Samuel Dannaway, PE, FSFPE

Principal Advisor, Fire Protection Engineering


Meet Samuel

Sam is a fire protection engineering principal advisor in Coffman’s Honolulu office and manages the design and engineering of fire protection systems.

Technical aspects of his work include the design of automatic fire sprinkler systems, smoke control/removal systems, gaseous fire extinguishing systems, fire alarm and detection systems, fire protection engineering surveys of existing facilities, and consultation on various facets of building and life safety codes including exit facilities and fire ratings of materials of construction.

Sam was the Founder and President of S.S. Dannaway Associates, a leading fire protection engineering firm that joined Coffman Engineers in 2016. He brought with him a staff of 14 including two partners that became principals.

Sam has worked tirelessly to establish  the fire protection engineering discipline in Hawaii. In 1985, when Sam established the first full service fire protection engineering consulting firm in Hawaii, he was the only licensed fire protection engineer working in consulting. Today, there are more than 40 licensed fire protection engineers practicing in Hawaii.

For decades, Sam has been a strong advocate of the professional development of the engineer. He strongly believes that mentoring and nurturing younger engineers is the key to continued success. He has brought numerous training seminars to Hawaii from National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE), National Fire Sprinkler Association, International Code Council, Automatic Fire Alarm Association, and others. He has also organized fire protection engineering PE exam study groups assisting many engineers in obtaining their fire protection PE licenses.

Sam is also active in the development of building and fire codes nationally and is a principal member of several NFPA Technical Committees.

Professional Organizations

  • Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE), Fellow (FSFPE), Past President of International SFPE, Past Hawaii Chapter President.
  • National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).
  • American Society of Safety Engineers, Professional Member, Past Hawaii Chapter President.
  • International Conference of Building Officials, Professional Member.


  • SFPE Bryan Mentoring Award, 2023.
  • John J. Ahern President’s Award, Society of Fire Protection Engineers, 2007.
  • Distinguished Alumni, University of Maryland, Department of Fire Protection Engineering, 2016.
  • D. Peter Lund Service Award, Society of Fire Protection Engineers, 2010.
  • Fellow, Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE).
  • Antarctic Service Medal, National Science Foundation, 2010.


  • July 2009 through June 2019 – Authored 120 columns of the FPE Corner, a monthly column in Plumbing Engineering Magazine.

Licenses and Certifications

  • Fire Protection Engineering, State of California and Territory of Guam.
  • Mechanical Engineering, States of Hawaii and Washington.
  • Certified Safety Professional.

Community Affiliations

  • Board of Directors, Pacific Fleet Submarine Museum.