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PurchaseNow.gif Fire & Life Safety Code Changes by CMS for Healthcare 
Sponsored by Siemens
Presented by William Koffel, P.E, FSFPE, Koffel Associates and Esteban Cota, Siemens

Effective July 5, 2016, the 2012 Edition of NFPA 101 and the 2010 Edition of NFPA 72 will apply to all health care facilities participation in Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement programs. What impact will the new standards have on facilities that were previously required to comply with the 2000 Edition of NFPA 101 (and the 1999 Edition of NFPA 72)? The webinar will focus on the fire alarm system requirements, and related inspection, testing, and maintenance requirements for health care facilities. In addition, the webinar will present an analysis prepared by the American Society of Healthcare Engineers (ASHE) regarding findings cited by the Joint Commission and identify ways in which fire alarm contractors can partner with their health care clients to address those findings. Recorded September 2016

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Understanding Wireless Fire Alarm Systems
Sponsored by AFAA
Presented by Scott Barrett of CWSI a Tyco Fire Products Company and Andrew Berezowski of Honeywell Security and Fire.
 

Join us for this informative webinar on wireless fire alarm systems. You will learn about common applications, codes, standards and listing requirements as well as information regarding common misconceptions about wireless fire alarm systems. Recorded June 2016.

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PurchaseNow.gif Significant Changes to NFPA 72-2016
Sponsored by AFAA
Presented by the AFAA Codes & Standards Committee co-chairs, Rodger Reiswig, SET, TycoSimplexGrinnell and Shane M. Clary, PhD, Bay Alarm Company.

Join us for this informative webinar on the changes to the 2016 NFPA 72, National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code. This code is constantly evolving. Stay up to date with the latest changes. Recorded April 2016.

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PurchaseNow.gif Interfacing Elevator Controls with Fire Alarm and Sprinkler Systems 
Presented by Sagiv Weiss-Ishai, P.E.  
This webinar is sponsored by Tyco SimplexGrinnell, Bay Alarm Co. and Carmel Fire Protection Associates 

Various types of elevators are found in both low and high-rise buildings. Among these elevators are Hydraulic and Traction (Electric) Elevators with driving machines installed in dedicated spaces referred to as "Elevator Machine Rooms" while Machine-Room-Less (MRL) elevators have their hoisting machines installed directly inside the elevator hoistway. This presentation will clarify specific NFPA 72 (National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code) and NFPA 13 (Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems) requirements associated with these elevators, both in buildings provided with "Building Fire Alarm Systems" and those without. Specific NFPA 72, NFPA 13 and ASME A17.1 code terms, such as Fire Emergency Operation (FEO), Dedicated Function FA System for Elevator Recall and Supervisory, Phase-I Emergency Recall Operation, Phase-II In-Car Emergency Operation, Designated and Alternate Recall levels and Shunt-Trip Function will be discussed and clarified. Recorded March 2016

2013 Editions of NFPA-72, NFPA-13 and ASME A17.1 will be presented. New 2016 Editions of NFPA-72 and NFPA-13 code changes will be discussed. 


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PurchaseNow.gifFire Alarm & CO Changes in the 2015 IBC/IFC
Sponsored by TYCO SimplexGrinnell
Presented by Tom Hammerberg, SET, CFPS

We discuss the significant changes made to the fire alarm and carbon monoxide requirements in the 2015 edition of the International Building and Fire Codes. 

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PurchaseNow.gifHow Innovative Technologies are Aiding Compliance & Liability Reduction
Sponsored by Building Reports

Since the late 90’s, mobile computer and cloud-based technologies have evolved significantly. The advancements in hardware have opened the door for software developers to advance processes and tools for various industries, including Fire and Life Safety. Join BuildingReports’ Chief Technology Officer, Jason Kronz, and Vice President, Dwight Wills, as they discuss the evolution of the industry, what lies ahead, and how the changing landscape is breaking down barriers between 3rd Party Service Companies, Facility Management and Authorities Having Jurisdiction. Attendees will walk away with an understanding of: 

* Specifically how mobile inspection technology increases compliance reporting accuracy and verifiability. 
* How stakeholders are leveraging technology to reduce costs while increasing efficiency, and AHJs in particular can offset reductions in budget and staffing. 
* What you need to know to develop and implement your own adoption and go-to-market strategy. 

