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Meet your Vice President of Membership Brian Schlosser

 

Posted December 13, 2017

As a teenager, Brian Schlosser received first-hand and sometimes a gruesome education about the dangers of fire.

Growing up in Harford County, he followed the lead of a friend and joined the local volunteer fire department. Just 16 years old, he began the training to eventually become a firefighter and EMT, and he began performing the daunting work of a first responder.

“There were a couple of house fires with fatalities and car accidents with fatalities,” Schlosser said. “As a teenager, it was a different learning experience and something that a lot of people are never exposed to.”

The son of an electrical engineer, Schlosser had been interested in engineering since middle school. When his father told him about a career path that would combine his interests in engineering and firefighting, Schlosser embraced it. He completed an Associate’s Degree at Harford Community College then transferred to the University of Maryland to complete a Bachelor’s Degree in Fire Protection Engineering.  

An Associate and Senior Fire Protection Engineer with EBL Engineering, Schlosser has completed analysis, design, inspections and commissioning of a wide array of fire suppression, fire alarm evacuation/detection, and mass notification systems. He has also become a leader in consulting, design and commissioning of specialized fire protection systems for mission critical data centers. 

“Mission critical projects are always a unique challenge due to the changing environment and the changing technologies,” he said. “The codes can’t keep up with the changing technologies so these projects often involve performance-based engineering judgement as opposed to following prescriptive codes.”

"Fire detection technologies - such as air-sampling systems that "sniff" for very light amounts of smoke that are not normally perceivable by people - are proving to be very effective in those mission critical facilities,” Schlosser said.

“There have been cases where the detector has given off a very early warning but facility staff couldn’t find any evidence of something going wrong,” he said. “Then a couple of days later they had a circuit board fail. The system was able to detect off-gassing from the overheating of the circuit board before it actually failed.”

Such projects are plentiful and enormous. Some of Schlosser’s recent projects have measured 400,000 sqaure feet “and most of that is server space,” he said. Schlosser’s roster of projects have included various Department of Defense buildings in Maryland, multiple facilities in Loudon County’s “hotbed of data centers,” and other projects around the country.  

 

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