Thank you to all who attended the 2023 Campus Fire and Life Safety Forum and special thanks to all our Sponsors, Speakers, Exhibitors and Members. CEU credits and Star of The Day videos are soon to be followed. 

We're excited to announce that our Campus Fire and Life Safety Forum will be held at the Omni Hotel in Oklahoma City November 4, 2024 - November 7, 2024. Forum details will be provided in the near future.




The 25th Campus Fire and Life Safety Forum
(includes virtual Forums during Covid)



 "Texas Size Issues" facing today's Campus Fire Safety Officials

Ft. Worth (Grapevine), Texas ... November 6 - 9.

If you're facing any of these issues on your campus, you won't want to miss our Forum.

 Lithium-Ion Batteries, MicroMobility devices & safety issues on Campus (from codes to management issues), Active Shooters, Blocked/Locked exits, Crowd Management, Drones and Rockets, Students with Disabilities, Special Events on Campus – managing the fire safety aspect; from pre-inspections, to oversight and more … from Halloween parties to amusement rides to Texas Size mechanical bulls. 

We want to discuss how you handle these issues and more.

More than a Campus Fire & Life Safety Forum – it’s Family Getting Together! 

Our Forum has ONE specific Focus … Campus Fire & Life Safety!

And that includes … Fire Prevention, Education, Training and Planning, Latest Trends in Fire Protection Technology, NFPA & ICC Codes & Standards Updates, Public Education, Community, … and much more.  

Our sharp focus is what has made our annual forum so successful over the years.  We’re small, and focussed and when we get together … it’s so much more than an Forum - it’s family!  We learn, we network both during the Forum and all year long as CCFS Members. 

We bring our problems from campus and trade solutions to help each other.  When we talk, we network, and we learn from each other's experience.  We also learn from industry experts, and just relax and share great food with other members – we create a bond that will last beyond a career.  We come away with ideas, we are updated on new technology and codes from exhibitors and experts, and we come away with answers and the realization that many of us share the same issues on campus ... that's the bond ... We are all part of the same family with the passion and dedication to save lives.

Keynote Speaker ... Kelly Ransdell, Regional Director, South Central Region, NFPA

 It’s a Big World- lets protect it! 

This session will give you the latest updates on how to address emerging risks & hazards in your community through resources provided by NFPA.

Prior to being a Regional Director, Ransdell served as an NFPA Regional Education Specialist covering 17 states in the Southeast and Northeast regions. Before joining NFPA, she worked as the Deputy Director of the North Carolina Department of Insurance, Office of State Fire Marshal for nearly 15 years and the State Director for Safe Kids NC. Ransdell also served as an NFPA Public Education Advisor in the Southern Region for 7 years. Ransdell attended North Carolina State University where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a minor in Criminal Justice. She received a Master of Arts degree in Industrial Organizational Psychology from East Carolina University. She began her 29 year career in emergency services as an Emergency Medical Technician with Knightdale EMS & Rescue. Kelly and her husband Mike live near Raleigh NC with their 2 daughters Claire (18) and Campbell (12).

All Classes on All Days have been approved for ICC recertification CEU'S, including Monday "Soft Start" Classes


Forum Info! ...

Presentations & Events ... See Forum Details for More

Monday:  November 6 ...  (Optional Soft Start)

Tuesday: November 7 ... Opening Day, Exhibits, Breakout Sessions, President's Reception (Sponsored by Johnson Controls).

