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 Fall In-Person Forum - New Brunswick, NJ - November 1 - 3

(with Optional ICC Training 10-31)


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NETWORKING EVENTS

Jim Gibbs is the CCFS Business Development Manager, retired Fire Marshal from Arizona State University, and current Fire Marshal for Woodburn Fire District. Stop by and Speak with Jim – he’ll have an area by our registration desk. 

  • Are you a new member with questions? | Do you have an idea to contribute? | Are you happy with our online training webinars? | What else would you like to see CCFS do for Members? | Are you happy as an Exhibitor?  A Sponsor? | Any specialized training, presentations, programs you would like to see? | Any specialized vendor, product or services? | Do you know of any fire safety professionals you would like us to reach out to become a member or presenter? | and whatever else you want to talk about !!!! Attendees – Exhibitors – Sponsors – Visitors - all are welcome to Talk with Jim. This is your chance to tell us what you think, what you want, and what we can do to make your jobs easier. 

     

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PRESIDENT’S RECEPTION – TWO NIGHTS - Thanks to Johnson Controls Inc. (JCI)

THIS IS A SPECIAL YEAR …we’re back in person again, and we’re celebrating “Triumph over Tragedy” and look back "After the Fire", while we recognize the Seton Hall victims,  the courage of the Seton Hall survivors.  We’re pleased to feature sessions with Lifetime CCFS Members, Shawn and Alvaro, and several others.  We’ll also look at the progression of campus fire safety education, codes and standards over the last two + decades. 

But that’s not all … if you’re coming to New Jersey we also want to pay our respects to the firefighters and victims that lost their lives on 9-11. Our friends, and founding sponsor, Johnson Controls (JCI), is hosting a 2-night event during our Forum.  All registered attendees and exhibitors are invited!

Tuesday, November 1, from 5:30 – 7:30PM – Networking Night
Food and Beverage Reception in the Exhibit Hall and Registration Area (Livingston Ballroom). 

Wednesday, November 2, from 5PM (approx.) to 10 PM – Visit 9-11 Memorial, NYC
Johnson Controls has arranged for buses to take attendees and exhibitors directly to the 9-11 memorial.  They will provide a box-lunch on the bus and non-alcoholic beverage.  While you are allowed to bring your own drinks on the bus, we ask that you limit to beer or wine and only two per person.  JCI is also providing illuminated wristbands so you can hop back on the bus when you want – and maybe even recognize each other as you walk around NY City.  

Bringing a Guest or Partner?  Please let us know in advance as we have to keep a count for bus requirements, wristbands and food.  There is a slight cost to help with expenses for both nights, or just the 9-11 trip.  Please contact Cathy Tabor (978.961.0410) or [email protected].

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PRESENTATIONS, PANELS, MEETINGS


  • Optional 6+ Hours ICC Training (October 31) with ICC CEU's - Details to be announced
  • Opening Session includes Mr. Rich Mikutsky, Director / State Fire Marshal, N.J. Division of Fire Safety - Details to be announced 
  • Special Sessions with Shawn Simons and Alvaro Llanos, After The Fire ... including After the Fire - Panelists: Tommy Pugliese, Burn Survivor & Best Friend of Frank Caltabilota (deceased student), Joe and Candy Karol - Parents of Aaron Karol (deceased student), Robin Fisher, author "After the Fire", Chief Jeff Markey, (retired  South Orange FD) , Rev Dr. Dana Christmas (survivor).

 

“Industry Trends and Code Changes for the Future”, Rodger Reiswig, SET, PMSFPE, Fellow & VP, Industry Relations, Global, Fire Detection Products, Johnson Controls

This seminar will focus on technological changes and trends and how they are impacting the life safety systems today and will drive them for the future to come. Research and other code developments are also impacting how life safety systems are designed and implemented. This seminar will focus on those changes and provide a glimpse at where the immediate future is as well as what to expect in the next 10 years.

