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At the conclusion of my presentation this past Tuesday at NFPA's Conference and Expo on changes to the 2016 editions of NFPA 80 and NFPA 105, I was approached by an attendee and asked about how and if NFPA 80 is addressing the seismic performance of fire doors.  My response?  NFPA 80 does not currently contain any language related specifically to the performance or protection of fire doors from seismic events.  But the question remains, should it?  Is NFPA 80 missing some important protection criteria for fire doors and other opening protectives related to seismic loading/performance? 


As Staff Liaison to NFPA 80 I am always interested to hear about new issues in the field and in the industry or something that we may be missing in NFPA 80.  What do you think?  Do you have any insight or suggestions for how NFPA 80 could address this issue?  I am looking forward to learning more about this issue and hearing your input!

Jim and I would like to thank everyone who attended and asked the great questions at the presentation yesterday.  We hope you were able to get the tools loaded - if not, please reply here or drop me a note.  It is always wonderful to be able to share what has helped so many of our people go home safely.  See you all in Vegas!

NFPA Tech Session Day 2


This year's Tech Session will be held at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL, June 24-25. NFPA will be providing wireless internet access during the Tech Session so attendees have the option of downloading the agenda prior to or during the Tech Session. Other documentation such as First Draft Reports and Second Draft Reports can be viewed on the Next edition tab of each specific document information page.



NFPA Standards presented for action on Thursday, June 25, 2015 starting @ 8:00 am:

  • NFPA 1710, Standard for the Organization and Deployment of Fire Suppression Operations, Emergency Medical Operations, and Special Operations to the Public by Career Fire Departments
  • NFPA 1901, Standard for Automotive Fire Apparatus
  • NFPA 1917, Standard for Automotive Ambulances
  • NFPA 652, Standard on Fundamentals of Combustible Dust
  • NFPA 24, Standard for the Installation of Private Fire Service Mains and Their Appurtenances
  • NFPA 13, Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems
  • NFPA 13R, Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems in Low-Rise Residential Occupancies
  • NFPA 72®, National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code

Thank you for joining us

Posted by rroux Employee Jun 24, 2015

Thank you for joining us for the live NFPA 72 NFPA Office Hours while in Chicago where we discussed:

  • Requirements for Digital Alarm Communicator Transmitters (DACTs)
  • Differences between high and low frequency alarm tones
  • Utilizing the internet infrastructure in a building per the requirements of Class N for fire alarm, life safety and mass notification


If you didn’t make it, the session was recorded and will soon be available.

Thank you to everyone who attended the presentation on mobile food truck regulation (or lack thereof) this morning! I am very happy with the turnout and the great questions all of you asked. I look forward to the day when we have an increase in safety for food truck owners/operators and the general public who enjoys them!


Following growth in popularity of mobile food trucks, codes and regulations being developed - NFPA Conference & Expo



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Deputy Commissioner Ford of the Chicago Fire Department, myself, co-presenter R.T. Leicht, and a member of the Chicago FD.


Deputy Commissioner Ford took it upon himself years ago to address this issue and really initiated the development of food truck regulations for the City of Chicago. A great example!

NFPA Tech Session - Day 1


This year's Tech Session will be held at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL, June 24-25. NFPA will be providing wireless internet access during the Tech Session so attendees have the option of downloading the agenda prior to or during the Tech Session. Other documentation such as First Draft Reports and Second Draft Reports can be viewed on the Next edition tab of each specific document information page.



NFPA Standards presented for action on Wednesday, June 24, 2015 starting @ 2:00 pm:

  • NFPA 33, Standard for Spray Application Using Flammable or Combustible Materials
  • NFPA 520, Standard on Subterranean Spaces
  • NFPA 11, Standard for Low-, Medium-, and High-Expansion Foam

R.T. Leicht, Ron Farr and myself developed a program to explain the fire hazards associated with mobile food trucks and what actions are being taken to address them. This is an issue that has gained a lot of attention after the tragic Philly food truck explosion (video below).  Learn what we need to do to prevent this disaster from occurring again! We will be in Room S404d at 9:30am.



Communicating Risk

Posted by jjfoisel Jun 24, 2015

This morning Jim Haiser and I will be sharing how our company uses a couple of tools to evaluate and communicate risk.  We have been very successful with these tools in communicating with all levels of people to get the controls needed in place to drive continual improvement in our safety.  I look forward sharing this at 11:00 at S505A  --  W25 Risk Assessment Techniques and Tools to Improve Safety.

NFPA Women Engineers at the Women In Engineering Luncheon Today! Very fortunate and proud to work with these women!

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Missing from this photo: Kristin Bigda and Tracy Vecchiarelli

NFPA's got a tremendously diverse membership and audience, and even with our annual amazing Conference & Expo, we just can't cover everything for everyone in one event. Hanging out at the Firewise Communities booth this week made me feel a little bit lonely among all the manufacturers and equipment vendors, but these great big signs warmed my heart. Yay for NFPA for highlighting the upcoming educational and networking opportunities at this fall's Backyards & Beyond wildfire safety education conference, and next spring's Mexico Fire Expo (as well as next June's C&E in Las Vegas of course!).


