Joe Chacon, PE
sr. fire protection engineer
Joe wears many hats in the fire protection world. In addition to being a professional fire protection engineer, he is also a firefighter and HazMat technician for the city of Henderson, NV. As a fire protection engineer, Joe provides building/fire code consulting services, plan review, hazardous materials consulting, hazard analysis and risk assessments, and design and testing of fire protection and life safety systems.
In his firefighting role, Joe has experience conducting pre-plans, school drills, and hazard evaluations. As a HazMat technician, he responds to spills or potential releases of hazardous substances. Joe’s expertise in the hazmat arena is renowned, resulting in his teaching building and fire code courses at the Alliance of Hazardous Materials Professionals 2022 National Conference and the 18th Annual Fire Protection & Life Safety Forum.
Additionally, his article “Evaluation of Chemical Hazards and Associated Hazard Classifications: What Do the Model Codes Say” was published in the July 2020 edition of SFPE’s FPE eXTRA as well his article “Hazmat Response and the Fire Codes” was published in the November 2020 edition of Fire Engineering magazine.
Joe shares his extensive expertise in hazardous materials with the creation of TheHazMatApp. Found at www.thehazmatapp.com, the app helps users ensure their storage, use, and handling of hazardous materials, including flammable liquids and combustible dusts, meets all required code standards. Its applications also include the development of a Hazardous Material Inventory Statement (HMIS) for assisting users in the development of an overall fire protection system strategy incorporating active and passive fire protection methods to account for all hazardous materials on-site, and specifications to bring buildings into code compliance.
Joe was the founder of FLS Engineering, which was in operation from 2008 to 2018. In 2018, TERPconsulting and FLS Engineering joined forces to become one company. Joe began his engineering career in 2001 in the Las Vegas office of Schirmer Engineering (now Aon Fire Protection Engineering).
A registered professional fire protection engineer in seven states, Joe is a principal member of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1620 — Standard on Pre-Incident Planning. He has a master’s degree in Fire Protection Engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
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