ENFP 250 - Introduction to Life Safety Analysis

 (3 credits)

FIRE Center Sponsor: Salamander, the National FPE Honor Society

Smoke movement through a building

Smoke movement through a building that may be used for tenability analysis.


  • Permission from the Department


  • The textbook for the course is NFPA101: Life Safety Code, 2012 (The Handbook version is allowed).

Course Description

  • This course will give students an introduction to fire protection engineering, building regulation, building safety systems, and egress system design. Attention is also given to the topics of evacuation modeling, human behavior in fires and tenability analyses.
  • ENFP250 is open to all fire protection engineering students at the university, however permission from the department is required.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completing ENFP250, students should:

  • Develop an understanding of experimental procedures and data analysis methods for evacuation studies (ABET Student Outcome 2)
  • Understand the discipline of FPE, including roles and relationships of interested parties (ABET Student Outcome 6)
  • Develop an understanding of fire phenomena, including ignition, fire growth and enclosure effects (ABET Student Outcome 8)
  • Understand the roles / features / elements of systems used to mitigate fires in buildings
  • Be able to perform life safety analyses.

Topics Covered

  • Introduction: What is Fire Protection Engineering? What is “The Fire Problem”?
  • Life Safety: Overview of NFPA101, Classification of occupancies and hazards, prescriptive vs. performance-based designs
  • Means of Egress: Egress components, Occupant loads, Reliability of means of egress, special requirements
  • People Movement: Principles of people movement, Human behavior during a fire scenario, Performance-based evacuation
  • Tenability: Smoke Layer movement, Visibility, Fractional Effective Doses