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Due to Growth in This Area, American Society of Safety Engineers Announce Formation of New Fire Protection Practice Specialty

Posted in on Mon, Aug 18, 2008
Des Plaines, IL (August 18, 2008) — The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) recently announced the establishment of the Fire Protection Practice Specialty (PS) due to the growth in this area for safety and health professionals. Prior to its new status as a PS, the Fire Protection group was a branch of the ASSE Engineering Practice Specialty.

“It has been a long journey that could not have been possible without the assistance and support of many individuals who helped grow the Fire Protection group from its start as a branch in late 2003 to become ASSE’s 14th practice specialty this summer,” said ASSE Fire Protection PS Administrator Frank Baker, CSP, CFPS. “We are the first branch to become a practice specialty under the current ASSE Council on Practices and Standards guidelines established several years ago. We have assembled a fantastic group of volunteers on our advisory committee, representing a wide variety of expertise to lead our committees and continue to expand the organization to better serve our members and raise awareness of fire protection and prevention.

“Although our practice specialty name implies that we are strictly focused on fire protection, we are in fact a very diverse group,” added Baker. “The membership is comprised of professionals from many backgrounds including both pubic and private sectors, with full time and part time responsibilities for fire safety; professionals involved in prevention, suppression or post incident mitigation; as well as professionals in areas of life safety, disaster and emergency management.”

Baker notes that the initial goals of the PS are to continuously improve upon the group’s technical publication – Fireline, sent to ASSE Fire Protection PS members; build webpage resources in conjunction with key issues identified by its members; as well as develop a resource network of technical experts who can participate on a list serve system to assist members with finding answers to challenging questions.

In order for a branch to become an ASSE practice specialty, the branch has to have at least 500 members and have published three newsletters in a previous year. A branch also has to have a chair and vice chair and a strategic plan in order to be considered for practice specialty status.

ASSE now has 14 practice specialties, which include academics, construction, engineering, environment, fire protection, healthcare, industrial hygiene (with the ergonomics branch), international, management (with the hospitality, human resources and manufacturing branches), mining, public sector, risk management and insurance (with the training and communications branch), and transportation (with the oil and gas branch).

Founded in 1911, the Des Plaines, IL-based ASSE is the largest and oldest professional safety organization and is committed to protecting people, property and the environment. Its more than 32,000 occupational safety, health and environmental professional members manage, supervise, research and consult on safety, health, transportation and environmental issues in all industries, government, labor and education. For more information please go to


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