Marty Ahrens addresses this question in her Wednesday presention at 9:30-10:30 in room S405a.  Come by to get the answers and also get an overview of the discussions on current practices and proposed future changes that were talked about at the 2014 workshop on "Today and Tomorrow's Fire Data".

At this morning's Automatic Fire Alarm Association, Lee F. Richardson, Senior Electrical Engineer (Retired) was given the AFAA's


Larry Neibauer Lifetime Achievement award for his outstanding work on the National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code. The award was named after a former president of the association. Jim Pauley, NFPA president and CEO accepted the award on Lee's behalf.


Congratulations, Lee! I was proud to have you as a colleague and I am proud to call you my firend!

Thank you for attending the session on changes to the 2016 edition of NFPA 80, Standard for Fire Doors and Other Opening Protectives and NFPA 105, Standard for Smoke Door Assemblies and Other Opening Protectives. 


During the presentation, I received a great question regarding fire damper inspection.  In summary, NFPA 80 and NFPA 105 include new, and very helpful language in the 2016 editions that address in more detail the requirements for acceptance testing and the specific steps and procedures required during a periodic test.   This guidance was much needed in the standard to assist those conducting damper inspections and provide for consistency and safety during the inspections.  I would encourage everyone to take a look (for free!) at the 2016 edition of the document once it is posted to the document information pages.


If you are an NFPA member of code official, please take advantage of our technical questions service. You may submit your code interpretation questions online at or, or by calling our customer service line at 1-800-344-3555, Option 1 during the hours of 9:00 am- 5:00 pm ET and I would be happy to assist you with your questions. 


Thank you for attending the presentation and I look forward to hearing from you in the future!


Arc flash events presentation

Posted by dvigstol Employee Jun 23, 2015

Join me in room S502ab at 2pm as NFPA's own Dr. Richard CamPell co-presents on electrical shock and arc flash events.


NFPA Standards Showcase

Posted by ryan.quinn Employee Jun 23, 2015

There is a great session today at 1:30 showcasing NFPA Standards activity including technical session updates, information about the standards development process as well as new projects

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DESTINATION INFORMATION.  At last week’s ASTM International meetings in Anaheim, our hotel was equipped with a destination elevator. If you are not familiar with this concept, the elevator system has a keypad at each landing and you enter the floor-your destination- that you wish to travel to.  Even after 3 days, I invariably entered the elevator car and turned slightly to hit the button for my floor and of course there is no button. 


On Monday, we heard Jim Pauley announce some new ideas for NFPA.  Just like the destination elevator car has to deliver the passengers to their floor safely and efficiently, NFPA will continue to deliver information and knowledge about safety to our stakeholders efficiently using new tools like NFPA Xchange.  This is our platform to see what is of interest, share ideas and to have some directed conversations about those topics.  Our traditional “button” might not be there but we now have some new ways to get to our destination.  Between the exhibits, presentations and networking opportunities this week coupled with NFPA Xchange and the myriad resources offered by NFPA, be sure to take advantage of those opportunities not only while in Chicago, but especially when you get home.



Come join me on Wednesday, June 24 at 9:30 a.m. for an
educational session that I am co-presenting in Room S501 at McCormick Place
during the NFPA Conference & Expo. The session is titled When the Circus Comes to Town and focuses
on the challenges of taking a circus show to cities around the world. Fire and
life safety codes and AHJs vary from venue to venue. Attend this session to
learn how even the most exacting of operational standards need to be adjusted
to earn the local AHJ’s approval.



A travelling circus sets up shop in many different venues
each year.


NFPA is able to offer CEU’s to attendees of the C&E
educational sessions. The learning objectives for this session include:


  • Identify base line protection methods that should be utilized for any circus activity in a tent.
  • Identify the concerns that AHJs should have with the flammability of tent materials and contents.
  • Explain special considerations that should be provided in circus tents for patrons with
  • Identify features that make for more efficient emergency egress from circus tents.
Chris Farrell

Pizza Party!! 12:30!!

Posted by Chris Farrell Employee Jun 23, 2015

Fire Service Section Membership meeting will be a pizza party in N230b at 12:30pm. All members welcome!

As I was outside heading for the lake on my morning's attempt at exercise, I came upon Soldier Field.  I was at Soldier Field watching the Chicago Bears as a child in the early 60's.  I lived north of the city near the naval recruit training center in Great Lakes, IL 3 times over about 12 years - that's because my father was in the Navy and stationed there in between tours afloat.  So, I remember Soldier Field (it looks a bit different today) and I remember only day games at Wrigley Field and Ernie Banks saying, "Let's play two."  I also remember old Comiskey Park for the Chisox.  But what struck me this morning was the words on the stadium and they reminded me of yesterday's keynote presenters, especially Ken Harbaugh with Team Rubicon.  My photo this morning reminds us about one of the points he made.  The last time I left Chicago, was due to my father's orders to Vietnam; and like Ken's comments, the unpopular war in America, made it hard for the military to be recognized other than with ridicule.  So, as we begin Day 2 at the 2015 NFPA C&E, keep in mind as you attend educational sessions and learn new things or network with the vendors at the Expo, the vast resources represented here all for a common goal - eliminating the global threat from fire, electrical and related hazards.  Think how each of the presenters addressed the problem of identifying what resources are needed, where can they be obtained, and how can they be leveraged and applied to the problem.  That's what the NFPA members and NFPA staff represent - resources.  I look forward to meeting many more of you at today's session or at the Expo.  I look forward to working with you as we address Jim Pauley's challenge to all of us in his remarks.  If you haven't had the opportunity to answer his questions, please take a moment to do so or come speak with staff directly and we'll capture your responses to those two questions.  Have a great day!


