The Society of Fire Protection Engineers The Society of Fire Protection Engineers was established in 1950 and incorporated as an independent organization in 1971. It is the professional society representing those practicing the field of fire protection engineering. The Society has approximately 4,100 members in the United States and abroad, and 51 regional chapters, 10 of which are outside the US.

The purpose of the Society is to advance the science and practice of fire protection engineering and its allied fields, to maintain a high ethical standard among its members and to foster fire protection engineering education. The Society supports the development of the annual Professional Engineer licensing exam in fire protection and the grading of those exams under the auspices of the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying.

Several volunteer committees and task groups work under the Society's auspices on technical projects to further advance the state of the art. The Society's activities include a series of educational seminars and short courses, technical symposia and conferences, books and publications, designed to advance the state of the art of fire protection engineering and provide technical information to the fire protection community.

The Society publishes a bi-monthly newsletter, a peer reviewed quarterly Journal, and a quarterly technical magazine Fire Protection Engineering. The Northern California / Nevada Chapter of the Society was founded on January 27, 1954 in San Francisco. Meetings are held on the third Friday of each month, except July, August and December. Presently, the meetings alternate between Berkeley and San Francisco.  Additionally, the April meetings may be a joint meeting with the Nor Cal Fire Prevention Officers in San Francisco on the fourth Fridays.

The Society also sponsors annual tours to Bay Area facilities that are of interest to the fire protection engineer. Previous tours have included The Academy of Science San Francisco, The Fire Sprinkler Fitters U.A. Local 483 Training Center, Warnock Hersey, Chevron, NUMMI, San Francisco International Airport, USS Hornet, Rudd Estate Winery and ITS Fire Testing Laboratory.