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PurchaseNow.gifDocumentation Requirements of NFPA 72-2013
Sponsored by AFAA
Presented by Tom Hammerberg, SET, CFPS


The only new chapter added in the 2013 edition of NFPA 72 is Chapter 7 on Documentation. In addition to relocating existing documentation requirements from other chapters, new information has been added that will have an impact on future jobs. 

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PurchaseNow.gifCondensed Aerosol Fire Suppression and NFPA 2010
Sponsored by Hochiki America Corporation
Presented by Bill Denney

This webinar is designed to explain how condensed aerosol extinguishing products operate.   
It will further consider how NFPA 2010 – “Standard for Fixed Aerosol Fire-Extinguishing Systems” – applies to the design, installation and maintenance of condensed aerosol fire extinguishing systems.


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PurchaseNow.gif Anatomy of a Large-Scale Emergency Communication System Implementation

Presented by  – Larry Rietz, Hughes Associates 


Sponsored by Innovative Electronic Designs (IED) and Tyco SimplexGrinnell

Denver International Airport (DIA) is the fifth-busiest airport in the United States and the thirteenth busiest airport in the world. It is the largest airport site in North America and the second largest in the world with a property of 53 square miles. While opened in February 1995, design began in the late 1980's and DIA's fire alarm system was designed and installed based on the 1990 National Fire Alarm Code. Faced with the need to replace the existing fire alarm system, DIA management determined to update their notification system in accordance with the 2010 National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code, including Chapter 24 for Emergency Communication Systems. Utilizing a number of existing systems at DIA, an integrated Emergency Communication System has been implemented to coordinate audible announcements with video displays for the hearing impaired throughout the Complex. This new system allows for coordinated messages for both fire and non-fire events. This presentation will address the requirements of NFPA 72 Chapter 24, the steps necessary to integrate the existing systems into a coordinated ECS, challenges to system implementation, technological options, and general system functionality. 

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PurchaseNow.gifCircuits and Pathways - Planning, Designing and Installing for Failure or for Success?
Presented by Robert P. Schifiliti, P.E., FSPFE, R.P. Schifiliti Associates
Sponsored by SimplexGrinnell

Don't wait for a lawsuit to teach you how to best plan, design and install fire alarm pathways to meet safety goals. One of the first lessons learned when someone starts out in the fire alarm industry is the difference between Initiating Device Circuits (IDC), Notification Appliance Circuits (NAC) and Signaling Line Circuits (SLC). But most designers, installers, inspectors and even fire investigators do not understand the various failure modes and effects that might impact these circuits and the overall fire safety mission. This webinar focuses on wired circuits, or as NFPA now states, wired pathways. After a quick review of the different pathway types and classes, we'll look at some of the different failure modes and effects and show how proper planning, design and installation can minimize the likelihood of failure. We'll also look at some new requirements added the NFPA 72 to minimize some of these failure modes and a few requirements that have existed in the Code for quite awhile, but that are not well understood, and often not complied with by designers and installers. Fire investigators are finding more and more failures caused by poor planning in the selection and installation of pathways - particularly signaling line circuits. Attend this webinar to learn what you need to know to do your job right! 

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PurchaseNow.gifFire Alarm Wiring Requirements Made Easy‚Äč
Presented by Merton Bunker, P.E., Merton Bunker & Associates
Sponsored by NEMA
Fire alarm wiring requirements can be a challenge for the best designer or installer.  This webinar will focus on the wiring methods, materials, and code requirements for fire alarm system wiring.  Upon completion of this webinar, attendees will be able to locate and apply key requirements in Article 760 of the National Electrical Code, 2014 edition.  This webinar will also review key changes to Article 760 in the 2014 edition of the NEC.

