John Denhardt, P.E., FSFPE, Appointed AFSA’s Vice President of Engineering & Technical Services

John August Denhardt, PE, FSFPE

The American Fire Sprinkler Association (AFSA) has selected John August Denhardt, P.E., FSFPE, as its new Vice President of Engineering & Technical Services, effective January 6, 2020. Denhardt will be responsible for strengthening AFSA’s engineering and technical approaches to meeting member, industry and operational priorities, with an emphasis on service, quality, and integrity. 

“It is a great privilege to have the opportunity to serve AFSA as the Vice President for Engineering & Technical Services and to continue to improve the technical capabilities of AFSA’s members,” Denhardt said. “I am excited to join an organization that I have been involved with for over 25 years. I cannot wait to get to work doing what I love.”

 Prior to accepting this position, Denhardt was employed by Strickland Fire Protection in Forestville, Maryland since 1994, overseeing large scale projects and assisting with design and install technical concerns. He has served as an AFSA instructor, volunteered as a subject matter expert assisting with AFSA training updates, represented the Association on various technical committees, and authored numerous articles in the Association’s flagship publication Sprinkler Age. In 2010, he was named a Fellow in the International Society of Fire Protection Engineers. 

“John understands and values the unique mission and potential of AFSA, and he has a first-class background in the industry,” said AFSA President & CEO Debra McGuire, CAE, IOM, MBA. “Highly regarded by AFSA leadership, membership, and staff throughout his 35-plus years in the fire sprinkler industry, John has demonstrated extraordinary judgment and passion for technical training, standard and code development, and the industry as a whole. I look forward to working closely with him in this new capacity.” 

Denhardt is a Professional Engineer (P.E.) registered in the District of Columbia as well as the states of Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. In addition to his P.E., he is a NICET Level III in Automatic Sprinkler System Layout and Inspection & Testing of Water-Based Systems as well as NFPA Certified Water-Based Systems Professional (CWBSP). He previously held positions at E-B-L Fire Engineering in Timonium, Maryland, M.K. Ferguson Company in Annapolis Junction, Maryland, and Pyron, Inc. in Baltimore. 

A native of Maryland, Denhardt holds a bachelor’s degree in Fire Protection Engineering from the University of Maryland in College Park.

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