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A Fire Protection Engineer (FPE) Expert Witness is a specialist that is trained and certified to evaluate whether fire safety systems, such as sprinkler systems, are effective in protecting buildings from fires, as well as determining the cause of any past fires. This professional can also provide engineering advice to insurance companies or courts related to fire protection and building safety. An FPE expert witness may be called upon in matters including structural or mechanical engineering failures that have caused fires, failure of smoke detection systems, issues with evacuation plans and design defects that have contributed to the spread of fire.
In order for an FPE Expert Witness to properly assess a given case regarding any failure analysis related to building or structure safety measures associated with protection from fire hazards requires them to be skilled in areas such as analysis of electrical wiring diagrams; review of documents associated with laboratory testing results for smoke detector accuracy; analyzing firewall resistance ratings or hose stream test data; understanding NFPA requirements; evaluating alarm system components; analyzing water supply calculations for sprinkler systems and more.
FPE Expert Witnesses use their knowledge and expertise on these topics in order provide comprehensive reports/testimonies for both legal men and women so that they know what the right steps forward should be regarding any given case involving building safety measures associated with potential risks caused by fire hazards. The goal is increased efficacy within laws concerning protecting citizens from death/injury due to structure-related fires while simultaneously creating law for mitigating construction costs relating toward prevention efforts against potential catastrophes through improved condition assessments focused around planned maintenance schedules.
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