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Holum Photo 1We are just 3 days from crowning the next NEC Challenge Champion, and it’s time to meet our next finalist, Paul Holum from Elk River, Minn. Paul, who spends most of his time promoting the importance of the NEC as an electrical instructor, earned his spot at the highly competitive NJATC NTI show back in July, beating out dozens of professionals who make their living from knowing and enforcing the code.

In fact, Paul came to NTI with redemption on his mind, only just missing out on a championship spot when he played the NEC Challenge there in 2013.

Paul has 32 years of experience in the industry, attributes his passion for the code in his belief that it will help you succeed in all facets of the industry.

“This is a dangerous, evolving industry. We have to find new ways, and exciting ways to reach the people out there to keep them interested in staying up-to-date with the NEC, and that’s where this challenge comes in,” said Holum. “Knowledge opens doors, providing endless opportunity.”

When Paul is not out engaging his students in the classroom about the NEC, he enjoys traveling, photography and supporting his wife as a Green Bay Packer fan as he silently cheers for the underdogs.

This instructor plans to take a summer vacation away from the classroom in hopes of winning the NEC Challenge Champion belt and the $5,000 grand prize.

Tune in this Friday, February 6th at 12:00 p.m. EST. to see if Paul takes home the grand prize. Visit to find out how you can register to view the crowning of our next NEC Challenge Champion.


!|src=|alt=Missouri Fire Sprinkler Coalition|style=margin: 0px 0px 5px 5px;|title=Missouri Fire Sprinkler Coalition|class=asset asset-image at-xid-6a00d8351b9f3453ef01bb07e87334970d img-responsive!The Missouri Fire Sprinkler Coalition will host its first Missouri Sprinkler Summit on March 10 in Columbia, Missouri. The daylong program will be beneficial to anyone having a stake in the issue of fire sprinklers in Missouri, and will be especially beneficial at educating fire service personnel on the subject.

Summit highlights include:

    • overview of the Missouri Fire Sprinkler Coalition

overview of sprinkler standards, including NFPA 13D, Installation of Sprinkler Systems in One- and Two-Family Dwellings and Manufactured Homes

    1. the homebuilders' perspective on home fire sprinklers

    2. building partnerships and coalitions to promote sprinklers

    3. education and advocacy

    4. firefighter tactics, firefighter safety, and home fire sprinklers

    5. side-by-side live burn/sprinkler demonstration


Early registration for the summit is $40 (plus applicable processing fees) if purchased online before March 6. Registration will be $50 on the day of the event for those not registered in advance. To register, visit the coalition's website.

!|src=|alt=|style=padding: 0; margin: 0; border: 0; display: block; width: 80px; max-width: 100%;!Introducing Audrey Goldstein, the Fire Sprinkler Initiative's newest blogger
!|src=|alt=|style=padding: 0; margin: 0; border: 0; display: block; width: 80px; max-width: 100%;!New and improved Fire Sprinkler Initiative newsletter makes its debut

NFPA documents in the Annual 2017 revision cycle are now accepting public input through NFPA's online submission system.

To submit public input using the online submission system, select the document from the list of NFPA codes and standards or search for documents available for public input using the search feature. Once on the document information page of a specific document, select "The next edition of this standard is now open for Public Input (formerly proposals)" to begin the process. The system automatically pulls in text and shows any changes. You can submit input or start and save your work before the closing date. Review further instructions on how to use the online submission system

If you have any questions when using the online submission system, feel free to contact us by email.

Some of the Annual 2017 revision cycle documents:

  • NFPA 3, Recommended Practice for Commissioning of Fire Protection and Life Safety Systems
  • NFPA 4, Standard for Integrated Fire Protection and Life Safety System Testing
  • NFPA 30, Flammable and Combustible Liquids Code
  • NFPA 54, National Fuel Gas Code
  • NFPA 99, Health Care Facilities Code
  • NFPA 101, Life Safety Code®
  • NFPA 301, Code for Safety to Life from Fire on Merchant Vessels
  • NFPA 402, Guide for Aircraft Rescue and Fire-Fighting Operations
  • NFPA 484, Standard for Combustible Metals
  • NFPA 720, Standard for the Installation of Carbon Monoxide(CO) Detection and Warning Equipment
  • NFPA 1500, Standard on Fire Department Occupational Safety and Health Program
  • NFPA 1801, Standard on Thermal Imagers for the Fire Service
  • NFPA 1936, Standard on Powered Rescue Tools
  • NFPA 5000, Building Construction and Safety Code®

The closing date for online submissions of public input for Annual 2017 documents is July 6, 2015.

Public input is a suggested revision to a proposed new or existing NFPA Standard submitted during the Input stage in accordance with Section 4.3 of the Regulations Governing the Development of NFPA Standards.

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