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The March/June issue of NFPA Journal features a preview of the 2017 NFPA Conference & Expo. The educational component of this year’s conference has been reimagined and strengthened with sessions on topics such as:

 

  • The Marijuana Industry- A Chronic Problem
  • Firefighter Health - Reducing Cancer in Firefighters
  • Drones - Unmanned Aerial Systems 
  • Emerging Technology - Energy Storage Systems

 

In addition to new topics, several meaningful tweaks have been made in 2017 NFPA Conference & Expo including these four big changes...READ THE COMPLETE ARTICLE HERE.

 

For more information on the event go to: nfpa.org/conference

NFPA's 2017 Conference & Expo features presentations informed by research and practice and reflect thought leadership in the field. Sessions address new areas this year such as: effective and efficient enforcement, building electrical safety programs, the Internet of Things (IoT), first responder occupational exposure and safety, code application in health care settings and energy management and storage. 

 

The Conference sessions, descriptions and speakers are now available on the NFPA Conference & Expo website. Search by key word, date, track, or speaker. Go to nfpa.org/conferenceeducation to put together your personal schedule.

 

The 2017 NFPA Conference & Expo is scheduled for June 4-7, 2017 at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. This year the event runs Sunday to Wednesday. Early-bird pricing is available until March 31, 2017. Register now!

 

The role of fire inspector isn’t limited to fire inspectors – it’s often just one part of an individual’s job as a fire chief, fire marshal, fire fighter, loss control manager, or safety manager. The NFPA Certified Fire Inspector-I Training is designed to help anyone get up to speed on how to meet the requirements of NFPA 1031: Standard for Professional Qualifications for Fire Inspector and Plan Examiner.

 

I had the opportunity to meet some of the attendees in Anaheim last December and not only were they from all over the country (CA, OR, AZ, GA, NY, TX, NC, SC) their jobs were extremely diverse. They were representative of: an international hotel chain, a major film studio, a product manufacturer, fuel supplier, insurance agencies, medical providers, as well as state and local fire service and health departments.

 

 

The February 6-9 class at the Embassy Suites New Orleans – Convention Center marks the second year of the 4-day Certified Fire Inspector-I Training. The instructor, Pete Cutrer says the course is designed to focus on practical training applicable to your day-to-day activities. Pete knows why ‘practical training’ is so important--he comes from the public fire service with a background in Fire Protection and Suppression. He is a Certified Fire Protection Specialist (CFPS®) with a focus on Code Compliance and Fire Inspection. He is also an IAAI Certified Fire Investigator, is certified as a NFPA CFI-II, and a Certified Fire Plan Examiner (CFPE).

 

The CFI-I course is an intensive, instructor-led, 4-day training. It's ProBoard® accredited and designed to be fun, fast- paced and interactive. You’ll learn the basic principles of Fire and Life Safety, and how to meet the requirements of NFPA 1031: Standard for Professional Qualifications for Fire Inspector and Plan Examiner. It covers the complete use of the Life Safety Code® as well as the key provisions from the other code books (NFPA 1, NFPA 13, NFPA 25, NFPA 72®, and NFPA 101®). You are in the books and participating in exercises that help you come away with an in-depth understanding of how codes work and how to use them.

 

This past year we saw lots of change especially with the CMS adoption of the 2012 Life Safety Code. If you’re in the health care industry struggling with the new code updates and trying to determine what’s applicable to your facility--take another look at this training. Not only does it show you how to enforce LSC provisions using the 2012 Code, it shows you the basic requirements for fire protection systems in your facility as well. Some of the other topics you’ll learn about include:

• Storage and handling of hazardous materials
• The reviewing, testing, and acceptance of water-and chemical-based fire protection systems
• Fire alarms
• Legal aspects of being an AHJ
• Many other topics related to being a Fire Inspector

 

For more information on the course click here.

 

For recognition of your professional training, take the open-book, multiple choice, exam on the fifth day. The deadline to submit your application for the February 10, 2017 exam is January 19, 2017. For more information on submitting your application, click here and scroll to Fire Inspector I Materials. For more information or questions, please contact Laurie Solomon +1 617 984-7432. nfpa.org/cfi

It's a new year and now's the time to plan ahead. Check out the 2017 NFPA Training Schedule - now available at nfpa.org/eventscalendar and as a PDF. NFPA instructors will be teaching more than 150 courses this year at 24+ locations. Additional online training is available 24/7 at your convenience. 

