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NFPA 4 is a new standard on integrated testing of fire protection and life safety systems. The Technical Committee (TC) for Commissioning and Integrated Testing  prepared an initial draft of NFPA 4 in January of 2012. This draft was sent out for public comment and later approved for public input at the March 2012 Standards Council meeting. This new standard will apply to all fire protection systems that are  integrated or inter-connected. The concept of integrated fire protection  of life safety system testing is not new, however NFPA 4 will be the  first NFPA standard to provide a roadmap on how such tests must  be conducted.


Before the TC holds their First Draft meeting (formerly known as the ROP meeting) the TC will hold a draft development meeting on July 25 and 26 at NFPA Headquarters in Quincy , MA to further refine the content of the initial NFPA 4 draft. Although only in its infant stages, NFPA 4 is beginning to take shape including requirements addressing roles and responsibilities of testing personnel, qualifications of testing personnel, periodic integrated system testing frequencies, and methods for documenting integrated tests.


Following the upcoming draft development meeting, the committee will hold their "First Draft meeting" this September with the end result being a "first draft" that incorporates the TC revisions. Following the posting of the first draft, the public is encouraged to provide comments on the committee's revisions. This can be done by going to and clicking on the link on the "next edition" tab.

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SAE International and NFPA will again co-sponsor the 3rd Annual Electric Vehicle Safety Standards Summit October 18, 2012, at the Cobo Center in Detroit, Michigan. With the number of electric vehicles continuing to grow so does the importance of discussion surrounding codes and standards. The goal of the summit is to review and refine the current implementation plan for electric vehicles and identify and address any obstacles related to fire and electrical safety standards. Participants in last years summit included vehicle designers, battery manufacturers, emergency responders, charging station suppliers, public utilities, facility insurers, and salvage operators. The deadline for pre-registration is September 21st. Sign up today.

From August 12-17, 2012, NFPA 101 and NFPA 5000’s occupancy specific Technical Committees, composed of over 180 members, will be holding their First Draft meetings in St. Louis, MO.   This past May, the eight core chapter Technical Committees for NFPA 101 and NFPA 5000 held their First Draft meetings in Indianapolis, IN. 

This cycle marks the first cycle in which these documents will be operating under NFPA’s new standards development process.  At the upcoming meetings, the occupancy committees will be addressing over 400 proposed changes for the 2015 editions.    Information related to the revision of the next editions can be found under the “Next Edition” tab of their respective Document Information Pages – NFPA 101 and NFPA 5000.

NFPA Technical Committee meetings are open to the public and to guests and we welcome your attendance.  Guests wishing to address the Technical Committee or Correlating Committee on an issue shall notify the Committee Chair or NFPA Staff Liaison in writing at least 7 days before the meeting. If you are in the St. Louis area in August, stop in to the NFPA 101 and NFPA 5000 meetings and learn about the latest and greatest Code issues being discussed by our experts.  We hope to see you there!

South Carolina Coalition
Actions taken by home fire sprinkler advocates in three states have led to a handful of recent victories.

The latest edition of NFPA Journal highlights these efforts, including a statewide initiative sparked by NFPA and the South Carolina Sprinkler Coalition to promote the benefits of residential sprinklers in advance of a crucial vote by the state's Building Code Council. The efforts paid off--the council opted to maintain the sprinkler provisions.

Elsewhere, Maryland's governor signed into law a bill that mandates fire sprinkler provisions, while Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton recently vetoed an anti-sprinkler bill. In Illinois, the village of Gurnee became the 77th community in the state to require sprinkler protection in new construction.

Get all the specifics in the latest edition of NFPA Journal.

99 12 Code Cover Front

While it seems like NFPA 99 was revised for the first time in seven years only yesterday by approval at NFPA’s June 2011 Annual Meeting in Boston, the development of the 2015 edition of the Health Care Facilities Code is already beginning. 

The public input period closed on June 22nd and now the Technical Committees  responsible for the code are preparing for their First Draft meetings in San Diego next month. The seven technical committees consist of experts in the various fields that are addressed within NFPA 99 including:

-          Electrical Systems

-          Fundamentals

-          Health Care Emergency Management and Security

-          Mechanical Systems

-          Medical Equipment

-          Medical Gas and Vacuum Piping Systems

-          Hyperbaric Facilities

Guests are always welcomed at NFPA technical committee meetings and if you’re in the San Diego area and would like to attend one of the meetings simply let me know. For those who’ll miss out on all of the in-person action but still want to stay informed, the NFPA 99 “Next Edition” tab will contain all of meeting agendas, ballots, and drafts of the revised documents, will keep you up to date with the changes throughout the revision cycle.

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