Format: Instant Access Recorded Webinar
Course Description: With more jurisdictions issuing “Stay at Home” orders, there are many questions regarding what industries and services are “essential”. The interpretation of what is “essential” varies widely. Recognizing this, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the global leader in developing codes and standards regarding fire and life safety, has issued guidance regarding the maintenance of these systems for all commercial and multi-residence buildings.
Fire Smarts is hosting this free webinar featuring a panel of industry experts for a discussion regarding the following declarations from the NFPA published guidance:
- All commercial and multi-occupancy residential buildings should maintain fully operational fire and life safety systems as required by the applicable codes and standards.
- Those responsible for these buildings should adhere to the expected schedules for inspection, testing, and maintenance that are vital to their operation. If they are unable to do so, they should contact their local authority having jurisdiction.
- Public and private employees who perform the inspection, maintenance and other responsibilities for these systems should be deemed essential workers.
The presentation will consider questions and answers for each of the stakeholders impacted by NFPA’s position:
- Facility owner/manager
- Service provider/vendor
- Authority Having Jurisdiction
The expert panel will focus on the practical application of what, how, and why these systems must be maintained along with the variety of present challenges. This includes considerations for limiting risk when a facility is unable to complete an inspection, when correction of deficiencies is deferred, or when a service provider is not available to handle system impairments.
The common goal of all stakeholders is to appropriately protect buildings and occupants, while understanding and managing the risk factors. This session will help all impacted parties gain a better understanding of how to move forward and work together during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Russ Leavitt, SET, CFPS
Russ Leavitt is the Executive Chairman of Telgian Corporation. With over 36 years of experience, he holds a Level IV certification from NICET in Fire Sprinkler Layout and Certified Fire Protection Specialist (CFPS) designation. He is a Board Member and 2nd Vice-Chair of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and is the chair of the NFPA 13 Sprinkler System Discharge Criteria technical committee. He also serves on the NFPA 13 Installation committee as well as the NFPA 3, NFPA 4 and NFPA 25 technical committees. Russ conducts seminars internationally on a variety of fire and life safety related subjects and has authored a number of articles and training materials.
Tom Parrish, SET, CFPS, PSP
Tom Parrish has more than 25 years’ experience and is the Fire Marshal for Putnam Township Michigan. He serves on several NFPA technical committees including NFPA 72 Signaling Systems for the Protection of Life and Property and Emergency Communications Systems. He is a board member of AFAA and is a senior instructor for NFPA. His professional credentials include Level IV NICET Certified Fire Alarm Technician, Level III NICET Inspections and Testing, Certified Fire Protection Specialist and Master Electrician.
Tracey Bellamy, P.E., CFPS
Tracey Bellamy has more than 25 years’ experience in the fire protection community including all areas of the fire sprinkler industry. He has extensive experience with fire suppression system design, fire hazard analysis and fire protection system inspection and testing. He is licensed as a Professional Engineer in 49 U.S. states, District of Columbia and Guam and a Certified Fire Protection Specialist (CFPS). He serves on several NFPA technical and correlating committees including NFPA 13, 15, 16, 25, 30, 30B, 101 and 5000 (building code). Tracey is a member of ASCE, NFPA, and SFPE.
Ralph Bless, P.E., SET, CFPS
Ralph Bless has more than 38 years experience in fire protection including a broad range of water based and special hazard system design, code consulting and fire protection engineering services. He has provided services to government, hospitality, warehouse/distribution center, retail, convenience, multi-unit development, multifamily housing, industrial, restaurant, and medical accounts. He is licensed as a Professional Engineer in six states, is a Level IV NICET senior fire sprinkler layout technician and holds several state and national certifications including that of Certified Fire Protection Specialist. Ralph chairs the NFPA technical committee for Record Storage, NFPA 232, and serves as a primary member of the NFPA technical committees for Water Spray Systems, NFPA 15 as well as an alternate member of the NFPA 13 Correlating Committee.
Certificate of Completion:
- Each participant registered, attending the full live training webinar or viewing the post-live recorded on-demand webinar will receive a Certificate of Completion (you must be registered under your name to receive a certificate, one certificate per registered participant). This certificate will include the participants name, training subject, date, number of training hours completed and the Fire Smarts name, address and phone number.
This webinar is presented online in a directing and discussion style of teaching. A clear and detailed presentation of the content is given with the aid of PowerPoint presentation slides. Participant questions are encouraged to facilitate understanding and practical application exercises will be given where applicable to the content.