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NFPA's Mark Schofield asks attendees about their thoughts on our Fire & Life Safety Conference in Orlando.

About 100 are participating in "part 2" of NFPA's Fire & Life Safety Conference here in Orlando, and earning continuing education units (CEUs) as part of the deal. Our four post-conference seminars got underway at 8:00 this morning.

Our one-day session on "Fire Protection Concepts and Analysis for Property Loss Prevention" is covering concepts on risk evaluation to help participants learn how to recognize and alieviate potential hazards in their facilities. Instructor Bruce Clarke of Global Asset Protection Services, LLC, and a member of the NFPA 25 Technical Committee, is leading a discussion on how engineering analyses, which reference NFPA and other standards, can be used to adequately protect property.

Guy Colonna, who manages NFPA's Industrial & Chemical Engineering division and is fresh off of teaching a three-part session on dust explosions yesterday, is back behind the lectern today. He's leading a seminar on "Explosion Prevention and Protection", and focusing on industrial processes that handle flammable liquids, gasses, and combustible particulate solids. Attendees are getting an up-close look at NFPA 68, Explosion Protection by Deflagration Venting, and NFPA 69, Explosion Prevention Systems.

Break out the calculators -- participants in our two-day session on "Sprinkler Hydraulics" are being challenged to determine occupancy classifications and complete sprinkler discharge calculations. Led by Bob Caputo, President/CEO of Consolidated Fire Protection, Inc., and a member of the Technical Committee for NFPA 13, this session is also highlighting water supply and system demand issues.

Craig Schroll, President of FIRECON and a member of the Technical Committee for NFPA 600, is leading our 2-day seminar on "Code Requirements for Maintaining Fire & Life Safety Systems". This broad-ranging seminar is giving attendees a solid overview of the inspection, testing, and maintenance requirements found in more than a dozen NFPA codes and standards.

- Mike Hazell

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