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In his first official remarks to attendees at the NFPA Conference & Expo yesterday in Chicago, President Jim Pauley shared examples – historically, globally, and locally – of how NFPA and its members have been at the forefront of fire and life safety for nearly 120 years.


And as times changes, he said, with new safety challenges, NFPA needs to continually ask itself – Who are we? What do we do? How do we do it? And how can we have the greatest impact? Mr. Pauley described a long-range strategic planning effort that helped the association identify its “end point”.


“Through this process, we had lots of discussion of what we aspire to be, and our view of an ideal future state,” he said. He then unveiled the new NFPA vision:


“We are the leading global advocate for the elimination of death, injury, property and economic loss due to fire, electrical and related hazards.”


Mr. Pauley stressed a few key phrases from the vision statement: “global advocate” – we want to be known around the world as the leading advocate to reduce loss; “elimination” – our vision is to get to zero loss, where no one dies or is injured by fire; and a focus that includes “economic loss”, not just death and property loss.


Mr. Pauley says as NFPA moves forward, the association needs continual feedback and input from members, customers, partners, and other constituents. He posed two questions -- if you've not already answered, we'd love to hear your thoughts:


  1. What does NFPA as an information and knowledge organization mean to you?
  2. What can we do for you and with you to move us closer to our vision?


Read more from Mr. Pauley's presentation at General Session.


Did you get to see NFPA Chair Ernest Grant's remarks during yesterday's General Session?


Mr. Grant, a burn nurse at UNC Chapel Burn Center, gave several examples of how the world is changing – and how the NFPA family around the globe must be ready to meet the challenges that come with rapid change. "Our job is to keep dangerous incidents from happening, said Mr. Grant. “That’s what NFPA is all about and what we have been doing. Each and every one of you in this room should be proud of your contribution to these accomplishments. But we should never rest on past success."


So -- how can working with NFPA be easier? Please answer in the comments section below!


Read more from Mr. Grant's remarks.

Significant changes were made to the requirements for ammonium nitrate storage, handling and use in NFPA 400 after the West, Texas explosion.  NFPA 400-2016  was published this past week and can be viewed at  The new standard is already being referenced by key government agencies such as EPA, OSHA and ATF.   Come hear committee experts explain the changes to code and the background for these changes this morning at 11 AM-12:30 PM in room S404bc.  See you there!

Tue, Jun 23, 2015 - 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM

T09 Evacuation Planning for ALL--Not Just Some

Speaker: Allan Fraser, NFPA

Track: Emergency Preparedness/Business Continuity

Location: S503ab

Content Type: Best Practices


Prepared for the next evacuation? Have you considered the needs of everyone in your community? Whether your 'community' is a single floor, an entire building, a city, a county, or your whole state...20% of the population have disabilities, 12.8% are elderly, 20.2% are children under 14. That's more than 50% of your community who'll need help evacuating. Still think you're prepared?

We will be discussing NFPA 72.


This is an exclusive live event that will cover 3 hot topics:

  • Requirements for Digital Alarm Communicator Transmitters (DACTs)
  • Differences between high and low frequency alarm tones
  • Utilizing the internet infrastructure in a building per the requirements of Class N for fire alarm, life safety and mass notification


You won’t want to miss this.

I'm doing a a session first thing tomorrow morning about why you need to be more proactive in planning for you, your family and your friends


Tue, Jun 23, 2015 - 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM

T09 Evacuation Planning for ALL--Not Just Some

Speaker: Allan Fraser, NFPA

Track: Emergency Preparedness/Business Continuity

Location: S503ab

Prepared for the next evacuation? Have you considered the needs of everyone in your community? Whether your 'community' is a single floor, an entire building, a city, a county, or your whole state...20% of the population have disabilities, 12.8% are elderly, 20.2% are children under 14. That's more than 50% of your community who'll need help evacuating. Still think you're prepared?

Chris Farrell

Your Voice Matters!!

Posted by Chris Farrell Employee Jun 22, 2015

Let us know what you think!


Up for Public Input are 1971 (turnout gear) and 1500 (Occupational safety and health) as well as many others.


Allan Fraser"s "IN"!!!!!!!

Posted by afraser Employee Jun 22, 2015


This morning Arthur Gager's session M09 on Occupant Evacuation Elevators generated tremendous interaction from attendees. Questions and answers took up almost as much time as Arthur's presentation. Great and very diverse questions. Just ask anyone who attended!



Calling all Canadians - "Cafeh"

Posted by cduffy Employee Jun 22, 2015

To all Canadians it is almost time to eat. Don’t miss out on a great opportunity to network with your Canadian peers at the Canadian Luncheon “Cafeh”. Hope to see everyone there at 11:30 am in room N226.


It really is that easy!!!!!

