The high stakes of fire protection in air traffic control towers at today's NFPA Conference & Expo in Chicago

Blog Post created by jesseroman Employee on Jun 22, 2015


Brian Papagni of the FAA (left) and David Clark of Protection Engineers LLC, present Monday morning at the NFPA Conference & Expo in Chicago.


Even when you're in a plane taxiing on the runway, air traffic control towers are probably nowhere near the forefront of your mind—not so for Brian Papagni and David Clark. Clark, an engineer at Protection Engineers LLC, and Papagni, a safety manager at the Federal Aviation Administration, kicked-off today's NFPA Conference & Expo education session lineup with a broad discussion on the unique challenges these towers present to fire protection engineers. Factors such as delayed egress for employees, limited egress, critical mission continuity as well as structure height all make it difficult to design for both life safety and fire suppression elements.

Several codes including NFPA 101, Life Safety Code, as well as NFPA 75, Fire Protection of Information Technology Equipment, inform much of how fire protection engineers and the FAA deal with these challenges. 

To view a pdf of today's presentation, "Protection the Skies—Fire Protection Challenges at Airport Control Towers," visit