NFPA Conference Brief

Life Safety and Means of Egress

This training will be based on the life safety and means of egress requirements contained in NFPA 101 (2012 Edition), Life Safety Code. This training class will provide an overview of the latest technologies, design approaches, and challenges as it relates to the means of egress and life safety requirements for facilities.  It will provide the tools needed to confidently apply or enforce requirements of the Life Safety Code. Topics that will be covered will include classification of construction and occupancy type, determining occupant load and egress capacity, requirements for protection of vertical openings and hazardous areas, and determining requirements for building services and fire protection At the completion of the class the participants will have a basic understanding of the following components:

  • The organization and layout of the Life Safety Code.
  • Construction Type, Occupancy Classifications and classification of
  • The three parts of means of egress and their importance.
  • How to determine the occupant load, egress capacity for both individual means of egress components and the entire means of egress.
  • How to determine requirements for minimum width, dead-end corridors, common path of travel, remoteness, accessible means of egress (including areas of refuge), travel distance, and exit discharge.
  • The requirements for illumination, emergency lighting, and egress
  • The separation requirements for vertical openings and hazardous
  • The concept for determining the fire suppression and fire alarm and detection requirements for individual occupancies.

Automatic Fire Sprinkler Systems

This training will be based on the fire sprinkler system requirements contained in NFPA 13 (2013 Edition), Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems.  This training class will provide an overview of the layout and organization of NFPA 13, the type of automatic sprinkler systems, how to classify hazards and how to choose the correct design criteria for a fire sprinkler system. This presentation will also provide an overview of the layout and spacing criteria for the sprinkler systems and how the system will be designed and installed.  At the completion of the class the participants will have a basic understanding of the following components:

  • The organization and layout of the Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems.
  • Understand the Components and Operation of Wet Pipe, Dry-Pipe, Pre-Action and Deluge Sprinkler systems.
  • Differentiate the types of sprinklers (upright, pendent, sidewall and special application sprinklers) and spray nozzles, and how they work.
  • Understand how to classify hazards and commodities for storage.
  • Basic understanding of water supplies/sources, underground piping requirements and backflow prevention requirements.
  • Understand the obstruction rules for standard spray sprinklers and extended coverage sprinklers
  • The rules governing aboveground pipe, fittings, hangers and seismic restraints.
  • The design principles of pipe schedule, hydraulic calculations and room design method.
  • System acceptance testing and commissioning requirements.

Automatic Fire Alarm and Detection Systems

This training will be based on the fire alarm, detection and emergency notification system requirements contained in NFPA 72 (2013 Edition), National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code.  This training class will provide an overview of the layout and organization of NFPA 72, and teach the participant how to locate, interpret, and correctly apply the basic requirements in NFPA 72.  At the completion of the class the participants will have a basic understanding of the following components:

  • The organization and layout of the National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code.
  • The different type of fire alarm and detection systems.
  • Understanding of the different type of initiating devices including but not limited to manual pull stations, smoke detectors, heat detectors, waterflow switches and tamper switches, and how to space and locate these devices
  • Understanding of the different type of notification appliances including but not limited to audible notification appliances, visual notification appliances and to the space and design these appliances.
  • Basic overview and understanding of emergency notification systems and how to achieve voice intelligibility.
  • Overview of the different emergency control features and functions that are typically integrated with building fire alarm systems.
  • Understanding and application requirements for circuits and pathways, including survivability.
  • System acceptance testing and commissioning requirements.

Clean Agent Systems for Computer and Data Processing Centers

This training will be based around the fire protection criteria required for computer and data processing center as required by NFPA 75 (2013), Standard for the Fire Protection of Information Technology.  Following an overview of NFPA 75, this training session will provide an overview of the NFPA 2001 (2012), Standard on Clean Agent Fire Extinguishing Systems Equipment and discuss the alarm and detection requirements for computer and data processing equipment as outlined in NFPA 72 (2013), National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code.  At the completion of the class the participants will have a basic understanding of the following components:

  • The organization and layout of Standard for the Fire Protection of Information Technology, the Standard on Clean Agent Fire Extinguishing Systems Equipment and the National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code.
  • Overview of the construction and separation requirements for computer and data processing facilities.
  • Types of fire suppression systems to be utilized in computer and data processing facilities based on the level of risk and hazards within the facility.
  • Different types and level of detection utilized in computer and data processing facilities of fire alarm and detection systems.
  • Overview on the different cooling methods and design layout of computer and data processing facilities, and the efforts of the detection and suppression systems.
  • Different type of clean agents that are utilized in computer and data processing facilities, including a brief overview of the advantages and disadvantages of each agent type.
  • The basic design and layout criteria for clean agent systems in computer and data processing facilities.
  • Different methods and level of fire/smoke detection which are utilized in computer and data processing facilities.
  • The basic design and layout criteria for fire/smoke detection systems in computer and data processing facilities.
  • System acceptance testing and commissioning requirements.

Fire Protection for Aircraft Hangars

This training will be based around the fire protection criteria required for aircraft hangars as required by NFPA 409 (2011), Standard on Aircraft Hangars.  Following an overview of NFPA 409, this training session will provide an overview of the NFPA 11 (2011 Edition), Standard for Low-, Medium-, and High-Expansion Foam, NFPA13 (2013), Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems, NFPA 15 (2012), Standard for Water Spray Fixed Systems for Fire Protection, and NFPA 16 (2011), Standard for the Installation of Foam-Water Sprinkler and Foam-Water Spray Systems, and NFPA 72 (2013) National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code as it relates to the protection requirements of Aircraft Hangars.  This presentation will provide a review on the different methods and types of foam extinguishing agents used in aircraft hangars, including the basic design criteria and system design/layout for each system type.  At the completion of the class the participants will have a basic understanding of the following components:

  • The organization and layout of Standard on Aircraft Hangars, the Standard for Low-, Medium-, and High-Expansion Foam, the Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems, the Standard for Water Spray Fixed Systems for Fire Protection, the Standard for the Installation of Foam-Water Sprinkler and Foam- Water Spray Systems, and the National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code.
  • Overview of the construction, hangar type and separation requirements for aircraft hangars.
  • Types of fire suppression systems to be utilized in aircraft hangars based on the classification of the hangar type and the use of the hangar.
  • Different types of fire detection utilized in aircraft hangars to trip the fire suppression system and the design of the fire alarm system.
  • Type and design features of foam fire suppression systems that are utilized in aircraft hangars, including a brief overview of the advantages and disadvantages of each system type.
  • The basic design and layout criteria for foam suppression systems in aircraft hangars.
  • The basic design and layout criteria for fire detection systems in aircraft hangars.
  •  System acceptance testing and commissioning requirements.