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Courses and Instructors

Rough & Final Inspections of Fire Sprinkler Systems & Standpipe Systems

Seminar Description:

This one day seminar provides attendees with vital information on how to conduct field inspections & final inspections for fire sprinkler & standpipe systems. Fire sprinkler systems & standpipe systems are installed in stages and inspections are typically required at various stages before proceeding to the next stage. Codes typically require periodic on-site inspections as construction progresses ti ensure installations are being performed according to the approved construction documents. This work typically requires inspection & are allowed to be covered, and/or before the system is commissioned. This course is designed to familiarize the attendee with the visual & physical inspection requirements of typical codes and standards.

Attendees must bring latest edition of NFPA 13, NFPA 14 and IBC or IFC to the presentation.  

For a complete syllabus, click HERE

.80 CEUs

Chase Browning is a Deputy Fire Marshal at Medford Fire-Rescue in Medford, Oregon, with a prior 25 year career in the fire sprinkler industry. He is a Principal Member of the Technical Committees for NFPA 13, 13D and 13R, the UL 199 Technical Panel for Automatic Sprinklers, and is a Project Technical Panel Member for the Fire Protection Research Foundation (FPRF). Chase brings a unique balance of hands-on experience in the industry, and jurisdictional experience as a code official. Chase has a passion for teaching, and serves as a contract instructor for the National Fire Sprinkler Association as well as the National Fire Academy.

IFMA Fire Marshal Institute

This course is designed by the International Fire Marshals Association to cover information and a wide variety of topics necessary for the management of the fire prevention function within any given jurisdiction. While it is understood that there is not a one-size-fits-all model, there are consistent applications that are necessary in today’s Fire Prevention arena.

The information provided in this course is designed to better help you understand the issues facing the Fire Prevention Community.

For a course overview, click HERE
1.60 CEUs

Raymond Walker has a 48-year career in the fire service in both full-time capacities and as a volunteer. He’s held a number of positions including firefighter, apparatus driver, instructor, dispatcher, and fire marshal. Ray has certifications as Firefighter I, Fire Service Instructor, Haz Mat Tech, and Fire Marshal. He earned his Bachelor’s and Juris Doctorate degrees and teaches legal liability classes for the fire service throughout the United States. In addition, he is an adjunct instructor at the National Fire Academy. Ray is currently the President of the International Fire Marshals Association, a section of the NFPA. He also serves the Town of Vernon as Fire Marshal.

David Lynam is the Fire Marshal and manager of Kitsap County’s Building and Fire Safety department. David is a graduate of the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program and holds a Master of Business Administration from Portland State University. He serves as an adjunct faculty member for colleges and universities in Washington and Oregon instructing on a variety of fire department management and fire prevention topics. Starting his career as a firefighter in 1984, David has served as a company officer, inspector, chief fire investigator, and division chief and since 1990, Fire Marshal. He is the 1st Vice President of the International Fire Marshal’s Association and a frequent lecturer for Vision 20/20 and other organizations on LEAN program management and performance metrics.

Flexible Sprinkler Fitting Systems

Upon completion of this course, each participant will understand the history of flexible drops and how modern innovation is revolutionizing this fitting category with new technology.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this course, learners will be able to:

  • Identify the various designs of flexible hoses and brackets, and comprehend the important differences in how they perform
  • Recognize and inspect properly installed flexible sprinkler fitting systems
  • Comprehend the hydraulic performance of flexible drop systems
  • Locate technical support information for flexible sprinkler fitting systems
  • Comprehend why flexible drops are an important component in fire safety

.40 CEUs

Jack Carbone is a Senior Engineer at Victaulic, a global company that develops and produces mechanical pipe joining systems, and is the originator of the grooved pipe couplings joining system. Jack is a technical expert in fire protection system products focusing on: fire protection valves and sprinklers; flexible sprinkler systems; and application support for installers and AHJs. In his role at Victaulic, Jack is a Product Specialist responsible for directing the development and growth of fire protection valves. He has more than 17 years of experience in the fire protection industry, is an NFPA Member, was an NFSA E&S Committee Member (2005-2012), NFPA 13 AUT-SSI Committee Member (2011-2012), and an NFPA 13 AUT-SSD Committee Member (2011-2012). Jack earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Temple University in  Philadelphia, Pa., and his Master of Business Administration from Norwich University, Northfield, Vt.

Dry Sprinklers for Commercial and Residential Use

Upon completion of this course, each learner will be able to identify a dry sprinkler, explain how it works, and how it is installed. Participants will also be able to identify both properly and improperly installed dry sprinklers, according to applicable codes and standards. This course was created for owners, engineers, the inspection community, and anyone seeking to expand their knowledge of dry sprinkler and flexible drop technology.