About Rodger Reiswig ...  Rodger is the VP, of Industry Relations, Global, Fire Detection Products, for Johnson Controls.  He is the Global industry liaison for building codes, installation standards, product certification standards and representative for various life safety industry associations and organizations.

He is a Former Detroit Diesel engine certified technician, re-powering large marine vessels and earth moving equipment.  rodger is NICET certified level IV for fire alarm systems and then moved to teach others about the life safety industry; Regional Field Sales Engineer with Simplex responsible for product application and field technical support for the east coast.

Education/CommitteesSummary:

- Industry Director, CCFS
- Certification from Two Rivers Technologies as a Master in Telecommunications
- Eastern Technical certification in Electronics Technology and Microprocessor Design
- Master’s Degree in Theology from Evangelical Theological Seminary
- NICET certification in both Fire Alarm and Special Hazard Layout. NICET level IV Fire Alarm Systems
- Certification and NICET level I Special Hazards Layout Certification.

Family/Hobbies:
- Married to Lani since June 1990
- Hobbies include: church, cars, jobs around house and playing with the dogs

Daniel Madrzykowski, Fire Safety Research Institute, UL: A Look Back at Dormitory Fire Safety Research

In the wake of the Boland Hall fire on the Seton Hall Campus in 2000, the United States Fire Administration started an initiative to improve fire safety in college housing. USFA supported research to examine the levels of hazard created by fires in day rooms and sleeping rooms with and without automatic fire sprinklers. The value of smoke alarms and the impact of closed doors was also examined. This presentation will review the results of the dormitory fire experiments and look at their application to off campus housing.  

About ... Daniel Madrzykowski

Daniel Madrzykowski is the Director of Research for UL’s Fire Safety Research Institute. Dan has more than 33 years of experience working to improve fire safety by conducting research in areas of: fire dynamics, fire suppression, and fire investigation. He has a PhD in fire engineering from the University  of Canterbury, a MS in fire protection engineering and a BS in mechanical engineering from the University of Maryland.

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  Twenty Plus Years of Tragedy and Triumph, Tim Knisely, Training Manager, AFAA.

From on-campus residence halls, fraternities and sororities, to off-campus living – all student housing brings unique dangers. We knew about some of the risks, but many fire tragedies over the years have highlighted why some of these were made worse. This presentation will examine some of these tragedies, the responses and what has been done to reduce the chances of it ever happening again. Learning Objectives include: Review case studies of fire causes and the impact on student housing. Look at how the educational programming has changed as it relates to fire safety ; Highlight how stakeholders have been included in the fire safety process; Examine how new codes, standards and technologies have been developed to reduce this risk. 

About ... Tim Knisely

Tim is the Training Manager for AFAA (Automatic Fire Alarm Association), and a past Treasurer, Director and Member for the Center for Campus Fire Safety.

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 Fire Alarm System Replacement Considerations, Larry D. Rietz, SET, Global Service Line Leader, Fire Detection & Alarm, Jensen Hughes, Inc.

Nationwide, there are tens of thousands of buildings with aging fire alarm and other fire protection systems.  This presentation will discuss how a facility manager can know if a fire alarm system needs to be upgraded or replaced and what plans can be made to provide a path for a successful fire alarm system replacement.  It will review various design options that are available for a fire alarm system replacement, along with pros and cons on the different approaches.  And it will cover the four key factors that should influence a quality fire alarm system replacement program.  Owners, facility managers and maintenance staff will benefit from this presentation. This presentation will feature the following learning objectives: How do you know if your fire alarm system needs an upgrade or replacement? | How can you plan for a successful fire alarm system replacement? | What design options are available for fire alarm system replacements? | What four factors should influence a quality fire alarm system replacement plan? 

