Fire Protection Working Group

NASA's Fire Protection Working Group (FPWG) was established in 2013 and facilitates collaboration and resource-sharing between centers. The group is responsible for reviewing and updating NASA’s fire protection policy, as well as working with Institutional, Facility and Operational safety auditors to evaluate and address common audit findings and consult on their causes and potential solutions. The group also focuses on continued education for NASA’s Fire Protection engineers to ensure a strong and consistent skill set agency-wide.

The FPWG’s predecessor was the Fire Protection Coordinators Group, and was formed more than 15 years ago to foster community building and collaboration.

Fire Protection Working Group
Gerry Schumann

Gerry Schumann

Fire Protection Program Executive

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Points of Contact

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SATERN Courses

Fire Prevention and Protection in Construction SMA-OS-WBT-230

“Fire Prevention and Protection in Construction” will familiarize the learner with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s requirements for preventing fires on construction sites and protecting people from fires. The learner will understand the need for fire protection safety and be able to recognize fire hazards.

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SFPE Principles of Fire Protection Engineering SMA-HQ-WBT-400

This course provides an intermediate level of knowledge addressing primary principles of Fire Protection engineering. This course includes content in the following eight areas: combustion and ignition phenomenon, life safety in buildings, human behavior in fire, fire endurance evaluation, smoke management, water-based fire suppression systems, fire detection and alarm systems, and risk assessment and performance-based design.

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Instructor-Led Courses

Fire Hazards in Oxygen Systems SMA-SAFE-NSTC-0052

Through this course, the student will learn to identify and evaluate hazards in oxygen systems. The instructors will discuss safe practices in design, materials selection and operation of oxygen systems, and review related ASTM standards. Course topics include the need for oxygen compatibility, concepts of safety risk and risk management in oxygen systems and operations, ASTM Standard Guides for use with oxygen systems and operations, related ASTM test methods for combustion hazards in oxygen systems, how NASA handles oxygen compatibility, and future trends.

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Fire Protection — Theory and Practice SMA-SAFE-NSTC-0207

This is a basic course that introduces the student to the recognition of potential fire hazards and procedures to minimize losses due to fires. Topics include previous and current trends in fire losses, the chemistry and mechanics of fire, fire prevention, fire detection, and fire suppression. Look for scheduled offerings of this course provided at your center.

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Policy and Guidance


NPR 8715.3, Chapter 5 NASA General Safety Program Requirements, Fire Safety

The Fire Safety chapter of this policy establishes the overall requirements for the NASA Fire Protection Program. 

See NPR 8715.3
NASA-STD-8719.11Safety Standard for Fire Protection

This standard expands on the requirements for fire protection listed in NPR 8715.3, NASA General Safety Program Requirements, Chapter 5.

See NASA-STD-8719.11