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CO Detection: Legislation and Code Updates 
Presented By: Richard Roberts, Industry Affairs Manager, Honeywell Life Safety
Sponsored By: SDi Fire.

You are invited to attend a webinar on carbon monoxide (CO) detection sponsored by SDi Fire. CO, often referred to as “The Silent Killer”, claims hundreds of lives and sickens thousands of individuals each year. Legislation, codes and standards continue to evolve at both the local and state level in an effort to reduce these non-fire related CO deaths and injuries. In this educational session, we'll provide an update on the 2011 state legislative/regulation changes.??We'll also review the new CO detection requirements in the 2012 edition of the I-codes and the 2012 edition of NFPA 101, and also recap the key changes to the 2012 edition NFPA 720. Several aspects of “Systems Approach to CO Detection” will be discussed as well.

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PurchaseNow.gif"The Latest in Code Changes for the Fire Alarm Industry" - National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code 2013
Presented By: Raymond Reilly, NICET III, Regional Manager, Silent Knight
Sponsored By: Silent Knight

 

Join us for an in-depth look at the continuing evolution of the National Fire alarm and Signaling Code as it pertains to integrating emergency communications and life safety fire protection.

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PurchaseNow.gif Advances in Video Image Detection in Fire and Life Safety 

Presented By: Rick Jeffress, CET, CFPS - Sales Manager – Americas, Fike Video Image Detection
Sponsored By: Fike 

Fike will present advances in the use of Video Image Detection (VID) technology, code compliance, UL/ULC/FM/CE approval status, common applicaitons as well as design and estimating considerations in fire and life safety. Real world examples will demonstrate VID's capabilities through software detection/exclusion zones and alarm verification settings, combined with discreet algorithm sensitivities, to provide limitless configuration options and customized systems for specific hazards. With special focus on open environments, participants will learn how VID eliminates stratification issues related to smoke detection in high ceiling applications. Attendees will also learn about the latest developments in server-based, high resolution VID and how it is integrating with security video management systems, remote monitoring and testing, and the use of video verification of fire calls before the fire department response.

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 High Intelligibility and LED Efficiency - Understanding the Newest Notification Appliance Technology and Standards

Presented By: Ted Milburn - Vice President of Marketing Cooper Notification
Sponsored By: 
Cooper Notification

Learn the latest in NFPA and UL intelligibility and reliability requirements for Voice Evacuation and Emergency Communications as well the efficiency of LED technology for life safety applications.


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Monitored Fire Extinguishers Within New Construction:  Logical & Better Life Safety 

 

Presented by: John McSheffrey – President of en-Gauge
Sponsored by: 
en-Gauge

Proven & effective when working and accessible, the fire extinguisher is the only component of occupancy’s fire safety program that requires human interaction.  In commercial occupancies, the crucial components of a building’s fire suppression & detection are required to be monitored continually for activation: Sprinkler systems, Smoke Detection, Heat Detection & Engineered Suppression systems;   the fire extinguisher is the only component not presently required to be monitored for activation.  This is changing.

In 2011, the state of New Hampshire became the first state to mandate monitored fire extinguishers within most newly constructed occupancies.  The webinar will look at the positive impact an operable fire extinguisher may have on a fire, the tragic consequences of extinguishers being inoperable at a time of need, the technology to electronically monitor fire extinguishers, the evolution of the fire code to recognize the technology, a closer look at the New Hampshire process and how a larger step will impact end users, AHJs and distributors.

Fire code development is based on data; factual data that highlights not only a problem but points to a solution that benefits all.  The code effort is not a matter of whether extinguishers should be provided. That’s already determined by the code, the issue is how to best ensure reliability and given that the fire extinguisher is the only component of a building's fire safety program that requires human interaction and that there’s cost effective technology available; mandating monitored fire extinguishers is simple common sense.
 