Posted by afraser Employee Jun 22, 2015

Several NFPA staff members have been showing attendees just how easy it is for anyone to submit a language to change any of our codes and standards. If you haven't tried it yet, look for them just outside the registration & expo area and try it yourself. You;ll be glad you did!IMG_2925[1].JPG

The First Draft Report for NFPA 70, National Electrical Code, in the Annual 2016 revision cycle is now available.  Review the First Draft Report for use as background in the submission of public comments. The deadline to submit a public comment through the online submission system is September 25, 2015. The deadline for paper submittals (submissions other than the online submission system) is August 21, 2015.


The First Draft Report serves as documentation of the Input Stage and is published for public review and comment. The First Draft Report contains a compilation of the First Draft of the NFPA Standard, First Revisions, Public Input, Committee Input, Committee Statements, and Ballot Results and Statements. Where applicable, the First Draft Report also contains First Correlating Revisions, Correlating Notes, and Correlating Input.

Emergency shelters are desperately needed, but tents just won't work. What's the solution? Your town's bee devastated by a tornado, but relief is nowhere to be found. What would you do? Money can flow and plans can be drawn, but who's going to actually do the work?


If you're here at NFPA's Conference & Expo in Chicago, don't miss our keynote address at General Session, which starts at 1:30 pm to hear unique perspectives from three speakers. They'll share stories about their own disaster relief efforts, programs, and plans. Here's your chance to learn from those who have "been there and done that".

I'll be popping by the Fire Protection Systems networking station, outside rooms S401 and S402, at the 10:30a break today. If you're in the area, introduce yourself.

Attend one of the more than 125 education sessions this week in Chicago and looking for speaker handouts? Look no further than our conference web site, where you can download dozens of presentations. (Available presentations are hyperlinked from the session title.) You can also access the papers on our conference mobile app.

We are also offering audio recordings of nearly all of the education sessions taking place this week in Chicago. Partnering with Fleetwood Multimedia, Inc., all onsite orders will be offered at a discount and include free shipping.

Come visit the Fire Service Section booth (#271) during Expo hours and see how you can get involved with issues important to the fire service. Representatives will be available to answer your questions and speak to you directly.

We will be discussing NFPA 72.


This is an exclusive live event that will cover 3 hot topics:

  • Requirements for Digital Alarm Communicator Transmitters (DACTs)
  • Differences between high and low frequency alarm tones
  • Utilizing the internet infrastructure in a building per the requirements of Class N for fire alarm, life safety and mass notification


You won’t want to miss this live interview/presentation. Bring your questions.

As Staff Liaison for NFPA 80, Standard for Fire Doors and Other Opening Protectives, one of the common questions I receive is “What is the required fire-protection rating for my fire door?”  A logical question posed about a standard related to fire doors. However, the answer to this question is not found in NFPA 80, but in NFPA 101, Life Safety Code®, specifically Table   Here is a quick explanation for how to properly use Table to determine the fire-protection rating for your fire doors.


Table was substantially revised for the 2012 edition and again in the 2015 edition of NFPA 101. Much to some confusion of users, it does not mandate fire resistance ratings for the components listed; rather, it specifies the fire protection rating needed for openings where the listed components (exit access corridors, fire barriers, horizontal exits, vertical shafts, etc.) are required to be rated by another section of the Code. The table also specifies the maximum sizes of fire-rated door vision panels and glazing markings for various applications; the minimum fire protection or fire resistance rating for doorway sidelights or transoms and glazing markings for various applications; and the minimum fire protection ratings for fire window assemblies and associated markings for various applications.



What is the required fire-protection rating for a door in an exit access corridor in a new, non-sprinklered business occupancy?

Two pieces of information are needed to use Table the component and the fire resistance rating. In this case the component is exit access corridor, and per Section, exit access corridors in a non-sprinklered business occupancy are required to have a 1 hour fire resistance rating.  Within Table, locate the row for exit access corridors, and for a 1 hour rated corridor it  shows a requirement for a 1/3 (or 20 min) fire protection rated fire door assembly. 


Easy as that!


Learn about NFPA 4!

Posted by jwilmot Employee Jun 22, 2015

Paul Dunphy and I created a program to review the roles and responsibilities of the members on the integrated testing team in accordance with NFPA 4, Standard for Integrated Fire Protection and Life Safety System Testing. The session begins at 8am in S404bc. See you there!

There were a number of changes made to NFPA 600-2015 during this last revision cycle that may be of interest if you are involved with fire brigades.   In addition, several task groups have been formed to look at other issues that have been brought up by committee members and the public such as-"What about fire brigades that also have other duties such as confined space rescue or emergency medical treatment?"  or "Should larger facilities with fire brigades that look more like a full fire department follow additional standards?".   To hear the status of the task group work and to find out what changes were made to NFPA 600 during this last revision cycle, come to the session this morning 8-9 AM in Room S503ab.   Hope to see you there!   


UL Tour

Posted by agoldstein Employee Jun 22, 2015

If you are one of the 150 participants who will be attending the tour of UL this morning, please remember to wear closed-toe shoes or you will not be able to attend.


We will meet at 7:00 am at McCormick Place, South Building, Gate 3 for a 7:30 departure for UL. We will spend all morning there and return to McCormick place after lunch before the General Session begins at 1:30.