 

 

Upcoming training programs include: 

Jan. 18 12:30 - 1:30 pm ET

Free Webinar - Fourth Needs Assessment of the U.S. Fire Service

 

Jan. 30-Feb. 3 Cranston, RI

Hands-on 3-Day Training - NFPA 25: Inspection Testing and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems (2017)

Automatic Sprinkler Systems (2016) Plans Review 1-Day Classroom Training

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

 

Plus, keep an eye out for additional programs on emergency preparedness and NFPA 70E. Dates and locations are subject to change.

This is the ideal time to get your application in for the CFI-I exam this spring. Here's exactly what you need to know to get started.

 

  1. The NFPA Certified Fire Inspector I (CFI-I) certification program was created in response to repeated requests by local entities, state agencies, and national organizations for certification programs founded on the NFPA 1031, Standard for Professional Qualifications for Fire Inspector and Plan Examiner. When you pass the exam you gain recognition as an expert by your colleagues and you  earn an NFPA / Pro Board CFI-I certificate, wallet card and lapel pin that further highlights your accomplishment.

  2. The exam is 4-hours, 110 multiple choice questions. Download the Candidate Handbook (PDF) for more information.

  3. You can take the written exam at a dedicated location or select a computer-based exam.  The examination is available on demand in a computer-based format at test centers around the world. Upon receipt of the application and test fee, the applicant will receive their authorization letter with instructions on how to schedule the computer-based exam. A list of computer-based test centers is located at isoqualitytesting.com

  4. The application must be received 4 weeks prior to the exam date. The spring exam schedule for the Certified Fire Inspector I exam includes: 

                   February 10, 2017 in New Orleans, LA - application due January 12, 2017
                   
    March 24, 2017 in Las Vegas, NV - application due February 23, 2017
                   
    April 14, 2017 in Atlanta, GA - application due March 16, 2017

                   May 12, 2017 at NFPA Headquarters in Quincy, MA - application due April 13, 2017


  5. It's an open-book test. The latest version of the CFI-I exam is based on the 2014 NFPA 1031, Professional Qualifications for Fire Inspector and Plan Examiner. It is the candidate’s responsibility to obtain materials needed for study purposes and to have present during the examination. The following list contains the resources to be used in preparing for and taking the examination. All items in the examination are compatible with both code sets. Please verify with your jurisdiction or certification partnership agency for the proper set.

    2009 NFPA Code Set
    •NFPA 1, Fire Code - 2009 Ed.
    •NFPA 13, Installation of Sprinkler Systems - 2007 Ed.
    •NFPA 25, Standard for the ITM of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems - 2008 Ed.
    •NFPA 72, National Fire Alarm Code® - 2007 Ed.
    •NFPA 101®, Life Safety Code® - 2009 Ed.     

     

    2012 NFPA Code Set
    •NFPA 1, Fire Code - 2012 Ed.
    •NFPA 13, Installation of Sprinkler Systems - 2010 Ed.
    •NFPA 25, Standard for the ITM of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems - 2011 Ed.
    •NFPA 72, National Fire Alarm Code® - 2010 Ed.
    •NFPA 101®, Life Safety Code® - 2012 Ed.

  6. The reference set is available at a special price. These NFPA codes and standards have been conveniently packaged into reference sets and are available for people registering for the CFI-1 exam at a special price, only through the NFPA Certification Department. Download the CFI-I Application Form (PDF) (appendix I) to order these references. Please be sure to indicate which set you would like on your order form.

  7. Additional Materials. In addition to the NFPA resources listed above, the NFPA Fire and Life Safety Inspection Manual, 9th Edition (Contact NFPA Customer Service at 800-344-3555 to order), and the IFSTA Fire Inspection and Code Enforcement Manual, 7th Edition (contact IFSTA at 800-654-4055 to order) are excellent resources for study and review. Please keep in mind that their use is not allowed during the examination.

  8. Certifed Fire Inspector -I 4-day Classroom Training is scheduled for the same locations as the exam, during the four days preceding the written exam. While not a test prep training, it does offer practical instruction that will help you quickly locate specific facts within the reference books click here to be notified of 2017 dates.

  9. Pass the exam to receive a Pro Board recognized certification, recognition as an expert by your colleagues, and an NFPA/Pro Board CFI-I certificate, wallet card and lapel pin that further highlights your accomplishment. 

 

Applications to sit for the written CFI-I exam must be processed and approved 4 weeks prior to the exam date. Simply download the Candidate Handbook and the CFI-I Application Form. Please direct questions and applications to cfi@nfpa.org or 617-984-7432 or go to nfpa.org/cfi

Over 4,300 professionals have become a Certified Fire Protection Specialist (CFPS) to date. We understand the importance of this certification to those that earn them, as a CFPS is an internationally recognized credential that demonstrates your commitment to fire protection, and distinguishes you as someone who is willing to invest the time and effort to enhance your career. To that end, we have scheduled our exam dates (CFPS Certification is earned by passing the CFPS exam either online or through a written CFPS exam) through 2017 and want to make candidates aware.  