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Video Image Fire Detection 
Presented by: Rick Jeffress CET, CFPS, Sales Manager, Fike Video Image Detection
Sponsored by: Fike

Video Image Fire Detection is an exciting, approved technology for early detection of flame and smoke that has been most successful in applications where other detectors are challenged by hazard layout or environment. Topics include technology involved in video image detection (VID), system layout and code requirements for design, current approvals and common applications where VID technology is being applied. Specific features of advanced systems allowing video recording and post-fire investigation, integration with video security systems, software alarm verification, detect and masking zones allowing limitless system configurations to customize detection for specific hazards will also be presented.

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“Testing & Verification of ASD Products In Different Environments” 
Presented by: Josh Dinaburg, Hughes Associates, Inc. 
Sponsored by: Xtralis

Several models of aspirating smoke detectors (ASD) have been comparatively evaluated for alarm sensitivity in various operating environments.  Tests have been conducted evaluating sensitivity in very early warning applications and moderate to highly contaminated environments.  Accelerated life cycle testing in high contamination atmospheres was also conducted.  Testing monitored the impacts on detector sensitivity resulting from both hardware contamination and software response, including both drift compensation and alarm threshold adjustment software.  Sensitivity test results for various models of ASD will be presented and discussed as part of this webinar.

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The Future of Fire Detection Technology

Presented by: Todd Alford & Scott Lang of System Sensor
Sponsored by: System Sensor

In this webinar, System Sensor will discuss current trends in fire detection and how codes, research, and new technologies are shaping its future. It will provide an overview of current technologies, including ionization, photoelectric, and multi-criteria detection, and how each are suited for different fires and nuisances. It will then describe how the future landscape of fire detection might appear with the incorporation and development of new technologies and standards. This webinar will be beneficial for specifying engineers, architects, approval authorities, system designers, and installers.



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Smoke Detection for Challenging Environments
Presented by: Claudio Groppetti, VP Business Development & Steve McGee, Americas Business Development Manager 
Xtralis
Sponsored byXtralis

This webinar will discuss:

  • The deployment of smoke detection solutions in harsh and challenging environments.
  • Provide an overview of environmental challenges, such as large open spaces, that complicate and sometimes prevent successful smoke detection
  • Present an overview and assessment of available technologies
  • Review the relationship between sensitivity and false alarms
  • Illustrate the effects of environmental factors on detector performance and longevity
  • Examine case studies of smoke detection systems deployed in problematic application
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PurchaseNow.gifThird-Party Reporting; Streamlining the Inspection Process for Service Providers, AHJ's and Commercial Property Owners 
Presented by: Jill Cotton, InspectionReportsOnline.Net (IROL)
Sponsored by: 
InspectionReportsOnline.Net (IROL)

The presentation will include a look at the Third-Party Concept and it's Cloud Computing platform with specific details on how it's assisting Service Providers, AHJs, and their Commercial Property Owners in increasing communications and code compliance from one central location. 


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PurchaseNow.gifUnderstanding Emergency Communication Systems, Risk Analysis and Voice Intelligibility?
Presented by: Jack Poole, Principal,
Poole Fire Protection?
Sponsored by: 
Poole Fire Protection?

As a result of tragic and emergency events over the last decade, the demand for Mass Notification Systems (MNS) has grown. Government agencies, major corporations and institutional organizations are attempting to determine how to provide real-time emergency communication instructions to their employees, visitors and other occupants within their facilities/complex. The National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code (NFASC), NFPA 72, has recently been expanded to include guidance for Emergency Communications Systems (ECS), which may be a basis for a more extensive Mass Notification System.  Through the attendance of this webinar, Mr. Poole  will help the participants have a better understanding of both in-building and wide-area ECS, what drives an ECS to be installed, how to perform a Risk Analysis and the importance of voice intelligibility.