We are all looking forward to what is sure to be a very informative morning!


My 2015 C&E Challenge

Posted by upson Jun 21, 2015

We all attend the The specified item was not found. for various and diverse reasons.  Some are here to share their knowledge and experience as presenters; some are here to share their latest fire protection products as exhibitors; and some are here to see what the presenters and exhibitors have to share. Virtually all of us are here to find something useful to take home with us to help us complete our own personal or professional fire protection missions better.


My challenge this week is to identify and share at least one useful "nugget" gleaned for the conference each day.  These nuggets could come from formal sessions, conversations on the Expo floor, or from casual networking over a cup of coffee.  What nuggets will you collect at the 2015 C&E and how will you use them to improve fire protection in your own situation?  Whatever nuggets you find, blog them here on the Xchange, tweet them, share them on Facebook, or just shout them from the rooftop.  Share your wealth of fire protection gold -- you never know when one of those nuggets will save a life.

We have come a long way since day 1 of the booth set up but we are not quite there yet.  With a little more blood, sweat and tears we will be ready for the grand opening of the expo on Monday, June 22 at 4:00PM.


Don't forget to swing by booth #471 to collect your NFPA Xchange flashlight!


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We Are IN....Are you?

Posted by christiandubay Employee Jun 21, 2015

Are you IN?  Check out NFPA Xchange.  Join this week!



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First thing Monday morning learn what's cooking with range-top fire safety. Education Session #M06, meeting from 8:00 - 9:00 in room S504d.

Are you staying at one of NFPA's official conference hotels for this week's Conference & Expo in Chicago? If so, avoid expensive taxis and stand-still traffic by jumping on a free shuttle bus. Here's the schedule (look for details in your hotel lobby):

  • Sunday: 6:30 am - 8:30 pm, every 30 minutes
  • Monday: 6:30 – 10:30 am, every 15 minutes; 10:30 am -  2:30 pm, every 30 minutes; 2:30 – 8:30 pm, every 15 minutes
  • Tuesday: 6:30 – 10:30 am, every 15 minutes; 10:30 am -  2:30 pm, every 30 minutes; 2:30 – 8:30 pm, every 15 minutes
  • Wednesday: 6:30 – 10:30 am, every 15 minutes; 10:30 am -  2:00 pm, every 30 minutes; 2:00 – 6:00 pm, every 15 minutes; 6:00 -  7:00 pm, every 30 minutes
  • Thursday: 7:00 am – 1:00 pm, every 30 minutes

Chris Farrell updates on Doc Info Pages! Nice Job Chris training our chairs and making time to Face-time with home.  Happy Father's Day Chris x3!



Ever have the urge to share your expertise with those attending the annual NFPA Conference and Expo?  At the IFPS Business Meeting, Tuesday, June 23, at 12:30 - 2:00 pm, the IFPS Board members will be highlighting the Call for Presentations for next year's C&E, June 13 - 16, 2016 in Las Vegas.  The IFPS works with NFPA to sponsor proposed sessions each year during the submittal process.  So, if you are an IFPS member attending C&E this year in Chicago and wonder what it takes to propose a session, come to the Business meeting in Room N227b on Tuesday or stop by the IFPS booth at the Expo, number 380, and speak with the Board members and Section members who will be looking for next year's hot topics as education sessions. . The deadline for proposed presentations is September 14, 2015.  The form for submitting a proposed session will be available on the NFPA web site following this year's C&E.

One of the Frequently Asked Questions of the NFPA 13 advisory service staff is regarding miscellaneous storage. If you look at the definition, you will see there are several limitations on what can be considered 'miscellaneous storage': maximum storage heights and pile sizes, minimum separation distances between piles, and total area limitations within a single system. At first glance the use of Chapter 13, Miscellaneous Storage, appears to be limited to only those scenarios meeting this definition.


It's not. There are actually several other storage arrangements that can be protected with the criteria in the Miscellaneous Storage chapter. Chapters 14 and 16 (addressing sprinkler protection criteria for Class I-IV Commodities) both state the protection criteria of Chapter 13 should be applied to storage up to 12 feet when Control Mode Density/Area sprinklers are used. Similarly Chapters 15 and 17 (addressing storage of Group A Plastic Commodities) direct the user to Chapter 13 for storage of plastics up to 5 feet in height. Even if these storage configurations do not meet the definition of miscellaneous storage, the protection criteria of Chapter 13 can still be applied.

Dawn Bellis, Secretary to the Standards Council is kicking off the 2015 Technical Committee Chair training in Chicago.  Also, Happy Fathers Day to all the Dads in attendance.



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Continuing education units (CEUs) will be awarded for education sessions at the NFPA C & E in Chicago, 2015.

Warmer weather means more grilling.  To help keep you safe, NFPA has a tip sheet on grill fire safety which also includes some grilling fire statistics.  Oh, and don't forget to check out the video.  I hear it's great!  NFPA - Tips for safe grilling


Chicago - NFPA 2015!!!

Posted by christiandubay Employee Jun 20, 2015

Touchdown in Chicago in less than 7 hours. First on the list new Technical Committee Chair training.  Excited to work with many of our new Chairs all day on Sunday. See you there.



