Eric Johnson, Stan Maciaszek, and Paul Anslow conducted the Order of the Engineer ceremony on May 19th, 2015.

    Inductees: 
    Mr. Rob Plonski
    Mr. Andre Da Vitoria
    Mr. Willy Ramos
    Mr. John DePaoli
    Ms. Barbara Hall
    Mr. Richard Mellish
    Mr. Jared Harbold

    Guest Speaker: Mr. William “Bernie” Till, MSFPE, CFPS, FSFPE
    Organization: Bernie Till & Associates
    Topic: Knowing What is Right Isn’t Enough; Crashes, Culture, Communication and Character

  • 15 May 2015 2:19 PM | Jason Butler (Administrator)


    (Pictured above: Bernie Till providing a classroom demonstration.)

    Bernie Till, Stan Maciaszek, and Jason Butler attended Paul Knox Middle School Career Day on May 15, 2015, for several fire protection classroom demonstrations. Fire science experiments were conducted and information was presented to the students about the field of Fire Protection Engineering.

  • 13 Apr 2015 2:40 PM | Jason Butler (Administrator)


    The CSRA chapter member Paul Anslow taught fire protection engineering to the Indian Waters Council of the Boy Scouts of America on March 28, 2015, at USC’s Swearingen Engineering Center in Columbia, SC.

    CSRA-SFPE Chapter Vice President, Paul Anslow, taught Engineering merit badge, which teaches scouts about engineering and career opportunities available to them. Paul said, “It’s always great to see our future leaders enthusiastic about the field of Engineering.”

    Paul had 20 scouts learning about careers available to them in Engineering and why Fire Protection Engineering is the BEST field to go into!

  • 07 Mar 2015 6:36 PM | Jason Butler (Administrator)



    Our second work weekend went slower than expected as we continued resolving conflict with the design and the existing conditions at the facility. We are pleased with the progress made by our 10 volunteers. Spirits were high and the CAPA staff is getting more excited with every visit.

    Our next work day is scheduled for Saturday, March 28, starting at 9 AM. Please join us as we finish the project!

    We want to thank our donors again for their support of this project:

    Ferguson Fire & Fab—Jeff Mackey
    Foster Engineering—Ralph Foster
    Lifeguard Fire Protection—Jamie Patterson
    TYCO—Dave Able
    PASCO—Rick Mill
    Victaulic—William Morrill
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