2024 Annual Breakfast


Event Details


Orange County Convention Center

Orlando, FL

Room: WF4 – Located on Level II


Date:  Tuesday, June 18th

Time:  7:00am – 9:00am


Individual Ticket:  $75

Table of 10:  $750

Sponsor Table of 10:  $1,250

Please contact Alex Strausser for any last minute breakfast tickets.


Topic Details

NFPA 72®:

30 Years of Changes, Challenges and Controversies: A Panel Discussion

NFPA 72® National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code® has now been around for 30 years since first appearing as the National Fire Alarm Code in 1993.  This presentation will take a retrospective look at NFPA 72.

Join us for this fascinating panel discussion of experts to get their perspective about the first 30 years of NFPA 72.


This 90-minute presentation will feature the following learning objectives:

  • What does it take to put together the Code text, Annex material and the commentary for the Handbook of the Code.
  • What are some of the major code changes that have occurred and what surprises have arisen over the years.
  • And, what remains to be accomplished for fire alarm systems of the future.


Presenter Bios

Larry Rietz

Larry Rietz is Vice President and Service Line Leader for Fire Detection and Alarm for Jensen Hughes and works as a designer, instructor, author, and industry advocate. He is a NICET Level IV Certified Fire Alarm designer and Certified Fire Protection Specialist (CFPS) with over 28 years of life safety industry experience.

Art Black

 Art Black is the Principal at Carmel Fire Protection Associates, Carmel-by-the-Sea, California – a consulting firm for fire prevention program management, fire detection and suppression system plan review and inspections, fire investigation, and development of quality fire protection training programs.Previously, Art served as a firefighter and fire marshal.

Merton Bunker

Merton Bunker has 32 years of engineering experience, including seven years at the National Fire Protection Association as staff liaison to NFPA 72. He is active in codes and standards development and is the Chair of the Signaling Systems for the Protection of Life and Property Correlating Committee. Merton is a licensed professional engineer and a certified master electrical inspector.

Ray Grill

Ray Grill is a Principal of Ray Grill Consulting, PLLC. He is licensed as a fire protection and mechanical engineer in several states and has over forty years experience in fire protection engineering. Ray is a past president of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers and is a Fellow of the Society. Ray serves on several NFPA technical committees and IBC General Code and Fire Safety Code Development Committees.


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