Despite sub-freezing temperatures outside, topics and conversations stay hot at NFPA conference

Blog Post created by mikehazell Employee on Dec 14, 2010

Day 2 of NFPA's Fire & Life Safety Conference here in Orlando...and the energy level remains high, both from speakers and our attendees.

In our "Building & Life Safety" track, Joe Versteeg, principal of Versteeg Associates and a member of the Technical Committee for NFPA 101, led attendees through the process to determine occupancy classifications for multiple occupancy buildings.

In our "Codes & Standards" track, Craig Schroll, president of FIRECON, and a member of the Technical Committee for NFPA 600, talked about effective emergency planning. He said the foundation of any emergency plan - from simple evacuation plans to a comprehensive continuity of operations plan - is a complete threat assessment and a deep understanding of the things that might create emergencies.

In the "Fire Suppression" track, Mark Conroy, a senior engineer at Brooks Equipment Company, spoke about the requirments for inspecting, maintaining, and recharging portable fire extinguishers, as outlined in NFPA 10. Among the topics covered in this morning's session were inspection and maintenance procedures and the difference between the two, certification of maintenance personnel, recharging of rechargeable extinguishers, and hydrostatic testing requirements.

In our "Detection & Alarm" track, Warren Olsen, a partner at Fire Safety Consultants, Inc., and a member of the Technical Committee for NFPA 72, National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code, talked about the process of fire alarm plan reviews. He walked participants through what actually happens during the review process and well as available tools and resources.

- Mike Hazell