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Navigating the 2012 edition of NFPA 1, Fire Code, was the theme of a special two-day post-conference seminar at NFPA’s Fire & Life Safety Conference in Orlando. NFPA Regional Manager Jim Dolan led this all-new session, leading participants through identifying the purpose and scope of the code and how to easily find information the document, and apply its provisions correctly. Over the course of this two-day event, attendees are gaining a more thorough understanding of life safety and property protection issues, including automatic sprinklers, standpipes, operating features, occupancies, exits, and fire lanes. 

Adopted in jurisdictions throughout North America, NFPA 1 contains extracts from and references to more than 130 NFPA codes and standards to address the full range of fire protection and life safety issues.

The 2012 edition of NFPA 1 includes new requirements for:

  • sprinklers in all new buildings three or more stories in height
  • carbon monoxide detection in new residential occupancies
  • floor fire protection for new non-sprinklered one- and two-family dwellings
  • and other changes that benefit building occupant safety

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In a special two-day session as part of NFPA’s Fire & Life Safety Conference in Orlando, Dana Haagansen, P.E., a member of the NFPA 13 technical committee, led attendees through the ins and outs of how to calculate and review sprinkler system hydraulics. Based on guidelines in NFPA 13, Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems, this class gave participants the opportunity to learn to determine occupancy classification and sprinkler discharge calculations, and to perform hands-on branchline and whole system calculations.

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RELATED VIDEO: Senior Fire Protection Engineer Matt Klaus talk about recent changes to NFPA's sprinkler documents.

The NFPA Enforcer Funding Program will provide funding for NFPA Technical Committee participation for certain public sector Committee members who have been designated by the NFPA Standards Council, for purposes of committee balance, in the category of “Enforcing Authority (E)” (“Enforcers”).

The purpose of this Program is to enhance NFPA Technical Committee balance of interests and to promote public sector participation in NFPA standards development activities by reducing financial barriers to participation entailed by public sector budget constraints. 

The Program will not be able to fund all public sector employees, nor will it provide full funding. Rather, to make the most effective use of the available resources, this Program will be limited geographically and will focus on Enforcers, a category for which a need for greater participation on many NFPA Technical Committees has been identified.  In addition, the Program will provide reimbursement to eligible Committee members, not for all costs, but for up to 80% of the major costs associated with attendance at NFPA Technical Committee meetings.

See the full description of the Program.

- Debbie Baio

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How is the 2012 edition of the newly-organized NFPA 99, Health Care Facilities Code, addressing the safety challenges in health care facilities?

In today’s special one-day post-conference seminar, Jim Lathrop, FSFPE, Vice President of Koffel Associates, and member of the NFPA 99 Fundamentals Technical Committee, reviewed the document, which features a new risk-based, rather than occupancy-based approach. Today, medical technologies and procedures can be based in a variety of locations, “so it doesn’t matter what the name is on the building,” said Jim. “What matters is that the risks to the patient are addressed.”

RELATED VIDEO: NFPA’s Rich Bielen explaining more about the new risk-based approach in NFPA 99.

Jim also reviewed other major changes in the 2012 edition of NFPA 99, including new chapters on information technology and communication systems, plumbing, and security management. The document also includes a totally-rewritten chapter 12 on emergency management, which features “lessons learned” from recent disasters and better integration with NFPA 1600, Disaster/Emergency Management and Business Continuity Programs.

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NFPA 101®, Life Safety Code®, is the most widely-used source for occupant safety strategies, addressing the construction, protection, and occupancy features in various occupancies. Today, as part of the post-conference seminar offerings at the NFPA Fire & Life Safety Conference in Orlando, Joe Versteeg, Principal of Versteeg Associates, and a Life Safety Code technical committee member, reviewed the major updates to the 2012 edition of the code. 

RELATED VIDEO: NFPA’s Robert Solomon talking about major updates to the 2012 Life Safety Code®.


A Public Education Field Advisor position is currently avaiable with the NFPA, in the Northwest region of the country. 

The NFPA Public Education Field Advisor serves as a liaison between NFPA and fire and life safety educators. The Advisors work through NFPA’s Public Education Network (state level representatives assigned by the state fire marshal’s office or the appropriate state association representing the interests of public fire safety education. 

Learn more about the job responsibilities and position qualifications

Think you would be a great fit for the position? Download the application now!

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