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Stay up to code with NFPA 25, NFPA 13, and NFPA 101/NFPA 80 with the latest hands-on training


As your partner in electrical, fire and life safety training, NFPA has listened to the many requests and the feedback you, our customers, have provided. To that end we’re pleased to tell you there are a handful of new opportunities on the horizon we believe will be invaluable to you and the work you do in the field.


What has your feedback told us? For one, you wanted additional dates for our ever popular and often sold out 3-day hands-on training program on NFPA 25, Inspection Testing and Maintenance of Water Based Fire Protection Systems. Second, you told us how important it was to attend the Automatic Sprinkler Plans Review class and the NFPA 101/NFPA 80 Fire Door Inspection Class. Both of these programs began as pilot programs in 2016 and were met with such resounding success we’ve added them to our 2017 schedule!


Starting on January 30, all three of these classes will be held in Cranston, RI and are being taught by the very best NFPA experts in the field. Take a moment to review the descriptions below and the dates, then go ahead and click on the appropriate link to register.


Class #1

NFPA 25: 3-Day Hands-on Inspection Testing and Maintenance of Water Based Fire Protection Systems Training


From January 30 – February 1, participants will engage in classroom learning and hands-on training in a lab setting with NFPA's Matt Klaus or other approved instructors. As a student, you’ll be able to review the 2017 edition of NFPA 25, chapter by chapter, and apply what you’ve learned on actual equipment. At the end of the class you’ll understand the scope of NFPA 25 inspections, define the frequency in which to conduct inspection, testing and maintenance activities, create an action schedule, and much more.


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Class # 2

NFPA 13: Automatic Sprinkler Systems Plans Review 1-Day Classroom Training


Hosted by an NFPA expert with extensive experience in sprinkler system design and plans review, this one-day course on February 2 is based on the 2016 NFPA 13: Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems, which covers submittal requirements including regulatory rules, blueprint reading skills and sprinkler specifications. You'll return to work with a proven multi-step process for reviewing sprinkler system plans and hydraulic calculations that can help you save time and work competently to avoid costly, potentially dangerous errors and omissions.


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Class # 3

NFPA 101 and NFPA 80: Fire Door Inspection for Health Care Facilities 1-Day Classroom Training


The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) adoption of the 2012 edition of NFPA 101: Life Safety Code requires that health care facility operators conduct a yearly inspection of fire door assemblies in accordance with NFPA 80: Standard for Fire Doors and Other Opening Protectives. This new one-day training course on February 3 will help ensure your facility is prepared for CMS audits by giving you the tools and information you need to know how -- and when -- to comply with NFPA 80 rules.

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 NFPA’s global network of intelligence works hard to constantly stay up-to-date on important changes in materials, technologies and construction, and as world populations grow. As the developers of new and updated fire and life safety codes, our experts are uniquely qualified to understand your challenges and provide the training and services you specifically need to do your job right from analysis and engineering to inspection, enforcement and beyond. Find out how NFPA’s training can benefit you and the work you do every day.

The Jan/Feb 2017 NFPA Journal edition features an article discussing the fire hazards present in hyperbaric chambers, especially those used in non-clinical applications. The article was written by Stephanie Schorow and features members and staff of the Technical Committee on Hyperbaric and Hypobaric Facilities. It describes that Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is approved by the FDA for 14 specific uses, including treatment for carbon monoxide poisoning, thermal burn injuries, and crush injuries. However, HBOT is becoming increasingly popular for treating conditions outside of this approved list: AIDS/HIV, Alzheimer's disease, cancer, depression, migraines, Parkinson's disease, and more. This therapy has also gained popularity from celebrities and famous athletes, and while some of these chambers are being used in clinical settings, many are not.


More often than not, these freestanding, non-affiliated, or privately owned hyperbaric chambers are not manufactured, installed, housed, operated, nor maintained in accordance with NFPA 99 Health Care Facilities Code, and this greatly increases the risk of fire and explosion. It is a goal of the Technical Committee and this article to make fire marshals and AHJs aware of this propagation of HBOT and the risk caused by hyperbaric chambers that do not comply with NFPA 99. The Journal article even provides a list of ten tips for AHJs to teach them more about the specific hazards regarding these chambers and how to find them in their jurisdiction. Something as simple as an increased awareness can help reduce risk, injuries, and deaths associated with non-compliant hyperbaric chambers, so pass along the article to your local AHJ!