The fun has begun here in Chicago.  Set up of the NFPA booth is underway.  We are getting it ready for the grand opening of the NFPA Expo on Monday, June 22 at 4:00 PM. Come visit us at booth #471!


Meet the NFPA experts, browse some of the NFPA codes and standards, and find answers to code questions.  Also, you can take the NEC Challenge and prove your NEC knowledge.  Maybe you will be the next NEC Champion!


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IFPS.gifAre you a member of the NFPA Industrial Fire Protection Section (IFPS)?  Are you interested in industrial fire protection?  If so, then join us at the IFPS Business Meeting, Tuesday, June 23, from 12:30 - 2:00 pm in Room N227b.  Hear from the Board and other members about the various activities in support of industrial fire protection.  The agenda includes the following items:


  1. Recognition for members of the Illiana Chapter
  2. Award ceremony for the IFPS Fire Prevention Week winners
  3. Review of items from June 21 Board meeting
  4. Election of Board Officers and Directors
  5. Challenges in Storage, Fire Control and Suppression - Matt Klaus, NFPA
  6. Update on Hazardous Chemicals/Materials Storage, Handling and Use topics - Guy Colonna, NFPA


So, if you are a member, or if you are looking to collaborate with fire safety professionals whose focus is on industrial occupancies and processes, consider joining us for the meeting.  Lunch is provided, and the meeting provides a great opportunity to network with like-minded professionals while you hear about the work the Section accomplishes each year in support of NFPA's mission and vision.  I will be there - will you?


For more information about the Section, you also can check out the Section Booth, 380, at the Expo and speak with Board members to learn how to join the over 3700 IFPS members.

There are 9 NITMAMs for NFPA 72-2016 that will be presented on Wednesday/Thursday at the NFPA C & E Technical Meeting.


See the report of the Motions Committee:


NFPA 72-1           Table

NFPA 72-2  and A.

NFPA 72-3           21.3.5

NFPA 72-4           23.6.1 and A.23.6.1

NFPA 72-5           23.6.1

NFPA 72-6 

NFPA 72-7 

NFPA 72-8 

NFPA 72-9 

Be sure to attend and participate in the NFPA 72 discussion.

In response to the Ebola outbreak, an extensive Tentative Interim Amendment was issued in April 2015 to revise the requirements in NFPA 1999, Standard on Protective Clothing and Ensembles for Emergency Medical Operations related to the personal protective equipment (PPE) of first responders and medical first receivers against highly infectious liquid-borne pathogens. NFPA 1999 now provides performance requirements for PPE ensembles that offer full body protection, and a liquid integrity test to demonstrate an established protective level of performance. For more on NFPA 1999, visit

The Technical Committee on Electronic Safety Equipment is preparing a draft product standard for hand-held radio devices for use by emergency services personnel in the hazard zone. The standard will feature design, manufacture, performance, testing and certification requirements for these devices. For more information on this standard, please visit

The Technical Committees on Electronic Safety Equipment and Respiratory Protection Equipment will be meeting in Sacramento, CA the week of July 20. These TCs commonly meet at the same location due to the relationship of their respective product standards. For example, personal alert safety systems (NFPA 1982, PASS) and its integration with the self-contained breathing apparatus (NFPA 1981, SCBA). At the July meeting, the Electronic Safety TC will be reviewing Public Input to the Thermal Imager standard (NFPA 1801) and continue its work on the radio standard (NFPA 1802). The Respiratory Protection Equipment TC is preparing for the next edition of the SCBA standard, NFPA 1981. For more info - and

Be sure to get your public input submitted by the July 6, 2015 deadline on A2017 documents such as NFPA 3, Recommended Practice for Commissioning of Fire Protection and Life Safety Systems, and NFPA 4: Standard for Integrated Fire Protection and Life Safety System Testing.

Interested in more documents in this cycle? Check out the list by going to Document information pages (list of NFPA codes & standards).

El NFPA Journal Latinoamericano® está patrocinando el Salón de Hospitalidad Internacional (Sala: S401A) donde el martes 23 de junio se llevarán a cabo sesiones gratis en español. A continuación nuestro programa:

Martes, 23 de junio
SS01 09:00-10:30
Aplicación de detección de humo en infraestructura actual de centros de datos y de telecomunicaciones
Ing. Yosti Mendez (México), Director de Ventas para Latinoamérica de Xtralis
La responsabilidad central de accionistas  involucrados con la especificación, diseño, operación y mantenimiento de infraestructura crítica de centros de datos, es la de asegurar la continuidad, disponibilidad y seguridad de activos críticos. Detección de fuego está dentro de las consideraciones principales, al planificar la confiabilidad y constante tiempo de funcionamiento de estas áreas críticas. Los ambientes operativos han cambiado drásticamente, y continúan evolucionando al igual que nuestra confianza como función del servicio, sobrepasando los métodos y filosofías de detección prescritos en los códigos y estándares. Esta presentación se enfoca en las estrategias de detección y aplicación de tecnologías apropiadas para, eficientemente, cumplir con los objetivos de confiabilidad y rentabilidad de los Centros de Datos y de Telecomunicaciones.


