I have been travelling to trade shows for NFPA this week and found myself sitting on a runway in Orlando waiting for weather to clear in Boston. We sat on the tarmac for two hours. So what do you do for two hours on the runway without being able to get up and move around? You take out your Surface Pro and type up a blog post about semantics from one of the education sessions I attended.
At one of the education sessions about fire suppression, I visibly shuddered every time the speaker referred to NFPA as "THEY." When referring to changes to the 2016 edition of NFPA 13, I kept hearing things like "THEY changed Article......." and THEY changed the line about.........." Offended is not the right word I would use but I was concerned about the constant references NFPA. THEY have names. THEY have faces. THEY are the folks who manage, guide and wrangle codes and standards to the finished product you see in a handbook or on the Web.
I know enough about the changes to the 2016 edition to NFPA 13 to know when someone has an understanding of the code and some of the nuances within but there was something missing from this presentation. One vital detail the presenter missed was the new commodities classifications in the 2016 edition. This is a huge change that people need to know about especially for the folks in the audience who have thousands of square feet of warehouse space. I started to think about who "THEY" were and the one name that kept popping into my head was Matt Klaus, the Principle Fire Protection Engineer at NFPA. I've seen Matt speak about NFPA 13 on dozens of occasions and in my opinion, there is no one more knowledgeable on the subject. Matt works with the technical committees and travels the world presenting to groups, teaching NFPA 13 material to private organizations and serving as an NFPA instructor. When I need technical review of NFPA 13 related materials, I go to Matt. So if Matt is the "THEY" that other presenters keep referring to, I have a few questions:
If you want to know about the changes to the 2016 edition of NFPA 13 would you rather hear them from the presenters who only know NFPA as a nameless, faceless entity or would rather hear it from the source or "THEY." Would you like to know about the changes to commodities classifications directly from Matt? Would you like to ask him questions?
I invite you to join Matt Klaus next week for a live online training event aptly titled NFPA 13 Changes Between the 2013 – 2016 Edition. For more information on Matt's 2-hour presentation, click here.