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PurchaseNow.gif The Evolution of Commercial Wireless Fire Alarm Systems
Presented by: 
Scott Barrett, Commercial Wireless Systems International (CWSI)
Sponsored by:  Commercial Wireless Systems International (CWSI)

The presentation will include history, applicable codes and standards as they pertain to wireless systems, agency listings and approvals, differing technologies and protocols, system specifications, application and design examples, comparisons of wireless systems to conventional systems, and where future platforms of wireless technologies may venture.

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PurchaseNow.gif Interfacing Fire Alarm, Sprinkler and Elevator Systems 
Presented by Bruce Fraser, Fraser Fire Protection Services, member of NFPA 72 and a17.1/B44 Technical Committees 
Sponsored by: SimplexGrinnell

The presentation revolves around the main topics of elevator recall and main line power disconnect (affectionately known as “shunt trip”).  Discussion combines historical background information, misconceptions, current and related codes and standards, design objectives and applications along with today’s trends and movement to use elevators for occupant evacuation in fire and other emergencies.  Perspectives are viewed from the engineering, firefighting, general public, and the elevator and fire alarm communities with particular emphasis on sprinkler system interface impact.

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 An Update and Comparison of the Fire Alarm Requirements in the 2012 Editions of the IBC and NFPA 101
Presented by: Bill Koffel, President Koffel Associates, Inc.

This webinar will highlight the changes that have occurred in the fire alarm system requirements between the 2009 Editions of the IBC and NFPA 101 and the 2012 Editions of the same documents.  In an attempt to avoid problems when both codes apply, the differences between the requirements in the two codes will be identified. 

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PurchaseNow.gif NFPA 3 - Recommended Practice on Commissioning and Integrated Testing of Fire Protection and Life Safety Systems
Presented by: Shane M. Clary, Ph.D, Bay Alarm Company & David R. Hague, P.E., CFPS, CET, Liberty Mutual
Sponsored by: SDi Fire

This new NFPA document is sure to have a significant impact on fire protection systems in the future. Learn what it is all about and how it affects you. Our two presenters, both members of the Technical Committee, will provide insight from the insurance company and the installer point of view. Not to be missed!


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 "Fire Alarm System Testing and Inspection”
Presented by Merton Bunker.
Sponsored by: SDi Fire

Inspection, testing and maintenance (ITM) of fire alarm systems is an overlooked aspect of fire protection system maintenance. This webinar will provide attendees with a review of code requirements for the inspection, testing, and maintenance of fire alarm systems. This webinar will explore the general requirements for inspection, testing, and maintenance. This session will also review the methods and frequency of inspections and tests of fire alarm systems and their components. Attendees will explore the requirements found in Chapter 14 of NFPA 72, National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code.

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How to Properly Use a Digital Multimeter When Testing and Troubleshooting Fire Alarm Systems. 
Presented by Frank Rothauser.

The Digital Multimeter- Proper use and understanding of the "Technicians Best Friend" - in fire alarm trouble shooting, test and inspection, and installation. This class is recommended as a prerequisite to future ohms law and field troubleshooting webinars. Please have each student bring their DMM to this session.

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 "Jump Into Fire"
Presented by Mike Baker, Training Director, AFAA

"Jump Into Fire!" was developed in response to requests to provide more information regarding selling fire alarm services and other related opportunities. The seminar reviews codes and standards, fire alarm system fundamentals, how to define your market segments, selling testing & inspection, plus other related sales opportunities. This webinar will be A 90-minute webinar version of this 1-day classroom seminar. The inaugural presentation of the classroom version will be in Phoenix, AZ on July 13, 2011.

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PurchaseNow.gif "History and Value of Smoke Detection"
Presented by Dan Finnegan, Siemens

For 70 years, early warning smoke detection has been involved in saving lives. The “History of Smoke Detection-A Story of Saving Lives “will provide an overview of the many evolutionary steps that took place to get us where we are at today with smoke detection. Audiences that have experienced this presentation have a new impression of the “value of smoke detection”. This is an excellent experience for those new members in the fire detection and life safety industry, as well as the seasoned veterans.



