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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.