SS02  11:00-12:30
Principales aspectos de la inspección, prueba y mantenimiento de las bombas contra incendios según la edición 2014 de NFPA 25
Domenico Braca (Venezuela), Director de Invertec e instructor de la NFPA
Una revisión de las principales pautas descritas en el Capitulo 8 de NFPA 25, Norma para la inspección, prueba y mantenimiento de sistemas hidráulicos contra incendios, correspondiente a las IPM de las operaciones en las bombas de los sistemas de  protección contra incendios. ¿Cuáles han sido los cambios mas significativos que se han incorporado en esta edición de la normativa? Se presenta la importancia que reviste la interpretación adecuada de las tablas de mayor relevancia mostradas en el documento normativo. ¿Cuál es el beneficio de la ejecución de las pruebas con la frecuencia indicada en la norma? y ¿Cuáles son las consecuencias que pudieran tenerse en una instalación en el caso de no aplicar los requerimientos sugeridos en el referido Capítulo de la NFPA 25? Qué debemos hacer para garantizar la confiabilidad en el desempeño de los equipos instalados dentro de una casa de bombas de sistemas de protección contra incendios.

SS03  14:00-15:30
Criterios de diseño para protecciones contra incendio en relación con la respuesta a emergencias
Ing. Alfonso Paniso (Perú), Gerente General, EngineeringServices S.A.C.
El propósito es resaltar la importancia que los diseños de ingeniería en protección contra incendios incluyan como parte de la estrategia de solución el proceso de la respuesta a emergencias interna y por parte de Bomberos, de forma tal, que se puedan integrar los esfuerzos para reducir el tiempo de respuesta en el control de la emergencia, así como mejorar las protección a la vida de los respondedores.

SS04 16:00-17:30
Opciones de diseño para protección de almacenamientos con rociadores automáticos de acuerdo al nuevo Capítulo 21
Ing. Giorgio Silva Faedo (Perú), Jefe de Calidad y Revisor por Pares, ESSAC
En la edición 2013 de la norma de rociadores automáticos (NFPA 13) aparece un nuevo capítulo que plantea distintas alternativas para la protección de áreas de almacenamiento, el objetivo del curso es discutir los requisitos de aplicación de estas opciones y realizar comparaciones de diseño para almacenamientos típicos determinado que ventajas o desventajas tendría aplicar estas alternativas.

NFPA 30A defines “motor fuel dispensing facility” and “fleet motor fuel dispensing facility”, but the differences between the two are not always clear.  What exactly is covered by the latter definition?

Simply, at a fleet motor fuel dispensing facility, the fueling system and its operation and the vehicles being fueled are under common control or common ownership.  So, for example, a charter bus service can have its own fuel storage and dispensing operation and its own garage for repairs, thereby taking advantage of several lenient provisions of NFPA 30A.  Conversely, any situation where fuel is dispensed to vehicles that are not directly controlled or owned by the same entity, including farm co-ops and similar closed membership operations, is treated the same as a traditional retail service station.

Indoor rack storage is desired by boat owners and marinas to protect vessels from weather and extreme temperatures. A major concern is protection of the boats and the storage structure from fire. The nature of the boat construction materials results in a potentially high fire load, and the storage configuration can present significant challenges to activation and water distribution patterns of automatic sprinkler systems.


Specific criterion for the design and installation of fire protection for boats stored on racks inside of buildings is currently lacking. NFPA 303, Fire Protection Standard for Marinas and Boatyards requires that automatic sprinklers systems comply with the provisions of Chapter 12 of NFPA 13, Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems for Group “A” Plastics. However, NFPA 13 does not specifically address indoor rack storage of boats. Fire test data of boats in rack storage is needed to establish more specific requirements for fire control and protection of this type of vessel storage.


Read more about in the December 2008 Fire Protection Research Foundation Report,  "Marina and Boatyard Indoor Rack Storage Sprinkler Protection".  Here is the link to the report:

The 2016 edition of NFPA 307, Standard for the Construction and Fire Protection of Marine Terminals, Piers, and Wharves provides the latest principles for construction and fire
protection in these types of structures. Compliance is essential for the
protection from loss of life and property -- especially since special use piers and wharf structures that differ in design and
construction from cargo handling piers require special considerations based on the type and function of the structure.
The Standard also applies to buildings and structures located on marine terminal premises and the terminal yard areas.


Changes in the 2016 NFPA 307 respond to industry needs for greater guidance:

  • New references to NFPA 5000: Building Construction and Safety Code offer consensus-based requirements related to the design, materials and workmanship of pier and wharf construction and other structures within the facility.
  • A new construction requirement mandates consideration of health and safety aspects for cruise ship passenger terminals.


For installers, contractors, designers, engineers, and facility managers involved in building or managing marine terminals, piers, and wharves, the latest edition of 
NFPA 307
is critical to ensuring fire protection and life safety in these special occupancies.

Think you have what it takes to be the next champ? Here's some words of wisdom from the original, the best, the most electrifying NEC Challenge Champ ever!  Make sure and stop by booth 471 at the Expo during the NFPA annual meeting and try your hand at the challenge.  Who knows you might just see the Code Crusher!