About ... Larry Rietz

Larry D. Rietz, SET is the Global Service Line Leader, Fire Detection & Alarm, Jensen Hughes 

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Performing Hot Work Procedures in University Settings, Nate Smith, CU

Since Facilities groups tend to maintain and operate all built property and physical plants, compliance with adopted codes and standards governing building construction, air quality, sustainability, hazards, etc., is an essential element to promote the wellbeing of all occupants, staff, and visitors. EHS/RM departments typically direct regulatory oversight for Fire Safety as well as other associated hazards. We'll discuss these relationships and look particularly at checks and balances for performing Hot Work in campus communities.  Learning Objectives: 1) Illustrate the general working relationships between Facilities Operations, EHS Risk Management, and the University community.  2) Discuss the importance of oversight, permitting, and application of Hot Work procedures.  3) Discuss University the Emergency Response Plan and Emergency Support Functions. 4) Highlight Building Evacuations and Shelter-in-Place Protocols.

About ... Nate Smith

I am a Chicago native who migrated to Washington, DC and stumbled upon life in the local fire service during the 80s. I spent 10 years at one of the Nation's busiest firehouses (where I learned to pray fervently... among other things) before serving here as a fire inspector and cause and origin fire Investigator.  Currently, I am a Safety and Health Spc./Fire Safety Officer at The Catholic University of America serving from Nov 2011 - Present. I manage the Catholic University of America’s Fire Safety program which includes fire safety training, maintenance of Fire Life/Safety systems, and as a liaison to the DC Fire & EMS Department, Resident-Life, Housing Services, Campus Ministry, various Code Officials, Contractors, Federal, State, Local Officials,  and the Washington Consortium of Universities. My immediate supervisor is the University's Senior Director of Environmental Health Safety and Risk Management.  My areas of responsibility also entail the coordination of Facilities work requests, coordinating Student/Staff activities and training, maintaining compliance with applicable fire safety regulations; Strategic Code Consulting; Oversight of Fire Protection Systems and infrastructure; Emergency Management Planning and related Emergency Support Functions.; Property Inspections; and the management of The Catholic University/ Automatic Electronic Defibrillator Program (A.E.D). I'm privileged to Work in conjunction with other University officials and staff focusing on our people, and residential, assembly, and commercial properties in our University community of Brookland. Our goal is to maintain and foster "safe environments" for all Staff, Visitors, and the Student Body. Finally, I maintain and perform updates of the University’s Environmental Health and Safety / Fire Safety Web page. This site provides notification of certain fire prevention initiatives, safety, and maintenance procedures that impact the general university community, visitors, and staff.

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Reducing commercial fire alarm responses by understanding the relationship between Supervising Station Fire Alarm System Types and fire service data, Todd M Iaeger, UL Solutions and John Oats, International Public Safety Data Institute. 

What if national fire response data to commercial fire alarms systems data could be compiled and analyzed to provide and substantiate model code and standard fire alarm system methodology? For example, do fire departments in jurisdictions requiring Central Station Service respond to less commercial fire alarm calls than jurisdictions not requiring Central Station Service? Do fire departments in neighboring jurisdictions of those requiring Central Station Service benefit from this requirement? Within the framework of model building and fires codes, where a fire alarm system is required, it shall be monitored by an approved Supervising Station Alarm System Type in accordance with NFPA 72. There are three supervising station alarm system types: Central Station Service, Remote Supervising Station Service, and Proprietary Supervising Station Service. Each have specific service delivery requirements. Of the three approved supervising station alarm types, Central Station Service provides a strong methodology for alarm system oversight and compliance. This methodology translates to a greater sense of confidence and reliability for code officials, Alarm Service Companies, and building owners that installed systems are designed, installed, maintained and monitored in accordance with NFPA 72. And based on data analysis, Central Station Service provides for reduced fire alarm responses to commercial fire alarm installations.

