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NFPA is currently looking to hire an Associate Fire Protection Engineer. The person in this position will provide technical support to assigned projects. They will work under close supervision and within clearly defined guidelines as established by the NFPA Regulations Governing Committee Projects, as well as serve as a junior technical advisor to the Department projects.

Principle responsibilities include; 

  1. Standards Council and Codes and Standards Administration activities– Manages basic technical activities and projects throughout document development process, serving to provide  technical assistance with compliance with the NFPA Standards Development Process.  Assists Division Manager to review agendas, gather missing agenda information and minutes and attend meetings.  Assists to identify and coordinate all technical input from staff for codes and standards related projects.
  2. Product Development – Collaborates with and assists senior staff with compilation of information and review for product development activities with respect to issues raised during Council work.
  3. Technical Services – Provides basic technical services in support of internal and external association activities within the Standards Administration and Standards Council subject areas  to support consistency and customer service for internal and external customers; ensures consistency with NFPA positions. 
  4. Cross functional activities – Participates in related association cross functional activities providing technical review and input within area of expertise to meet association goals.
  5. Special Projects – Manages special projects as assigned.
  6. Budgetary Criteria – Provides required budgetary information for assigned projects.

This job requires a bachelors degree in engineering; the ability to prepare correspondence, data and presentation materials using Microsoft Office. 0 – 3 years experience.

Interested? Apply today!

Research Graph

Maximum instantaneous luminous intensity required to produce a vertical illuminance of 2 fc on a wall located at different distances from the signal.

The Fire Protection Research Foundation report: "Performance Objectives for Light Sources Used in Emergency Notification Appliances," was recently published and made available to those interested. The reports authors included J.D. Bullough, Y. Zhu, the Lighting Research Center, and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. 

LEDs and other innovative energy saving lighting technologies (e.g. fluorescents) are rapidly entering the marketplace and present themselves for application to emergency notification appliances. The existing requirements for the performance and application of visible notification appliances are based on relatively short duration, high peak intensity flashing lights – strobe lights. NFPA 72, National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code, and referenced listing standards define a method for calculating the equivalent or effective intensity of a flashing light source. The calculation method is subjective and does not produce an exact comparison and is intended only to approximate the perceived brightness for direct viewing of the light source. It has worked because all of the lights approved using the standard have all had relatively similar and short pulse durations. Thus, the peak intensities have been relatively similar. 

The objective of this project was to develop methods and criteria to evaluate performance of light sources used in emergency notification appliances for inclusion in NFPA 72. Therefore, this report recommends specifications for both direct and indirect signaling as well as identifies gaps in the available information.

The full report can be downloaded for free, as with all Research Foundation reports.


For the very first time, anyone not able to be in attendance at this year’s NFPA Conference & Expo being held June 11-14 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas will be able to witness the general session as it happens right online. Beginning at 1:00 p.m. pacific standard time on Monday, June 11, NFPA will broadcast the Opening General Session live at

The event will open with welcoming remarks by the Chair, Thomas W. Jaeger, P.E., followed by the President’s Report by James M. Shannon and the Nominating Committee Report by Peter McMahon. In addition to sharing the latest industry information, several awards will be presented to honor special achievements. The awards include:

  • the Industrial Fire Protection Section's Best Fire Prevention Week Program Award
  • the 2012 Life Safety Educator of the Year Award
  • the Fire Protection Research Foundation Medal
  • the Standards Medal

To close the event, Gordie Brown, an impressionist, comedian and musician will provide special entertainment. This is an unprecedented, not-to-be-missed online event by NFPA and should be taken advantage of by everyone in the fire and life safety industry not able to join us at the 2012 NFPA Conference & Expo.

Add this event to your Outlook calendar.

Join us Monday, June 11 at 1:00 pm Pacific Time at

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