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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  • 15 Sep 2022 5:00 PM | Jason Butler (Administrator)

    The CSRA SFPE Chapter attended the 2022 College Night in Augusta, GA, to inform high school students and parents about the variety of careers in Fire Protection Engineering and Fire Science. The event returned this year after not being held in-person for the previous two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic. More than 90 colleges and universities were represented and thousands of students attended the event. Victoria Zawacki, Brianna Zawacki, and Wilfredo Ramos represented the Chapter at this event.

  • 30 Jun 2019 12:17 PM | Rob Hanson

    On 6/12/19 Ralph Foster taught a class on sprinkler system inspections to the Upper State Code Officials. The class was attended by 28 code official from Greenville, Spartanburg and the surrounding area. The class covered inspections need during the sprinkler system installation and final inspections. The class also covered the difference between a contractor’s NFPA 25 inspection and an inspection by a code official on existing sprinkler systems. The class is accredited for 7 hours of CEU by the SC Building Code Council and the SC State Fire Marshal’s Office. The class is offered as part of the chapter’s outreach to code official in South Carolina

  • 14 Sep 2017 11:48 AM | Jason Butler (Administrator)

    Members of the CSRA SFPE Chapter attended the 2017 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. Bob O'Neill, Dave Hoang and Rob Hanson 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.

  • 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.

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