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In his remarks at the General Session at the 2016 NFPA Conference & Expo in Las Vegas, NFPA President Jim Pauley spoke about progress -- what it means for attendees, members and stakeholders around the world, and how NFPA continues to transform in order to address our shared challenges.


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NFPA President Jim Pauley outlines a journey of progress, vision for a safer world

One of the benefits to membership with NFPA is the ability to join a Member Section.  Stop by Booth 1446 while at the Conference to discuss how the AEBO Member Section can promote cooperation between the architects and engineers involved in the design process, and the building officials who administer and enforce the legal regulations that apply to the built environment.


Jerry Wooldridge

Executive Board of Directors for AEBO

IMG_3919.JPGGarner Palenske, P.E., from Jensen Hughes presented work completed for the Research Foundation on Early Suppression Fast Response (ESFR) sprinklers and obstructions to a packed room at the NFPA Conference in Las Vegas this morning.  Attendees heard a summary of the previous work on Phase 1 and Phase 2, including results from full scale testing that was completed. 


Garner also described the process that is being used for the current Phase 3 effort with the Research Foundation that includes Actual Delivered Density (ADD) testing and full scale testing.  The focus of this phase is on obtaining more specific information about the impact of vertical distance and obstruction width of bridging members.  The overall objective of the research program is to develop a tool that can be used for providing reliable analysis of the impact of obstructions on ESFR sprinklers based on existing data and develop technical basis to the Technical Committees for NFPA 13, Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems, for new requirements and guidance.  The Phase 3 report will be available by the end of this year.


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Chief Thomas DiBernardo and Fire Planner Stephen Grasso will be giving a presentation at the 2016 Conference & Expo on how Sunrise Fire Rescue tackled the risk reduction issue using a three pronged approach. The session will include how they implemented a community paramedic program  as part of the strategy.  Session number is W23.

With a little bit of blood, sweat and tears the walls are up and the signs have been hung.  We will be open for business tomorrow (Monday) at 4:00pm. 

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NFPA’s Disability Access Review and Advisory Committee’s first day of meetings opened the 2016 Conference & Expo. It was a very productive first day where, among other work, the committee approved, revised and updated its bylaws, re-elected Toby Olsen, Executive Secretary, Governor’s Committee on Disability Issues and Employment, State of Washington as Chair and Steven Spinetto, retired ADA Coordinator for the City of Boston as Vice Chair, both to three year terms.


They also approved minutes of the September, 2015 meeting in Washington, DC and reviewed NFPA’s new website as well as NFPA Xchange, our exciting new community forum.



Work will continue today and they will be at booth #1464 all week. Stop by and say "Hi"!



Things are starting to come together.  The electrical, internet, rug and all important padding have been laid.  Now on to the build.  Hope to see you all soon!

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     “Fire and life safety may be more important to people with disabilities than others because of the barriers to accessing information about emergencies and then  navigating the physical barriers within the built environment, says Allan Fraser, Senior Building Code Specialist and staff liaison to NFPA’s presidential Disability Access Review and Advisory Committee (DARAC) at NFPA. “With each passing day I marvel at the new technological innovations and advancements, particularly those that improve access to information, communications, and the ability of people with disabilities to be more empowered with respect to their own safety.”


          Stop by Booth #1464 to find out more about what DARAC does from its members and staff. You’ll be glad you did!


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Stop by the new "ANNEX" area and get a quick overview of the amazing project.


Tuesday, 12:05 – 12:25 pm in the ANNEX area of the 2nd Floor Lobby

Building and Life Safety Technical Committee

Allan B. Fraser, CBI, CPCA, Senior Building Code Specialist


     NFPA's new Technical Committee on Building Fire and Life Safety Directors is beginning to write a standard(s) on the duties, requirements,

competencies and professional qualifications required of Building Fire and Life Safety Directors. Its documents will cover all buildings, except

industrial buildings, with occupancies over 5000 people up to the largest venue in the country, the Indianapolis Speedway with a capacity of 257,000 people.

NFPA's DARAC Meeting is open to the public June 11-12, 2016 at Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV.