 

The three-hour open book CFPS exam is comprised of 100 multiple-choice questions as referenced the 20th Edition of the NFPA Fire Protection Handbook.  Upcoming exam dates include:

 

February 8, 2017 in New Orleans, LA

(application due January 11, 2017)

February 22, 2017 in Houston, TX 

(application due January 25, 2017)

March 8, 2017 in Baltimore, MD

(application due February 8, 2017)

March 22, 2017 in Las Vegas, NV 

(application due February 22, 2017)

April 12, 2017 in Atlanta, GA 

(application due March 15, 2017)

April 26, 2017 in Chicago, IL 

(application due March 29, 2017)

See the complete schedule.

 

Applications to sit for the written CFPS exam must be processed and approved 4 weeks prior to the exam date. Simply download the CFPS Handbook, and use the application form provided on pages 24 and 25. Completed applications along with supporting documentation and payment information can be scanned and emailed to cfps@nfpa.org for processing.

 

Certified Fire Protection Specialist Primer 2-day Classroom Training is scheduled for the same locations as the exam. With training you receive the 2-volume NFPA Fire Protection Handbook and earn CEUs. While not a test prep training, it does offer practical instruction that will help you quickly locate specific facts within the 2-volume handbook. Click here to be notified of 2017 CFPS Primer dates.

NFPA Training arrives in the Orlando/Lake Buena Vista area the week of December 12-16, 2016 with a full week of electrical, life safety and fire protection training! For everyone who enjoys visiting the local theme parks, NFPA is pleased to announce that it has partnered with Disney® to offer registered attendees specially priced Disney tickets. Tickets must be purchased in advance of arrival.

 

These tickets are also valid during your pre and post training stays, too. On December 11, 2016, at 9 p.m. this Ticket Store will close, so order your tickets online today! To purchase your tickets over the phone or for more information, please call 407-566-5600. For ticket types, pricing and directions on how to start selecting your Disney Theme Park FastPasses 30 days in advance - Click Here

 

There is still time to register for any of the 9 classes offered during the week of December 12-16, 2016. All classes will be held at the Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista located at 1751 Hotel Plaza Boulevard in Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830.

 

       CFPS®- Certified Fire Protection Specialist Primer

NFPA 13 Installation of Sprinkler Systems (2016)

NFPA 25 Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems (2017)

NFPA 72® National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code (2016) 

NFPA 70® National Electrical Code® (NEC®) (2017) Essentials

NFPA 70E® Electrical Safety in the Workplace (2015)

NFPA 99 Health Care Facilities Code (2012) 

NFPA 101® Life Safety Code® (2015) Essentials 

NFPA 101® Life Safety Code® (2012) Essentials for Health Care Occupancies 

 

NFPA codes and standards training is available through online training, classroom training, hands-on training, workshops,  customized onsite programs, certification programs, educational conferences, and more. nfpa.org/training

This all-new 1-day classroom training helps you understand fire door inspection regulations resulting from CMS adoption of the 2012 edition of NFPA 101®.  Learn how to help ensure fire door compliance in health care facilities. Earn .7 CEUs or 7 hours of continuing education units with this special class provided by NFPA and the Door Security & Safety Foundation (DSSF).

 

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

December 2, 2016 NFPA Headquarters, Quincy, MA

 

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. Help ensure your facility is prepared for CMS audits by knowing how -- and when -- you need to comply with NFPA 80 rules. 

 

Ideal for facility managers and led by two Code experts, this one-day course addresses the door types encountered along the egress paths within a health care facility, the door locking means permitted, the thirteen verification points required for the yearly inspection of swinging fire door assemblies, and the skills required to serve as the Qualified Person who is permitted to perform the inspection and testing in accordance with NFPA 80.

 

This class is special because you'll leave with the knowledge required to help ensure your facility's fire doors are in compliance with the new CMS mandates, and to assist your staff in knowing exactly what CMS surveyors will request during audits.

 

At then end of the day, you should be able to:

  • Judge the adequacy of door type for each common health care occupancy wall opening in accordance with NFPA 101
  • Apply inspection, testing, and maintenance provisions for fire door assemblies in accordance with NFPA 80

 

If you are responsible for NFPA 101, NFPA 80, and CMS compliance (for example: facility managers, building owners, consultants, and contractors) find the time to learn from the NFPA and DSSF experts on December 2, 2016 at NFPA Headquarters in Quincy, MA. Learn more now and register.