  • Exhibits
  • Opening Welcome Session by CCFS.
  • Honor Guard.
  • Welcome from Texas Fire Officials
  • Keynote, Kelly Ransdell
  • Trends and possible direction of changes in the life safety industry as it relates to technology
  • Energy Storage Systems - Introduction to NFPA 855 and Energy Storage Systems
  • Aspiration Smoke Detection; How using Very Early Warning Smoke Detection, Gas Detection, and Air Quality Detection can save a University Money and Lives”
  • Summary of Key Changes to the 2024 ICC Model Codes
  • President's Reception - all are welcome

Wednesday: Nov 8: General and Breakout Sessions, Exhibits. (Expo ends mid afternoon)

  • Exhibits
  • Discussion Group: Managing the risks of Lithium-Ion Batteries and Micro-Mobility devices on campus; led by:  Alan Sactor, CCFS Vice President & Fire Marshal, University of Maryland.
  • One University’s Approach to Managing Maximum Allowable Quantities
  • Bridging the Gap: Fire Prevention and other Considerations in Preparing your Jurisdiction for Civil unrest
  • Fire Alarm System Replacement Considerations
  • When Seconds Matter In less than 30 seconds, a small flame can turn into a major fire
  • Advantages and challenges of emerging technology on life safety systems.  
  • NFPA 25 Roles and Responsibilities
  • Fire - Resistance - Rated Assemblies and Lithium-Ion Batteries. Arson. Bad housekeeping Playing with candles, fireworks on campus. These are new threats to existing buildings.
  • The importance of having Crowd Management.
  • Victaulic Univ. NFPA 770 ... An intro & review of NFPA 770 and university specific applications.

Thursday: November 9 (ends by 2PM):  Town Hall Meeting, Annual Member Meeting, Movie 

  • Town Hall Meeting
  • Micro-Mobility Advice to Protect People and Property
  • High Rise and Atrium - Fire Code Complications
  • Movie:  Six Locked Doors The Legacy of Cocoanut Groveby Zachary W. Graves-Miller (Sponsored by Johnson Controls)
  • Group Luncheon, Executive Committee Reports, Swear in New Director(s).

Forum Overview & Testimonial ... Our Campus Fire and Life Safety Forum spans over 2.5 days, with an additional/optional 6 hours of training on Monday, before the official Forum start.  Our Forum includes many presentations, a 1.5 day technology expo, a Town Hall Meeting, Member Meeting, Networking Receptions, Conference Meals .. and much more.  But don't take our word for it .... read what one of our attendees has to say ...

From: Nathaniel Smith, Catholic University  

"CCFS is one of the most effective advocates for College and University (Fire) Safety in the country. Professional engineers, technicians, educators, builders, students, law enforcement, fire services, associated companies, and businesses from nearly every industry will be in attendance this fall at the CCFS Campus Fire Forum. The group also includes special interests for those affected by various disabilities along with student-empowered focus groups for Fire Safety Engineering. I urge you to take advantage of the resources available through partnering with CCFS. I hope to see you at the  Campus Fire Forum" Nate Smith, Catholic University, OSHS l Fire Safety Officer l Environmental Health Safety and Risk Management  



The President's Reception ...  Sponsored by Johnson Controls

Tuesday .... In the evening, join us by the pool for great conversation and food.  All are welcome!

Thursday ... Just before lunch, join us for the movie that was aired at NFPA in June, "Six Locked Doors The Legacy of Cocoanut Grove".  After the movie - join us for lunch and our Annual Meeting.  All are welcome!.

Thanks to JCI, our Founding Sponsor. MORE INFO

Forum Costs & Registration ...  REGISTER HERE



  • Fire Marshal 101 ... A six hour course given by a Team of CCFS Directors/Fire Marshal's ( 9 - 4PM)
  • Registration includes Breakfast, Lunch & Breaks.


  CCFS Sponsor

Non-Member Price
Attendee + Soft Start







Exhibitor $1800. $1800. $2100.
Exhibitor +
Star of the Day Option
$1800. $2100. $2500.

 Conference meals for all are included in registration are: Breakfast, Lunch, Breaks, and Networking Reception


Forum Hotel & Conference 

Hotel: Hyatt Regency, DFW Airport., 2334 North International Parkway, P.O. Box 619014, DFW Airport, Texas, United States, 75261

  Occupancy and $ per night
Room Type Single Double
King 199. 199.
Queen/Queen 199. 199.
Gvt Queen/Queen 175. 175.


