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.

  • 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
  • 07 Feb 2015 11:18 AM | Jason Butler (Administrator)

    Twelve members from the chapter as well as the firefighters from the Beaufort Fire Department showed up to start the installation of the CAPA House sprinkler system. Everyone was excited and Channel 11 From Savannah did a brief segment on our work. (Click Here)

    As with all project, we hit a few snags, but we regrouped quickly to revise the plans as needed and start our installation. We greatly appreciate the Beaufort Fire Department for providing lunch—no one went hungry!

    We also want to thank our donors for their support of the project:

    TYCO—Dave Able
    PASCO—Rick Mill
    Victaulic—William Morrill

    A special thanks goes to Jeff Mackey with Ferguson Fire & Fab, Inc. for overnight shipping materials to us in Beaufort!

  • 17 Dec 2014 11:30 AM | Jason Butler (Administrator)

    The CSRA Chapter had a joint meeting with the Columbia ASCE Chapter on December 17, 2014 at the Brookland Baptist Church’s Conference Center.

    Ralph Foster made a presentation about fire protection underground piping. The presentation detailed the requirements in NFPA 24, Fire Sprinkler Specification Sheets of underground piping, and the requirements of the State Fire Marshal’s Office of plan review.

    Civil engineers frequently get pulled in to the plan review process when a utility contractor installed the underground fire protection piping as allowed by the Sprinkler Act. Utility contractors don’t generate shop drawings but install the piping based on the engineer’s drawings for the project. Making the engineer’s drawings the only drawing for the SFM to review.

    The presentation was well received. One attendee said “This was the most complete and concise presentation on fire protection systems he had seen!”

  • 13 Dec 2014 2:16 PM | Jason Butler (Administrator)

    (Pictured Above: Ralph Foster teaching the class to local officials)

    Ralph Foster taught his second class this year for the Florence area code officials on reviewing sprinkler shop drawings. The 6 hour class covers basic topics from how to use an Architectural Scale, to reading shop drawings and reviewing hydraulic calculations. The class is a mixture of lecture and hands on review of actual shop drawings, hydraulic calculations and seismic bracing calculations.

    The class is provided free of charge to the local officials. Ralph said, “I know AHJs have very small training budgets and I want to give back to the folks who helped me while I was working with the State Fire Marshal’s Office."

    Ralph donates his time and expenses for teaching the classes.

  • 08 Dec 2014 2:19 PM | Jason Butler (Administrator)

    (Pictured, from left to right: Stan Maciaszek and Mark Legrand)

    Stan Maciaszek, Mark Legrand, and Willy Ramos represented the CSRA SFPE Chapter at the Aiken High School Career Night on December 8, 2014. Students and their families attended to learn about different career clusters, including communications, finance, health science, public safety and natural resources. Stan, Mark, and Willy informed the attendees about the responsibilities and careers in Fire Protection Engineering.

  • 07 Nov 2014 6:17 PM | Jason Butler (Administrator)

    Ralph Foster, Stan Maciaszek, and Jamie Patterson were awarded the SFPE "Hats Off Award" in recognition of their exemplary work in leading the Chapter Project in which a fire sprinkler system was added to the Silver Bluff (SC) Fire Department. The system is not only a functional fire sprinkler system, but is also used as a teaching tool by the Fire Department.

    Shown are Ralph and Stan accepting their plaques at the 2014 SFPE International Conference and Expo in Long Beach, CA. Jamie was unable to attend.

    Congratulations, gentlemen, on a job well done!

  • 31 Oct 2014 2:17 PM | Jason Butler (Administrator)

    (Pictured above: Bernie Till showing the effects of flammable vapors emitted from a candle.)

    Bernie Till, Stan Maciaszek, and Jason Butler attended Paul Knox Middle School on October 31, 2014, 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.

  • 21 Oct 2014 12:26 PM | Jason Butler (Administrator)

    Paul Anslow attended the 2014 SFPE International Conference and Expo in Long Beach, CA to accept the 2014 SFPE Gold Level Chapter Excellence Award. This year marks the 10th consecutive year our chapter has received such recognition from SFPE International.

    (Pictured: Paul Anslow receiving the award from SFPE International President, Carl Baldassarra)

  • 20 Sep 2014 1:36 PM | Jason Butler (Administrator)

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