Here is the agenda:




(Disability Access Review and Advisory Committee)

Draft Agenda

(Rev. 5-12-16)


Saturday and Sunday, June 11th and 12th, 2016


Surf “F” (Meetings) & Surf “E” (Dining),

Mandalay Bay Conference Center,

Las Vegas, NV


  1. 8:30 a.m.- Breakfast for Committee members (both mornings, lunch both days)


  1. 9:00 a.m. - Call to order by Staff Liaison Allan Fraser.


  1. Self - Introductions of Members and Guests


  1. Election of Chair and Vice Chair (Bylaws and Operating Procedures)




      1. 5.1 In January of even-numbered calendar years, following the appointment or re-appointment of all DARAC members, the committee will elect a chairperson and a vice chairperson from among the committee’s members.


      1. 5.2          The chairperson and vice-chairperson shall serve in those positions for two years.


      1. 5.3 The chairperson and vice-chairperson or their designees may attend NFPA Technical Committee meetings as needed.


  1. Announcements


    • Group dinner Sunday night at Wolfgang Puck’s Lupo, 1st floor, Mandalay Bay on the corridor leading from the Casino to the Parking Garage


  1. Approval of Minutes –


    • Sept. 28-30, 2015 Meeting in Washington, DC (Attach. 1)


  1. Updates on NFPA activities and initiatives:


    • 2016 C&E Programs in Las Vegas










10’x10’ Units




Accessibility Expo (10’x10’ Units)







Total Attendance





  • e-ACCESS (URL on Post card) (Attach. 2)
    • Ideas, thoughts, criticisms
    • Soliciting more articles
  • DARAC’s new webpage (
    • Ideas? Add, delete, modify, etc.
  • 2nd Edition of NFPA’s Emergency Evacuation Planning Guide for People with Disabilities  (Attach.3)
  • NFPA 101/5000
    • Grab bars (Attach. 4)
    • Stair descent devices (Attach. 5)
  • Articles
    • Campus Fire Safety (Attach. 6)
  • 31st   CSUN Conference on Technology & People with Disabilities
            • Sessions (Exercise Handouts & Attach. 7)
            • Booth – (PPT loop)


  •   Building Fire and Life Safety Directors Technical Committee (New- See below)
    • Meeting 2:00pm Sunday, June 12th
    • Panel Session Tuesday, June 14th,  3:30pm -4:30 pm, Reef E   
    • Tentative - September, 2016 US Senate SAA National Emergency Preparedness Fair.


  • Report: NFIRS Incident Types – Why aren’t they telling a clearer story? (Attach. 8)


  • ICC/ANSI A117.1 Update:


  1. New Business


    • New NFPA Conference Center (Attach. 9)


    • New NFPA project: “Professional Practices for Facility Fire Safety Planning and Fire Safety Directors: (Attach. 10)


Building Fire and Life Safety Directors (BFL-AAA)


Committee Scope: (As revised by the Standards Council, April 5-6, 2016)


This committee shall have primary responsibility for documents related to the duties, requirements, competencies and professional qualifications required of Building Fire and Life Safety Directors. This committee shall also have primary responsibility for the establishment of minimum requirements for emergency action plans addressing all-hazard emergencies within occupied structures having an occupant load of greater than 500 This committee shall not have responsibility of such qualifications, roles, responsibilities, or emergency action plans within industrial occupancies.


Document Scope:


(First Project: Duties, Roles, Competencies and Professional Qualifications for Building Fire & Life Safety Directors):


                    1.1* Scope.

This standard identifies the minimum job performance requirements (JPRs) for building fire and life safety director.


      • Staff Liaison is A. Fraser.
      • Suggestions for potential TC members with disabilities


    • Bylaw revisions task group (Attach. 11)
      • Bill Scott appointed Rocky Burks, Marsha Mazz, Toby Olsen and himself as a task group to review the bylaws and operating procedures and to make appropriate recommendations for modifications for committee votes back in 2010. The task group has completed its work and is presenting its recommended changes for discussion and a vote by the full committee.


    • 2017 Conference & Expo – June 4-7, 2017, Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.
      • Ideas for marketing
      • Ideas for vendors
      • Ideas for vendor/other presentations
      • Update on re-building NFPA’s  website– Lorraine Carli and vendor, OHO Interactive


  1. Adjournment