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SFPE, NSPE and NICET Publish Unified Position Statement
September 5, 2008

Fire protection systems, including fire detection, alarm and suppression systems, play a significant role in protecting the health, safety and welfare of the public. These systems alert children to danger when fires occur at schools and control fires that start in high-rise apartment buildings. As such, it is essential for fire protection systems to be designed by qualified professionals.

Because of industry-wide concerns over the inconsistencies in state and local engineering regulations regarding the qualifications for those who design fire protection systems, the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE) has joined the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) and the National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies (NICET) to develop a unified position statement entitled The Engineer and the Technician — Designing Fire Protection Systems.

The purpose of this position statement is to describe reasonable and prudent roles and responsibilities of licensed professional engineers and certified engineering technicians when designing fire protection systems.

A copy of the SFPE Position Statement can be found at .

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