NFPA instructor Mark Hilbert will be teaching two electrical classes at NFPA Headquarters the week of November 14. The 3-day NFPA 70®: National Electrical Code® (NEC®) (2017) Essentials is scheduled for Monday through Wednesday and the 2-day NFPA 70E®: Electrical Safety in the Workplace (2015) is scheduled for Thursday through Friday. NFPA Headquarters is located at 1 Batterymarch Park in Quincy, Massachusetts - south of Boston. Classes begin each day at 8:00 am. - registration is available online or calling 1-800-344.3555. Earn end-of-year CEUs and receive the Codebook with each class.

 

NFPA 70®: National Electrical Code® (NEC®) (2017) Essentials 

Fully updated for consistency with the 2017 edition of NFPA 70®: National Electrical Code®, the dynamic NEC Essentials Classroom Training features three days of high-impact instruction that helps you ensure safe and compliant electrical installation and design in your work setting. Advance your ability to locate, interpret, and apply requirements in the ever-evolving NEC.

 

NFPA 70E®: Electrical Safety in the Workplace (2015)

This dynamic, expert-led course uses activities, exercises, videos, job aids, and templates to provide you with the right tools to help set up and follow an electrical safety program, as well as help document safety procedures for compliance with OSHA 1910 Subpart S and OSHA 1926 Subpart K. Whether you're an employer responsible for personnel safety or an employee tasked with identifying and addressing electrical hazards, NFPA 70E training is vital.

 

NFPA codes and standards training is available through online training, classroom training, hands-on training, workshops,  customized onsite programs, certification programs, educational conferences, and more. nfpa.org/training

NFPA instructors will be in Durham, North Carolina from November 14-18 teaching two NFPA classes at the Hilton Garden Inn Raleigh-Durham/Research Triangle Park at 4620 South Miami Blvd. The Hilton Garden Inn is conveniently located off Interstate 40 only a quick five-minute drive from Raleigh Durham International Airport (RDU). It's centrally located just minutes away from Duke University, NCCU, UNC and NC State, USA Baseball complex, Durham Performing Arts Center, Cary Tennis Park and Durham Bulls Stadium. 

 

Registration is open for the following classes:


NFPA 70®: National Electrical Code® (NEC®) (2017) Essentials 

Fully updated for consistency with the 2017 edition of NFPA 70®: National Electrical Code®, the dynamic NEC Essentials Classroom Training features three days of high-impact instruction that helps you ensure safe and compliant electrical installation and design in your work setting. Advance your ability to locate, interpret, and apply requirements in the ever-evolving NEC.

 

NFPA 70E®: Electrical Safety in the Workplace (2015)

This dynamic, expert-led course uses activities, exercises, videos, job aids, and templates to provide you with the right tools to help set up and follow an electrical safety program, as well as help document safety procedures for compliance with OSHA 1910 Subpart S and OSHA 1926 Subpart K. Whether you're an employer responsible for personnel safety or an employee tasked with identifying and addressing electrical hazards, NFPA 70E training is vital.

 

Learn more about NFPA Training. NFPA codes and standards training is available through online training, classroom training, hands-on training, workshops,  customized onsite programs, certification programs, educational conferences, and more. nfpa.org/training

TRAINING FOR LIFE

NFPA 2-Day Hands-on Training for Facilities Managers: Essentials for Life Safety and Fire Protection

 

November 10-11 2016 Cranston, Rhode Island 

November 29-30 2016 Warren, New Jersey (near NYC)

 

 

Learn about the life-saving systems that protect your building's occupants, and see those systems in action though:   

• Classroom instruction led by experts from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA®) 

Special hands-on training and demonstrations of the critical fire protection and life safety equipment in a state-of-the-art training facility

• Guidance on requirements outlined in NFPA 101®: The Life Safety Code, NFPA 72®: National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code, and NFPA 25: Inspection Testing and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems

 

REGISTER NOW
Don't wait — space is limited!
Get the insights and know-how you need to manage vendors, provide answers to AHJs and, ultimately, keep your occupants safe. Ideal for anyone concerned with facility safety and code compliance including: facility maintenance personnel, building owners, engineers, designers, and project managers.

 

Complete details for this 2-day training are available HERE.

Sign up now for the "The Fire Fighter of the Future". This keynote presentation by Casey Grant of the Fire Protection Research Foundation, will be live-streamed from NFPA's Responder Forum. 

