Chapter History


Origin

While SFPE was launched in 1950 as the professional section of the National Fire Protection Association, probably its most significant growth and development resulted from the organization of local SFPE Chapters commencing in 1953.  The Pacific Northwest Chapter was chartered May 12, 1963 as the fifteenth SFPE Chapter.  The chapter application, which was prepared by an ad-hoc organization committee, listed 18 members and named the following as provisional officers and executive committee members:
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  • President: Kermit E. Gastfield

  • Vice President: Carroll E. Burtner

  • Treasurer: Walter Nichels

  • Secretary: Noel C. Skube

  • Executive Committee:

    ......William E. Acomb / Warren L. Hallen



By the second meeting in November 1963, membership had grown to 26.  Seventeen members from the Puget Sound area; six from Portland, OR; two from Richland, WA, and one from Vancouver, B.C.

On November 20, 1981, Chapter Officers Don Hickman and Dick Kirsop successfully presented the Washington State Board of Professional Engineering with a proposal to formally recognize Fire Protection Engineering as a professional discipline within the State and allow PE licensure in the State of Washington.

The Pacific Northwest Chapter currently has over 60 members and is one of 51 SFPE chapters in 10 countries.  SFPE is a member of the International Fire Safety Engineering Institute (IFSEI) and the American Association of Engineering Societies (AAES).


PNW SFPE Past Presidents

  • 1963-65 Kermit E. Gastfield

  • 1965-67 Carroll E. Burtner

  • 1967-69 Lawrence A. Leonard

  • 1969-70
    Warrenn L. Hallen
    Edward R. Swanson

  • 1970-71 Fredrick Sherman

  • 1971-73 Richard G. Kirsop

  • 1973-75 Charles R. Fullerton

  • 1975-77 Donald E. Hickman

  • 1977-79 Charles Rupprecht, Jr

  • 1979-81 Kenneth A. Kander

  • 1981-82 Carl E. Knapp

  • 1982-83 Elliot L. Gittleman

  • 1983-84 Larry J. Moore

  • 1984-85 Henry O'Claire

  • 1985-86 James D. Dick

  • 1986-87 Thomas V. Kraft

  • 1987-88 Michael P. Dyrness

  • 1988-89 Robert B. Combs

  • 1989-90 Chris Woolley

  • 1990-91 Rebecca Anderson

  • 1991-93 Pamela A. Brown

  • 1993-95 Stephen D. Thorne

  • 1995-97 Don Slater

  • 1997-99 Jeff Hollingsworth

  • 1999-2001 Carl Anderson

  • 2001-02 Carolynn Ferris

  • 2003-04 Eric P. Tuazon

  • 2005-06 Travis Allen

  • 2007-08 Joe Skvarla

  • 2009-10 Mike Scheppke

  • 2010-12 David Trull

  • 2013-14 Mike Johnson
  • 2015-Present Michael Abrams