7017SB.pngNFPA has issued the following errata on NFPA 70, National Electrical Code®:

  • NFPA 70, Errata 70-17-3, referencing 210.12, 424.99(B), 690.15, Table 725.154 and Table 760.154 of the 2017 edition, issued 1/11/2017

An errata is a correction issued to an NFPA Standard, published in NFPA News, Codes Online, and included in any further distribution of the document.

NFPA 13NFPA has issued the following errata on NFPA 13Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler System:

  • NFPA 13, Errata 13-16-2, referencing Figure, Figure,, Table 21.3.3, and Equation A. of the 2016 edition, issued on January 3, 2017 

An errata is a correction issued to an NFPA Standard, published in NFPA News, Codes Online, and included in any further distribution of the document.

The January 2017 issue of NFPA News, our free monthly codes and standards newsletter, is now available.


NFPA_news.jpgIn this issue:

  • Comments sought on new project on Electrical Inspections and Electrical Plans Review
  • Reorganization of Panels for NFPA 70, National Electrical Code
  • Comments sought on proposed TIA to NFPA 70
  • Errata issued on NFPA 13 and NFPA 70
  • Standards Council minutes and decision issued
  • News in Brief
  • Committees soliciting public input
  • Committees seeking members
  • Committee meetings calendar


Subscribe today! NFPA News is a free newsletter, and includes special announcements, notification of public input and comment closing dates, requests for comments, notices on the availability of Standards Council minutes, and other important news about NFPA’s standards development process.

We are now accepting applications for the 2017 James M. Shannon Advocacy Medal to recognize outstanding advocacy efforts that further NFPA’s mission of helping to save lives and reduce loss with information, knowledge and passion.


The James M. Shannon Advocacy Medal honors an individual or group that shares the values of former NFPA President Jim Shannon. Candidates will be involved in advocacy efforts that advance NFPA’s mission, take into account cost-effectiveness, and involve collaboration with NFPA and other organizations.


This award is a statement of our gratitude for the important work people are doing to help us achieve our mission. These people are instrumental in our ability to work toward the elimination of loss due to fire, electrical and other related hazards.


Nominations are open to members of the fire service or any other person or group whose advocacy efforts meet the above criteria. The award recipient will be honored at the NFPA Conference & Expo in Boston, Mass. in June 2017. NFPA will cover the recipient’s travel and lodging.


Nominee applications, which are available for download on the NFPA website, are due February 15, 2017 and can be sent to

Equitable Life Insurance Building, NY - 1912

Equitable Building, NY (Courtesy of the New York Public Library Digital Collections)


Six people lost their lives during a fire that occurred at the building of the Equitable Life Assurance Society on January 9, 1912. That week would turn out to be one of the coldest on record for the year. When the fire started, the wind was coming from the west with an average speed of 37 miles per hour. As the efforts to fight the fire continued and the day progressed, wind velocity rose at times to 65-68 mph. Temperatures declined rapidly resulting in freezing conditions below 20 degrees Fahrenheit. 


From Report on Fire in the Equitable Building: Broadway, Pine, Nassau and Cedar Streets, New York City (New York: New York Board of Fire Underwriters, 1912)


"Although the Fire department is entitled to the credit of having done all that could be expected with facilities available, it is apparent that the fire, at least above the 5th floor, burned unrestrained throughout the entire area of the main building. The high pressure service being too remote to be promptly available, it is difficult to figure how such a fire, if started again under similar circumstances, could be fought with any greater effectiveness by the Fire Department when the conditions of unprotected floor openings, combustible material, excessive and undivided floor areas, high wind, freezing weather, small standpipes in buildings across streets and the relative inefficiency of portable steam engines in comparison with the high pressure service are taken into consideration."


For more information regarding this or other historic fires, please feel free to reach out to the NFPA Library. The NFPA Archives houses all of NFPA's publications, both current and historic. Library staff are available to answer reference questions from members and the general public.

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