New Jersey Chapter of the
Society of Fire Protection Engineers

Chapter Origin

The first organizational meeting was held on Dec. 9, 1976 at the Allendale Mutual Insurance office in Short Hills, N.J. with seven national members in attendance as well as members from the New York Metropolitan Chapter. To quote from the meeting minutes, "It was decided that a chapter would be most beneficial to those involved in the northern sector of New Jersey. It was further felt that the amount of work necessary to provide a chapter would be no more than that necessary to provide a branch of the New York Chapter."

The second organizational meeting was held on Jan. 24, 1977 at the same Allendale location with ten national members and executive director D. Peter Lund in attendance. Bob LeBlanc was elected as interim president.

The first unofficial chapter meeting was held on Feb. 28, 1977 at the Allied Chemical Corporate headquarters in Morristown, N.J. with 50 prospective members in attendance.

A chapter status request along with the names of 84 charter members were submitted to the National SFPE board of directors on March 2, 1977. Those organizational meetings culminated in a charter that was signed by D. Peter Lund, executive director, and William H. McClarran, president, on April 1, 1977. This charter signified the formal establishment of the twenty-eighth chapter of the society.

The first official meeting was also held at the Allied Chemical corporate headquarters in Morristown, N.J. on April 26, 1977. Bill McClarran, president of National SFPE presented the charter.

Current Chapter

The 1999 chapter membership of 173 consisted of 50% national members and 50% chapter supporters. The 173 members included one honorary member and 16 retirees.

Dues for chapter membership is $15.00 annually for those receiving e-mail copies of meeting notices and the chapter newsletter, the Fusible Link, and $25.00 for those receiving them in hard copy through the mail. Retired members are exempt from annual dues.

In early 1999, the New Jersey Chapter created a website at www.njsfpe.org that was hosted by AOL and then later by the National SFPE website. The website you are viewing now was created in February 2011. Please use the links above to navigate this website to find information regarding our chapter, including electronic editions of our newsletter, the Fusible Link.

A library has been established at the office of FM Global in Parsippany, N.J. to house the chapter records and display the charter, pennants and other historical artifacts.

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