This presentation explores the relationship between the requirements of Central Station Service and commercial fire alarm response data from a variety of national jurisdictions reporting their data through International Public Safety Data Institute (IPSDI). The presentation addresses model code and technical standard requirements and results of data compilation and analysis related to respective commercial fire alarm responses in jurisdictions requiring Central Station Service, jurisdictions not requiring Central Station Service but neighboring jurisdictions that do, and jurisdictions that neither require Central Station Service or neighbor jurisdictions requiring Central Station Service. This presentation explores the relationship between the requirements of Central Station Service and commercial fire alarm response data from a variety of United States cities and towns. The data was obtained from users of the International Public Safety Data Institute (IPSDI) National Fire Operations Reporting System (NFORS) Analytics platform. The presentation addresses model code and technical standard requirements and results of data compilation and analysis from those communities. That data was evaluated to determine trends related to: Jurisdictions requiring Central Station Service; Jurisdictions not requiring Central Station Service but having neighboring jurisdictions that do; Jurisdictions neither requiring Central Station Service nor have neighboring jurisdictions requiring Central Station Service.

Learning Objectives:  Attendees will understand model building and fire code requirements for fire alarm systems installation,  Attendees will understand the elements and benefits of Central Station Service,  Attendees will understand the importance and benefits of fire service data analysis that can aid communities to reduce risk and increase the effectiveness of their fire and life safety efforts. 

About .... Todd M. Iaeger, UL Solutions

Todd has worked for UL since 2016 assigned to the Research Triangle Park, North Carolina facility as an AHJ Education Specialist / Alarm System Auditor. Prior to his career with UL, Todd retired from the fire service after serving 26.5 years in Pennsylvania and North Carolina as a police officer, firefighter/EMT and Fire Marshal. Todd has extensive experience in many disciplines associated with the built environment, the fire service, and Community Risk Reduction and holds certifications in building and fire code inspection and fire investigation. He has been an Adjunct Instructor at the National Fire Academy and has presented training courses nationwide and contributed to publications related to building and fire code enforcement, Administration of Code, Fire Protection Systems, Code Enforcement Technology, Fire Investigation, Evidence Collection, Expert Witness Courtroom Testimony, Courtroom Testimony for Code Officials, and Fire Investigations Involving Fire Protection Systems. He represents UL on NFPA Technical Committees 950, 1031, & 1033. Todd works remotely from the suburban Philadelphia region.

About .... John Oates, International Public Safety Data Institute (IPSDI)

John is the President and CEO of the International Public Safety Data Institute, the fire service’s leader in data and analytics. As CEO, he is responsible for growth, adoption, and continuous improvement of the NFORS Analytics, Exposure Tracker and FireCARES programs. Prior to being appointed I-PSDI CEO in November 2021, John served as Chief of the East Hartford, Connecticut Fire Department for 13 years. Prior to that, he served in West Hartford, CT for 20 years, reaching the rank of Battalion Chief. John has a BS from Franklin Pierce University, a MS from Oklahoma State University, is a graduate of the National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer Program and holds numerous professional certifications. He has been an Advocate for the NFFF’s Everyone Goes Home Program since the inception of the 16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives. He serves the First Responder Center for Excellence as member of the Behavioral Health Advisory Committee. Chief Oates serves as a member of the NFPA 3000 Active Shooter/Hostile Event Response Technical Committee and the Technical Committee for Safety at Motorsports Venues (NFPA 610) where he served as Chairman from 2005 until 2016.

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Be Fire Smart ™,  by Sandy Mills-Alford, CEO, AliveTek, Chief Ferrara and John Keane, Montclair State University. 

2020 changed the nature of higher ed in many ways. Some of those ‘adjustments’ we were glad to leave behind, but others proved to be not only effective during a pandemic – but better.  When social distancing prevented the use of the typical fire drill, Montclair State went online! Using Be Fire Smart! TM  training, they could be assured that students were learning essential information about these risks.  By customizing the course, they were able to bring in their own policies and floor plans — delivering the right information to the right users — and getting time and date stamps showing when learners agreed to abide by the policies. By formalizing the training process, Montclair substituted the fire-drill based training, which – in the case of Shawn and Alvaro – led to fire-drill fatigue and a lack of urgency among students when a real fire did break out.  We’ll share our data and success stories with all who join us!

