Fire Protection Engineering

Firefighters work to extinguish flames.  Exponent fire protection engineering helps create fire prevention strategies.

Evaluate your fire protection, fire detection, and safety systems

Our multidisciplinary teams address fire dynamics and propagation, burning behavior of materials, and performance of fire protection equipment. We can help you evaluate fire suppression, detection, and alarm systems as well as understand, comply with, and go beyond standard codes and regulatory requirements.

How do we protect people and their environments from the destructive effects of fire?

Fires and explosions are devasting events and can have far-reaching impacts on human health and safety as well as the environment. Exponent has unique insight into the nature of fires, explosions, and thermal events, and we provide rapid response for fire investigations. Our fire prevention and protection consultants routinely perform investigations of residential, industrial, and wildland fires, as well as fire protection system failures.

We combine our thermal consulting expertise of fires with the latest tools and technology, including 3D surveying tools, to conduct efficient, scientific investigations that objectively determine causes and root failures for all types of events occurring across industries, including transportation, construction, energy, chemicals, and consumer products.

With our deep knowledge of fire safety and explosions, we can help clients mitigate the risk of future explosions, fires, and thermal events and provide comprehensive evaluations of fire safety alarms and systems as well as fire safety codes analysis.

Fire protection training and credentials

Exponent's fire protection engineering professionals include Certified Fire Investigators (CFIs), Certified Fire and Explosion Investigators (CFEIs), Certified Vehicle Fire Investigators (CFVIs), Fire Investigation Technicians (IAAI-FITs), and Certified Building Officials (CBOs). In addition, our professionals have undergone Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) training.

CAPABILITIES and services

Exponent has more than fifty years of experience conducting fire and explosion investigations and providing important insights to help organizations proactively mitigate fire risk.

Our Capabilities Are Unparalleled

With expertise in over 90 disciplines and hundreds of capabilities, tools, and methodologies — we get to the root of even the most complex challenges and give you the objective answers you need.


Our global and comprehensive expertise across industries gives us a deep understanding of current challenges, best industry practices, and the implications of emerging technologies.