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There are two main types fire engineering:
- Fire protection engineering: where the engineer is responsible for design of fire systems such as automatic fire suppression and fire detection systems.
- Fire safety engineering: where the engineer is responsible for design of fire strategies including location and number of stairs, design of smoke control regimes and designed structural fire protection measures.
The fire safety and fire fighting engineering approach is recognized by certain codes and standards, for example Building Regulations Approved Documents suggests that fire safety engineering may be the only viable way to achieve a satisfactory standard of fire safety in some large and complex buildings.
Many of the codes produced by the National Fire Protection Association (USA) approve the use of a fire engineering approach.
- The areas which the fire engineer will need to address are
- The anticipated risk of fire occurring
- The anticipated severity of the fire
- The ability of the structure to resist the spread of fire and smoke
- The consequential danger to people in and around the building.
- The fire safety and fire fighting design will then be prepared on the basis of an assessment of risk and analysis of the protection which can be offered by fire safety and fire fighting measures.