2024 Annual Breakfast


Event Details


Orange County Convention Center

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

If you are interested in a table of 10 or sponsor table of ten, please contact Alex Strausser to complete the purchase.


Topic Details

NFPA 72®:

30 Years of Changes, Challenges and Controversies

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 through the eyes of Wayne D. Moore, who has served as a member of one or more technical committees of NFPA 72 since 1993 and served as Editor of the first five editions of NFPA’s National Fire Alarm Code Handbook.  This interview style presentation will feature in-depth stories of how the Code has changed over the years.  What does it actually 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?  Join us for this fascinating conversation about the first 30 years of NFPA 72.

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

  • Understand the history of NFPA 72 and how has this Code been modified through the years.
  • Hear first-hand accounts of the creation of some of the most important elements in fire alarm system design and installation.
  • Discover some of the major code changes and surprises that have occurred in the last 30 years.
  • Ponder what remains to be accomplished for fire alarm systems of the future.


Presenter Bio

Wayne Moore, P.E., CFPS, SET, FSFPE, F.NSPE

Wayne is a licensed professional fire protection engineer, is a journalist and is the President of the fire protection engineering and code-consulting firm, the Fire Protection Alliance and is in the firm’s Jamestown, Rhode Island office.

He currently serves as a Principal member and former Chairman of the NFPA 72-2016 Emergency Communications Systems (ECS) Technical Committee and is a Principal member of the NFPA 72 Correlating Committee. He is the Editor/Co-Editor of five editions of the National Fire Alarm Code Handbook ®.

In December of 2012, NFPA published his new book, “Designing Mass Notification Systems – A Pathway to Effective Communications”. He is the 2009 recipient of the NFPA Standards Medal, the 2012 recipient of the AFAA Lifetime Achievement Award and the 2019 recipient of the Siemens Industry Leadership Award.

Larry Rietz, SET, CFPS

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.  After working for almost 14 years with a large Fire Alarm manufacturer and service provider, he has spent the last 11 years with Jensen Hughes, 7 of those years as Director of the Denver office. 

Over those years, he directed the talented team of engineers and helped grow the Denver business over 300% in just four years.  At the same time, he has designed and analyzed multiple large fire alarm and emergency communication systems for transportation, entertainment, and higher education campuses and was the Project Manager for the Denver International Airport Public Safety Notification Upgrade and On-Call Life Safety Systems projects. 

Larry currently serves on the Technical Committee (Principal) for NFPA 72 Chapter 24 (SIG-ECS), on the Technical Committee (Alternate) for NFPA 72 Chapters 12, 21, & 23 (SIG-PRO), on the Technical Committee (Principal) for NFPA 1616 (1660) Standard on Mass Evacuation, Sheltering and Re-entry, on the Technical Committee (Alternate) for NFPA 101/5000 Education and Day-Care Occupancies (SAF-END), on the Technical Committee (Principal) for NPFA 909, Code for the Protection of Cultural Resource Properties and NFPA 914, Code for the Protection of Historic Structures (CUL-AAA), and he served on the Automatic Fire Alarm Association (AFAA) Board of Directors from 2014 – 2023.  He also serves on three different UL Standards Technical Panel (UL 864, 464/1480, and 2525).  He is a frequent presenter at a large variety of industry events, is a Contract Instructor with AFAA, and is a guest lecturer at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) and the University of Maryland (UMD) fire protection programs.

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