Attention all Fire Service in attendance at NFPA Conference and Expo.  Your voice matters and we want to hear from you.  NFPA publishes over 100 standards that directly impact the equipment you work with and the way you do your job!  We want to hear from you.  What can we do to help you do your job?  What could we be doing better?  What areas are we falling short?  Please take any opportunity to stop me and share your thoughts.  Stop by the NFPA Booth!


See You in Chicago

Posted by dbellis Employee Jun 17, 2015

Please stop by and introduce yourself on the way to Registration at McCormick Convention Center Monday morning!


As you probably know, NFPA has an electronic platform for the submission of Public Input and Public Comments (YOUR proposed revisions to existing and new NFPA standards).  If you have not taken advantage of this technology, or would like to discuss this submission system, please be certain to stop by.  I look forward to meeting you and introducing you to our electronic system.

This event is open to the public. NFPA takes the transparency of it's process and the inclusion of people with disabilities very seriously. In order to help assure access at the General Session for people who are deaf or hard of hearing, the session will have captioning and translation.


Open captioning will be displayed on screens during Monday's general session, provided by Alternative Communication Services (ACS).


You will also have the option to read along in English and Spanish on your personal tablet or laptop computer, using Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART).


The event will become active a few minutes before the scheduled start time, so if you arrive at the site early you may need to refresh your screen


Hope to see you there!

See you at 8:00am CT room 503ab for the discussion and presentation on NFPA 600: What are Facility Fire Brigades, and What Does the Standard Allow Them to Do? 

According to a recent NFPA survey, most firefighters don’t know how to get involved in our codes and standards making process or don’t think their voices will be heard.  As a result the NFPA has launched a new campaign called NFPA Standards in Action: Your Voice Matters.  This is an excellent opportunity for firefighters to have input into the standards that directly impact you.  Click on the following link for more information and to see how you can become involved, Firefighters are directly impacted by our codes and standards on the job each and every day. If you think changes need to be made to them, we need to hear from you!

NFPA is seeking members who are interested in becoming a member of the Technical Committee that will develop the Selection Care and Maintenance document for Tactical Video Cameras.  If you are interested in being part of this committee please click on the following link to complete and submit your application.

Are you interested in servicing on an NFPA Technical Committee?  If so did you know that the Technical Committee on Accreditation and Certification to Fire Service Professional Qualifications, NFPA 1000, is seeking members in the interest classifications of Installer/Maintainer, Applied Research/Testing Laboratory, Insurance, Consumer, Labor and Manufacturer? If you are interested in applying for this committee the application is available at the following link; Click on the Technical Committee tab, scroll to the Apply to the Committee tab and choose the appropriate committee application.

Are you interested in servicing on an NFPA Correlating Committee?  If so did you know that the Correlating Committee on Professional Qualifications is seeking members in the interest classifications of Installer/Maintainer, Applied Research/Testing Laboratory, Insurance, Consumer, Labor, Manufacturer and Special Expert?  If you are interested in applying for this committee the application is available at the following link; Click on the Technical Committee tab, scroll to the Apply to the Committee tab and choose the appropriate committee application.


Your Voice Matters!!!

Posted by michaelwixted Employee Jun 16, 2015

Are you a fire fighter and know of NFPA, but can’t figure out how to connect it to your day-to-day job? Check out the Your Voice Matters website ( and get engaged with NFPA. It gives a quick and easy overview of what NFPA does, shows how it relates to the great work you do, and gives you some tools for proposing changes to NFPA Standards.

If you are attending the NFPA Conference and Expo in Chicago make sure you get the offical app.  Its easy!  Check out the following link and blog post!



Download the 2015 NFPA Conference & Expo Mobile App for free - National Fire Protection Association Blog


"Fire Control" in NFPA 13

Posted by mattklaus Employee Jun 14, 2015

Since the inception of the first sprinkler system in the 1870s, the focus of most sprinkler systems has been to control a fire rather than to extinguish it. Although sprinkler systems have extinguished numerous fires, sprinkler systems generally are designed to limit the size of a developing fire and prevent it from growing and spreading beyond its general area of origin. In some cases, fires are shielded from sprinkler system discharge, which makes complete extinguishment difficult. A sprinkler system’s ability to extinguish or suppress a fire has not been widely discussed until fairly recently, because the interaction between sprinkler discharge and a fire had not been sufficiently understood. Phenomena associated with fire growth rates, mass loss of the burning fuel package, and rate of heat release produced by a fire need to be considered. Only within the past two decades have research efforts provided a greater understanding of these phenomena. The result is the development of nontraditional sprinkler devices such as the control mode specific application (CMSA) sprinkler and the early suppression fast-response (ESFR) sprinkler.





What? The Lac-Mégantic Railway Disaster – A Town Destroyed and 47 Killed; Lessons Learned

When? Wednesday, June 24, 8:00-9:00 am



  • Denis Lauzon, Fire Chief of Lac Mégantic and incident commander for the disastrous event
  • J. Gordon Routley, PE, FSFPE, FIFireE; Division Chief, Montreal Fire Department


The story of the Lac Mégantic incident represents an important chapter in the modern era of risk management. On July 6, 2013, a runaway train composed of 72 tank cars transporting crude oil from North Dakota to the east coast derailed in the center of a town in rural Quebec. The resulting fire claimed 47 lives and destroyed the center of the community. The details will provide valuable lessons for attendees from several different sectors.