PurchaseNow.gif Changes to the Fire Alarm Requirements of the 2009 International Building Code
Presented by Tom Hammerberg, AFAA President/Executive Director

Has your jurisdiction recently adopted the 2009 International Building Code? If so, you will want to be aware of the changes to the fire alarm requirements. AFAA was actively involved in re-writing Section 907 (Fire Alarms) for this edition. This informative webinar will review and explain the changes.

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PurchaseNow.gif  "Understanding NEC Fire Alarm Wiring Requirements"
Fire alarm wiring requirements can be a challenge for the best designer or installer.  This webinar will focus on the wiring methods, materials, and code requirements for fire alarm systems.  Upon completion of this webinar, attendees will be able to locate and apply key requirements in Article 760 of the National Electrical Code.  Based on National Electrical Code, 2008 edition.  Presented by Merton Bunker, PE.


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PurchaseNow.gif  "The Demise of the Dialer"
Today's communication technology is changing rapidly. With proposed changes to telephone service, DACTS will soon no longer be able to be used for transmitting fire alarm signals. Find out what is going on, and what will be the future of fire alarm signal transmitting. Understand the new requirements for transmissions methods in the 2010 NFPA 72, National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code.  Presented by Art Black. 


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PurchaseNow.gif  "NFPA 72-2010 Changes in the National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code". 
Presented by Rodger Reiswig, SET.  

The 2010 NFPA 72, National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code, has changed significantly. Discover what the changes are and why they were made. NFPA 72-2010 is being adopted much earlier than past editions of the Code.


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PurchaseNow.gif  "Lessons Learned - Liability Issues for Contractors".
This webinar will help you avoid lawsuits with early dispute assessments, better contracts, invoices, reports, and other forms. You will also learn what to do if you get notice of a claim, including ways to help enforce your contracts, why document management is essential, and important facts about arbitration. Derek Lisk and Valerie Folsom, attorneys with Shook, Hardy & Bacon, LLP, will present this webinar, which was prepared for the Automatic Fire Alarm Association.


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PurchaseNow.gif  "Understanding Audibility and Intelligibility" 
 Discover the differences between audibility and intelligibility. Learn how to determine audibility requirements BEFORE you install your fire alarm horns. What is intelligibility and how do you design for it? How do you test for it in accordance with NFPA 72-2010? Presented by Mike Knoras, Aon Engineering (formerly Schirmer Engineering).


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PurchaseNow.gif  "Emergency Communications Systems.  Understanding the Challenges of MNS.  The New Chapter 24, NFPA 72-2010".  
Presented by Wayne D. Moore, P.E., Principal, Hughes Associates, Inc. 

Probably the most important change to the Code was the addition of a new chapter for Emergency Communications Systems. This chapter includes not only a revised emergency voice/fire alarm communications systems section but also the new Mass Notification Systems (MNS) requirements.
  Mr. Moore will provide an overview of the requirements in the new Chapter 24 of NFPA 72-2010 that you need to know to properly design and install mass notification systems for your customers.

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PurchaseNow.gif The Three W’s of Carbon Monoxide Detection… What, Why, and Where. 
Presented by Jeff Brooks, SimplexGrinnell, member of NFPA 720 Technical Committee
 
The presentation is a synopsis of:

  • Review of carbon monoxide poisonings facts
  • Review the state legislative/regulatory landscape of CO mandates
  • Review the recent ICC actions for the 2012 edition of the International Fire Code (IFC) and International Residential Code (IRC) The key changes to the 2009 edition of NFPA 720
  • The differences between the CSAA Carbon Monoxide Supervising Station Response Standard and the NFPA 720-2009 requirements
  • The key changes to the 2011 edition of NFPA 720
 
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