 

Monday, November 7, 2016  10:15-11:15 am ET 

 

New technology, including cyber-physical systems, innovative building controls, intuitive fire-fighting equipment, and smart apparatus are revolutionizing emergency response. The Fire Fighter of the Future will address collecting data from global sensors, processing the information centrally and utilizing the results locally. Sign up now.

 

View highlights from last year's presentation - click the play button.

 

 

The Responder Forum brings together representatives from 13 key fire organizations, subject matter experts, industry leaders, and NFPA staff to address emerging issues. Be a part of it remotely and join us for the Keynote Presentation on the Fire Fighter of the Future!

 

Sign up now to hear the Smart Fire Fighting keynote presentation live-streamed from the First Responder Forum on Monday, November 7, 2016 from 10:15-11:15 am ET.

 

The loss of civilian and first responder lives, property and economic stability can be significantly reduced by exploiting new smart fire fighting opportunities. New technology, including cyber-physical systems, innovative building controls, intuitive fire fighting equipment, and smart apparatus are revolutionizing emergency response. Learn more about collecting data from global sensors, processing the information centrally and utilizing the results locally. Smart fire fighting can help save lives and decrease injuries, improve firefighter occupational health and safety, and enhance operational, fire prevention and protection efficiency.

 

This presentation, by Casey Grant of the Fire Protection Research Foundation, will be live-streamed from NFPA’s Responder Forum. The Forum brings together representatives from 13 key fire organizations, subject matter experts, industry leaders, and NFPA staff to address emerging issues. The Fire Fighter of the Future, is a one-hour presentation on smart fire fighting, which will be live-streamed from NFPA's annual think tank on emerging issues in fire service. Watch this video of highlights from the 2015 First Responder Forum.

 

 

Space is limited. Register now to view this presentation on Monday, November 7 from 10:15 -11:15 ET.

Learn a proven process for sprinkler system plans review and hydraulic calcs review in just one day with Automatic Sprinkler Systems Plans Review.

 

Join us in Warren, New Jersey on Friday, December 2, 2016 and earn  .7 CEUs. This unique learning opportunity is located just an hour outside of New York City! Space is limited so save your seat now!

 

Hosted by an NFPA expert with extensive experience in sprinkler system design and plans review, this one-day course based on the 2016 NFPA 13: Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems 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.

 

This class is vital for anyone responsible for reviewing or approving plans, as well as for engineers or designers who need to ensure sprinkler system plans are ready for submission to AHJs. Hands-on exercises solidify new knowledge.

 

Upon completion of this course you should be able to:

  • Identify the regulatory requirements for plans and calculations submittals
  • Review a plan review checklist and basis of design
  • Identify basic symbology and nomenclature for blueprints
  • Recognize the organization of plans and specifications
  • Employ an eight-step process for hydraulic calculations review
  • Employ an eight-step process for sprinkler plans review

 

Learn more about this special training opportunity right outside of NYC! Automatic Sprinkler Plans Review is scheduled for Friday, December 2, 2016 in Warren, New Jersey.

 

NFPA provides training on codes and standards through online training, hands-on training, classroom training, customized onsite programs, certification programs, educational conferences, and more. 

Do your responsibilities involve the inspection, testing, or maintenance of water-based fire protection systems?

 

The 2017 edition of NFPA 25: Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems will soon be available and to help you quickly get a grasp of the information, NFPA is introducing a 1-day classroom training that includes the code book to take home with you. Find out more now. This training will be offered in two locations:

 

  • Thursday, November 10, 2016 in Seattle, Washington
  • Thursday, December 15, 2016 in Orlando, Florida

 

Even the best-designed sprinkler system can fail if it's not properly maintained. Gain a fundamental understanding of how the new edition of NFPA 25: Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems works to ensure systems are ready for action.

 

This new, 1-day NFPA training uses collaborative discussion and job-based activities to explain inspection and testing rules for sprinkler system components, signs of corrosion, managing impairments, the owner's responsibilities for compliance, and ITM task frequencies.Upon completion you should be able to:

 

  • Explain the scope and purpose of NFPA 25, and its interaction with related standards
  • Explain the process for managing system impairments
  • Identify key inspection points including sprinklers, piping, hangers, fire pumps, and valves
  • Identify the roles and responsibilities of various stakeholders including the owner, facility manager, service provider, insurance representative, and AHJ

 

Register now.

 

Learn more about NFPA Training. Our codes and standards classroom training is offered in 20+ U.S. cities each year. We also offer online training, hands-on training, customized onsite programs, certification programs, educational conferences, and more. 

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