About ... Sandy Mills-Alford

Based in Tampa Bay, Florida, AliveTek began delivering e-Learning services in 2001. Sandy Mills-Alford, President and CEO, enjoys working directly with each client to plan programs and design relevant instructional materials. 

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Remote Access, Fire Alarm Systems & the Cloud- Guidelines for Successful Design & Application, Maria Marks, Siemens

This course will provide education for Owners, Consulting Engineers and other Technical Professionals on the guidelines for a successful design of Cloud services for Fire alarm systems. Remote services and technological advances are changing the way an owner or service provider can access/ respond to events in their building. This presentation will address some of the challenges and issues that the design community will need to understand to provide these capabilities in a building.

About ... Maria Marks

With a Life Safety focus on the building design and construction industry Maria looks to create Safe Smart buildings and communities. Her focus is on the balance between adoption/development of codes and standards and the potential of Emerging Technologies, while maintaining resiliency, and reliability of Life Safety systems. Maria has been active in the Fire Life Safety and Security industry for over 25 years. She is active with National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), SFPE and NFPA. Maria holds several board seats including the SFPE Foundation Board of Governors and the Board of Visitors for the University of Maryland Department of Fire Protection Engineering.  

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Carbon Monoxide Detection: Frequent Questions and Code & Standards Updates, by Richard Roberts

An informative presentation covering frequently asked questions about CO detection, provide overview of the key changes to the 2018/2021 ICC and NFPA model codes as well as the CO requirements in the 2019 edition of NFPA 72®. Also, the presentation will provide a sneak peek at the extensive changes to the 2024 edition of the International Fire Code (IFC).

Presentation Agenda:  Frequent Questions; 2018/2021 ICC and NFPA Model Code Changes; Changes to the 2019/2021 Edition of NFPA 72®; Sneak Peak at the Changes to the 2024 edition of the IFC.

About ... Richard Roberts
Richard Roberts is the Industry Affairs Manager at Honeywell Fire Safety. He has over thirty-five years of experience in the installation, sales, commissioning and product management of code compliant commercial fire alarm, carbon monoxide detection, emergency communication and security
systems. Currently Mr. Roberts is responsible for codes & standards development at the federal, state and local level as well as legislation. Richard is a member of 14 NFPA Technical Committees, 2 Underwriters Laboratories Standards Technical Panels for carbon monoxide detection and involved in the ICC Fire Code Action Committee (FCAC).

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Sneak Peek into the 2024 I-Codes and Looking to the Future, by Beth Tubbs, PE, FSFPE, Senior Staff Engineer ICC Codes and Standards Development

This presentation will provide a sneak peek into the more significant changes coming for the 2024 I-Codes. More specifically the changes will relate to the IFC, IBC and to a certain extent the IEBC. From there time will be spent discussing issues and trends that may affect what will be addressed in the upcoming 202cycle. Finally, the ICC code development process including the timeline and upcoming changes to that process will be reviewed.  Learning Objectives:  Participants will learn the at least 5 significant fire safety related changes in the I-Codes for 2024;  Understanding of pressing fire safety issues likely to be discussed for the 2027 I-Codes; Provide the tools to attendees to participate in the ICC Code Development; Process for the development of the 2027 I-Codes.

About Beth Tubbs
Beth Tubbs is a Senior Staff Engineer with the International Code Council (ICC) Codes and Standards Development department.  She has been with the ICC since 1995, and in her current role has active involvement in a wide variety of activities including code development and support and representing ICC in various committees both on a national and international level.  She is a Fellow of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE) and 2022 President for the Society.  She is also currently the staff secretariat to several ICC committees including the International Existing Building Code, the International Fire Code, and ICC Performance Code. In addition, she is currently the lead staff on the ICC Fire Code Action Committee which has been dealing with topics such as exterior wall finishes/cladding and energy storage systems. She holds a professional fire protection engineering license in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and State of California.  Back to Forum Registration and Info

   

 


Triumph over Tragedy Panel


After the Fire - Panelists: 
Shawn & Al, Tommy Pugliese, Burn Survivor & Best Friend of Frank Caltabilota(deceased student), Joe and Candy Karol - Parents of Aaron Karol (deceased student), Robin Fisher, author "After the Fire", Chief Jeff Markey, (retired  South Orange FD) , Rev Dr. Dana Christmas (survivor).

