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Justin Biller- New SFPE Fellow

Wednesday, July 24th, 2019

SFPE has recognized 8 of its members as Fellows for 2019. SFPE Fellows represent a distinguished group of members who have achieved a standard of excellence in the profession. Election to Fellow not only recognizes the achievements of fire protection and fire safety engineers as individuals, but also their significant contributions to fire protection engineering and society globally. Out of a total SFPE Membership of over 4,600, there are only 313 fellows. There are 8 members recommended to Fellow by the 2019 Qualifications Subcommittee and approved by the SFPE Board of Directors.

Congratulations Justin Biller, P.E., MSc. FPE, MCP, CFPS, CLSS-HC! Chosen as the new SFPE Fellow, Justin Biller, P.E., is the owner and principal engineer for Emerson Graham & Associates, PLC, established in 2015 as a fire protection engineering and code consulting firm with offices in Roanoke, VA and Charlotte, NC. In addition, Justin is an adjunct faculty lecturer for University of North Carolina-Charlotte and Eastern Kentucky University in each of their respective fire protection engineering technology programs and has taught a host of undergraduate and graduate courses in fire protection systems, building/fire codes, fire dynamics, human behavior in fire and performance-based engineering design. Mr. Biller is also co-founder and technical director of AEGIS, a fire door/barrier management company serving the Mid-Atlantic, and is associated with a forensic consulting firm and volunteer for Roanoke County in work related to post-fire investigations. Justin is a 2014 graduate of the MSc. Fire Protection Engineering program at California Polytechnic State University, and holds registration as a professional fire protection engineer in multiple states on the east coast. He is a Certified Fire Protection Specialist (CFPS) and a Certified Life Safety Specialist for Healthcare Facilities (CLSS- HC) from NFPA. He additionally holds the Master Code Professional (MCP), Certified Building Official (CBO), and Fire Code Specialist (FCS) certifications from ICC. Justin has served on numerous NFPA technical committees including Safety to Life and Alternatives to Life Safety, and likewise on several SFPE committees including the Research, Tools & Methods and Professional Qualifications working on several SFPE guidelines, ABET program evaluation, and the on-going development of the PE exam in fire protection.

Complying With Fire & Building Codes

Monday, February 18th, 2019

Justin Biller, P.E., CHFM, CLSS-HC, CFPS will be teaching a class in Roanoke, VA-Friday March 29, 2019. Registration is open! Register online at www.halfmoonseminars.org

  • Enhance your understanding of fire protection and life safety design.
  • Explore general requirements and criteria related to occupancy classifications.
  • Understand the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and Virginia state codes and standards.
  • Learn about exit access, discharge and other components of means of egress.
  • Discuss fire protection features and equipment.

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The 13 Criteria of a Fire Door Inspection

Monday, November 19th, 2018

What does a fire door inspection include? Watch this short video to learn about the 13 criteria of a fire door inspection.

#FireDoorsSaveLives

Fire Door Safety Week 2018. SUPERHEROES

Monday, September 24th, 2018

INTRODUCING THE FIRE SAFETY SUPERHEROES! Follow along with their adventures to learn more about fire safety.

#FireDoorsSaveLives  #firedoorsafetyweek

Moving Past the Apathy about Fire Door Inspection

Friday, February 23rd, 2018

We have sprinklers and alarms, are fire doors really all that important?

“Here’s the reality”, they begin, “There just isn’t enough money or time, and let’s face it, enforcement, to make door inspections part of the priority.” Or so the story goes. Talk to building managers, business owners or school superintendents and you will hear the same arguments over and over.

They continue, “The code is vague and open to interpretation. Doors that pass inspection today are non-compliant again tomorrow. The failure rate is too high. Inspections create legal paper work that makes me liable. No one is enforcing the code.” Or my personal favorite, “fire door inspection is a scam”.

Here’s the actual reality. Active and passive systems are meant to work together during a fire, not one in place of the other. Together they control fires and save lives. The code isn’t all that vague when interpreted by competent life safety professionals with the intention of proactively saving lives. The failure rate is high in most facilities. And this should be a very loud call to action. Inspections do create a paper trail that could lead to liability if you do nothing to maintain your doors, but death due to negligence is a larger problem.

The building code is a living document. It grows and matures based on real life experience. Real life experience like the one of Edward Pikinski, age eleven and pictured here. He is one of the 90 pupils who died in the Our Lady of Angels School Fire in 1958.

The primary cause of loss of life was the inadequacy of the exits, coupled with the use of substandard doors that were propped open at the time of the fire. The building code still enforces the invaluable lessons learned from Edward’s unnecessary death and the deaths of far too many other people. The lesson is clear: APATHY KILLS!

– Stephanie Smith | AEGIS Office Manager


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