.20 CEUs

Jack Carbone

Pressure Regulating Devices in Commercial Fire Protection

The purpose of this course is to provide professionals with an overview of the necessity of Pressure Regulating Devices, their application in the commercial fire protection field, and the requirements for high-rise buildings according to applicable codes and standards.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this course, learners will be able to:

  • Define the various sources of pressure
  • Identify the types of pressure regulating devices used in commercial fire protection
  • Explain the principles of operation, and performance differences between direct acting and pilot-operated valves
  • Comprehend how the codes and standards govern and influence the commercial fire applications in high-rise buildings
  • Comprehend the benefits and limitations of pressure regulating devices
  • Know the principle causes and destructive effects of cavitation
  • Explain the function of anti-cavitation devices
  • Learn how advancements in technology are improving the performances of pressure regulating devices

.20 CEUs

Jack Carbone

ICC Significant Changes to the 2018 IFC 

The goal of this seminar is to familiarize building officials, fire officials, plans examiners, inspectors, design professionals, contractors, and others in the construction industry with many of the important changes in the 2018 International Fire Code (IFC). The major changes from the 2015 IFC to the 2018 IFC will be presented. Participants will discuss the changes, reasons for the changes, and take part in knowledge review activities. Information presented will allow participants to apply these new code requirements to design, plan review, and/or inspection. The seminar uses the publication, Significant Changes to the International Fire Code, 2018 Edition.

.80 CEUs

Patrick Vandergriff has more than 35 years of experience in all areas of the construction industry having worked as a design / build contractor, city building official, community development supervisor and as Director of the Construction Industries Division of the New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department, and as a contract instructor, curriculum development and test development expert for the International Code Council (ICC).

He is proficient with all aspects of contracting, estimating, design and inspection, and holds degrees in Business Administration and Engineering. As an ICC instructor, Pat has been the instructor for as many as 180 days of code and code enforcement-related classes per year in 48 states. He is consistently one of the highest ranked instructors for the ICC.

ICC 2015 IFC Performing Commercial Fire Inspections NCS
This seminar presents the process of conducting commercial fire inspections, following the provisions and requirements of the 2015 International Fire Code. Specifically, the seminar provides participants with checklists that enable those performing commercial fire inspections to determine whether the materials, design, construction, installation and location of building components comply with the code. By ICC Training and Education.

.80 CEUs

Patrick Vandergriff

Fire Codes & the Legalized Marijuana Industry

This class will provide an overview of fire codes and regulations pertaining to both the illegal and the legal commercial marijuana industry. It will include discussion about some of the hurdles that the Denver Fire Department has overcome in regulating this new industry over the last seven years. Topics discussed will include: marijuana grow occupancies, CO2 enrichment systems, construction, fumigation, fire suppression, and the different extraction processes. Specific extraction topics will include: liquefied petroleum gas extractions, LPG storage and transfilling, Super/Subcritical CO2 extractions, extraction equipment approvals, and flammable liquid extractions, as well as “post oil processing” which is the de-waxing or winterizing (purifying) the oil concentrate after the extraction commonly using flammable liquids. Additionally, site inspection and general safety will be discussed.

.80 CEUs

Brian Lukus P.E. is a licensed fire protection engineer with the Denver (CO) Fire Department, Fire Prevention Division.  He has been involved with marijuana industry fire regulations since its 2010 decimalization in Denver, including recent participation on the NFPA 1 marijuana task group. He has a Master of Science degree in fire protection engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Brian also has six years of private fire protection consulting experience and served 10 years as a firefighter.

Mobile Food Truck and Temporary Cooking Regulation: Developing a Recipe for Success

The purpose of this session is to address the fire hazards associated with mobile and temporary cooking operations. Until 2018, not one code, recommended practice or standard addresses this issue as a whole to provide requirements for fire protection or life safety purposes. Fire departments of major cities around the country developed their own standard to solve this issue and prevent disasters from occurring in the future. The 2018 editions of NFPA 1, Fire Code (Section 50.7) and NFPA 96, Standard for Ventilation Control and Fire Protection of Commercial Cooking operations, (Normative Annex B), provide the minimum fire safety requirements for mobile and temporary cooking operations.

This session will review recent incidents related to mobile food vendor operations, examine the common causes to these incidents, and instruct the attendees on how to mitigate the fire and life safety issues present in mobile food vendor operations. Upon completion of the didactic portion of the session, attendees will examine various mobile food vendor vehicles and inspect the processes in the “built environment.”

.40 CEUs

Gary Honold is the Regional Director for the National Fire Protection Association’s Northwest Regional Field Office. He retired from the Missoula Fire Department after a 21-year career. During his years with the fire department, Gary rose through the ranks to the position of captain. He also spent 10 years in the fire marshal’s office and was active in statewide fire code adoption activities. He is a certified EMT and Fire Protection Specialist. Gary also served one year as an NFPA Public Education Field Advisor for the Northwest Region.

Fire Alarm Testing

The class will cover all aspects of fire alarm testing and ongoing maintenance as per NFPA 72, from pretest documentation to corrective actions post-test. Also covered will be Joint Commission reporting requirements for accredited care facilities.

.40 CEUs

Larry Romaine