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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.

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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.

 

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

     “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!

 

To learn more, visit www.nfpa.org/conference

 

 

 

 

 

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:

 

   

              DARAC

(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)

 

ARTICLE 5    COMMITTEE OFFICERS

 

      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

 

Item:

2013

2014

2015

Companies

352

350

357

10’x10’ Units

622

629

638

Accessibility Expo (10’x10’ Units)

 

6

 

6

 

9

Total Attendance

4,069

4,595

4,196

 

  • e-ACCESS (URL on Post card) (Attach. 2)
    • Ideas, thoughts, criticisms
    • Soliciting more articles
  • DARAC’s new webpage (www.nfpa.org/DARAC
    • 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

The newly formed Technical Committee on Building Fire & Life Safety Directors is charged with the development of national standards relating to facility emergency action plans and criteria for building fire and life safety directors. The committee’s scope is:

“This committee shall have primary responsibility for documents related to the duties, requirements, and competencies 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.

 

Its first project is to develop a standard that shall establish the duties, requirements, and competencies for building fire and life safety directors related to all-hazard emergencies in structures having occupant load of greater than 500.”

 

     At NFPA’s 2016 Conference & Expo on Tue, Jun 14, 2016 - 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM in Reef E of the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV, the committee will hold the following session:

T74 - Interactive Overview of NFPA's New Technical Committee on Building Fire & Life Safety Directors

 

    This interactive session will provide an overview of the Committee's thoughts and gather input from attendees regarding the segmentation and the various topic areas to be covered in the new document. This is a must session for everyone who is involved in emergency action plans for buildings with occupancies of more than 500 people. Be sure to save the time and date!

 

See you there!  

Annual International & Persons with Disabilities Conference

 

NFPA will have a booth and be presenting an education session on preparing people with disabilities for emergency evacuations at the 2016 CSUN International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference will be held in San Diego, CA from March 21 to March 26, 2016 at the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel. This will be NFPA’s 8th year at this annual conference.

 

For  over 30 years, the Center on Disabilities, through the Annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference, has provided an inclusive setting for researchers, practitioners, exhibitors, end users, speakers and other participants to share knowledge and best practices in the field of assistive technology. In 2015, the conference drew more than 4,800 people to San Diego. Known as a forum that showcases cutting edge technology and practical solutions that can be utilized to remove the barriers that prevent the full participation of persons with disabilities in educational, workplace and social settings, the conference is the largest of its kind in the world.

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?

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?

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

Posted by afraser Employee Jun 22, 2015

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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!

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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

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!