Samuel S. Dannaway

Samuel S. Dannaway, P.E., FSFPE, is a licensed fire protection engineer and mechanical engineer with bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Maryland Department of Fire Protection Engineering. He is a past president and fellow of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers. He is vice president of Fire Protection Technology at Coffman Engineers Inc., a multidiscipline engineering firm with over 360 employees across eight offices. Sam can be reached at dannaway@coffman.com.

Articles written by Samuel S. Dannaway

Captain Robert F. Scott and four others reached the geographic South Pole on Jan. 18, 1912, only to find out that a team of Norwegian...more...

﷯As I write this I am sitting in a hotel room in Christchurch, New Zealand. ﷯This morning, our team will be flying down to Antarctica...more...

My last column recounted the events that led up to the conflagration known as the Second Great Honolulu Chinatown Fire. To recap, concerns over a bubonic...more...

The story of the Second Great Honolulu Chinatown Fire is a tale of many tales. It is about political intrigue, a dangerous disease, racial tension...more...

The tricky part of this is that one must look not only at the changes occurring with the 2012 edition of NFPA 101; one must...more...

Those of you involved in the U.S. health care industry are probably aware that on May 3, 2016, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS)...more...

Before 7 a.m. on April 3, 2015, a fire occurred at Building 6 at the General Electric Appliance Park in Louisville, Kentucky. The fire grew...more...

In 1992, I designed the fire protection systems for a Hazardous Materials Storage Building. The building had a separate area for storage of flammable liquids...more...

NFPA recently published the report summarizing the results of this workshop.  Sponsored by NFPA, it took place December 14-15, 2015, in Lake Buena Vista, Florida....more...

My April column on the One Meridian Plaza Fire discussed the fire’s impact on the use of pressure-regulating hose valves on standpipe systems. To recap,...more...

Reminiscent of Paul Harvey, this is a story of a connection. In the book “The Go-Giver,” by Bob Bourg and John David Mann, a key...more...

Try as we might, fire protection engineers are often victims of a truism often applied to the fire service in the times before their great...more...

The design of firestop systems is quickly becoming a highly complicated and highly specialized area. A particular building design may have the need for several...more...

What is that red, silly putty all over those pipes and penetrating the wall? If it is red, is it really good. What if it...more...

Write it down, as I do not say it often. Here is a story about a federal government entity that got something right, the Occupational...more...

The following paragraph appears in NFPA codes and standards published prior to 2015. It is located in the introductory text for the document, between the...more...

This month, I will look at some of the features of fire pump installations in Japan. Mind you, this is strictly from the point of...more...

In August, the NFPA Standards Council voted to issue the 2016 edition NFPA 13R Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems in Low-Rise Residential Occupancies...more...

In a few months, a new edition of NFPA 13, the 2016 edition, will be available. There were a few NITMAMS at the NFPA Technical...more...

In a few months, a new edition of NFPA 13, the 2016 edition, will be available. There were a few NITMAMS at the NFPA Technical...more...