Note:  The hotel offers additional room choices in their online registration.

See Hotel Details for much more. 


If College and University Campuses are one of your vertical markets, you would not want to miss this opportunity to network with Campus Fire Marshals and more.  As a Technology Exhibitor, you will receive:  A 10ft booth space to exhibit 1.5 days, registration for one exhibitor (additional would cover the cost of food), you will participate in breakfast, lunches and breaks with attendees, receive an invitation to the President's Reception to network with attendees, an opportunity to choose the Star of the Day options, and you are welcome to attend any of our educational session that interest you.

Exhibitors to date:

  • Amerex
  • Automatic Fire Alarm Association
  • Campus Optics
  • Denlar Fire Protection
  • Firefighter Air Coalition
  • Johnson Controls
  • Keltron
  • Knox Box
  • Siemens
  • Sonic Inspection Corporation
  • Space Age
  • Telgian 
  • Victaulic

Star of the Day" Option  ...  for Exhibitors ... In addition to the 1.5 day expo ... you can be the Star of the Day! 
We're organizing a new Exhibitor Program at this years Forum and we will video record you in your booth for 15 minutes.  Feel free to present your product/services - similar to our Campus Coffee Break Series.  More details are forthcoming.

After the Forum, your videos will be placed on our website for the public and members and will be available for at least a year - then archived in our online library for members to watch on demand.  BUT ...that's not all .... each day, one of our Expo videos will air on our Social Media Platforms (FaceBook/LinkedIn), making YOU the Star of the Day!

More than just an Exhibit .....  Be the Texas Star of the Day  .... During the expo we'll set up a time to video tape a 15 minute presentation. 

We're putting all this together now, but we're planning two options:  Video in your booth with product or .. Send us a 15 minute video you produced on your own. After the Forum, your videos will be placed on our website for the public and members and will be available for at least a year - then archived in our online library for members to watch on demand.  BUT ...that's not all .... each day, one of our Expo videos will air on our Social Media Platforms (FaceBook/LinkedIn), making YOU the Star of the Day!  As we draw closer we'll contact you with more details.  

RENTAL INFO & FORM (Electrical, Monitors, etc.)



We're looking for sponsors ...  If you can help - please let us know.

Sponsor Options ... Typical Sponsorships include: 

  1. Breaks ... $3500.
  2. Lunch or Breakfast with Exhibitors and Attendees ... $5000.
  3. Welcome Reception ($5000.)
  4. Attendees Gifts - No longer available.
  5. Printing of Program Guide  - Sponsored by Victaulic
  6. Sponsor a customer to attend the entire or partial Forum & Expo ($875.)

Giving back ... Our motto is to give back to our sponsors by providing awareness and marketing services.  As a sponsor benefit, you would receive: 

  • Logo recognition on the Forum Program Guide for all, email blasts, and website thru September 2024.
  • A tall banner at the Forum thanking you for your sponsorship.
  • A 15 Minute Coffee Break webinar in 2024. and will keep on our website through 10-2024.
  • A free email blast to our database of 17K.
  • A 15% discount on a booth at the Forum (exception is # 5 and 6) +++ entry for one additional exhibitor (includes conference meals & reception): 

Sponsorship donations are tax deductible.

For more information contact [email protected] | Voice: 978.961.0410 


Johnson Controls, Inc., CCFS Founding Sponsor

Dr. Rodger Reiswig

President's Reception and Six Locked Doors Movie 


SIEMENS, Ray Patterson

A gift of $250. worth of Texas Beef to the winner of the Wednesday Grand Prize (Indoor Blackstone Grill). If you win the Blackstone Grill, Ray Patterson will ship you Prime Beef (not the live cow, we promise)


Victaulic will produce the Forum Program Guide.
Picture coming soon.

Sonic Inspection Services

Sidney Martinez

Sponsoring Breaks at the Forum


Neal Zipser

Sponsoring a Forum Lunch with Exhibitors