We've Come a Long Way Panels

Technology & Code Changes

Panel:  Rodger Reiswig, (Moderator), Kevin McSweeney, Richard Roberts

Overview: CCFS is offering a collaborative perspective regarding recent Fire Protection Systems Technology and Recent Code Changes which may affect the campus fire official’s awareness and knowledge for future construction or fire protection system upgrade projects.  The panel has distinguished industry representatives Roger Reiswig from JCI and Richard Roberts from Honeywell.  Kevin McSweeney, Campus Fire Marshal from the University of Delaware and CCFS Treasurer will tie in these technology and code changes from the campus fire official perspective. Items that will be covered includes but is not limited to: 

  1. Fire detection and alarm system improvements and applicability with fire hazards associated with typical campus occupancy groups
  2. Updates on application of IFC 2018 at campus residence halls, research labs with toxic gas management systems, and mass notification risk assessment integrated testing of fire protection systems
  3. Best practices with detection and suppression selection with Lithium-ion charging locations
  4. Factors leading to decisions for fire alarm system replacement and whether a full gut is needed verses keeping existing cabling and certain field devices

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Fire Safety on and off campus

Panel:  Chief Dan Jones, Bonnie Woodruff, Meghan Clement (The Justice Fire Safety Foundation), Tim Knisely, Training Manager, Automatic Fire Alarm Association (AFAA) and one additional panelist (TBA).  Facilitators:  Justin Daniels and Jeff Pendley (CCFS).

Overview: The purpose of this panel is to discuss fire and life safety in on and off campus residential and nonresidential occupancies. Since the fire at Seton Hall in 2000, many colleges and universities have installed fire alarm and fire sprinkler systems but many have not. Legislation has helped push for installation of these systems but some schools still remain noncompliant, particularly with off campus housing. Experts on this panel will examine the current code requirements, successes of many schools to install systems in new and existing buildings, and look at the future of fire protection in on and off campus housing.  

This panel will also discuss the Higher Education Right-To-Know Act and Clery reporting requirements. We will also examine how campus fire officials work with local fire departments on jurisdictional issues and sketchy landlords. Numerous other issues related to on and off campus residential occupancies will be addressed so please join this panel session as there should be a little something for everyone. Back to Forum Registration and Info 


Federal, State, and Local Legislation

Panel: Alan Sactor, Moderator, Fire Marshal, University of Maryland and Vice President CCFS; Michaela Campbell, Director of Government Affairs, Congressional Fire Services Institute; Seth Statler, Director of Government Affairs, National Fire Protection Association; Robert Ferrera, Director of Fire Safety, Montclair State University, Bob Ryan, Director of Public Services, City of College Park, MD ... and possibly one additional panelist (TBA)

Overview: This session will look at examples of federal, state, and local legislation that was passed to address fire safety on and off college campuses.  Panelists will share the stories behind the legislation and what it took to get it into law.  Back to Forum Registration and Info

Fire Safety for Students with Disabilities

Panel:  Alan Sactor, Moderator, Fire Marshal, University of Maryland, Vice President CCFS; Justine "Justice" Shorter, Disaster Protection Advisor, National Disability Rights Network; Emily Singer Lucio, ADA/504 Coordinator, University of Maryland, Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Overview: This session will look at how fire safety is being addressed for a wide range of disabilities.  Panelists will share their expertise and experience with efforts to assure that everyone has access to the same level of fire safety.  Back to Forum Registration and Info