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Seminars Qualify for NICET, Florida & Wisconsin CEU's (where applicable).

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June 16, 2015

Planning the System for Its Lifespan

Jason Webb and Roland Asp, CET


A fire sprinkler system is installed for the life of the building.  Inspection, testing and maintenance are necessary in order to make sure the system operates as intended for as long as it is in place.  NFPA 25 details the inspection, testing and maintenance needs for a fire sprinkler system.  This program will cover items and components that need to be considered during the layout and installation of a system to facilitate the requirements for maintaining that system    properly throughout its installation. 

July 21, 2015

Backflow Prevention and Fire Sprinkler Systems

Roland Asp, CET

The NFPA installation standards (NFPA 13, NFPA 13R and NFPA 13D) do not require the installation of backflow prevention devices; however, there are times when these devices are required by building codes, plumbing codes, and health codes. The most common reason backflow devices may be required is based upon the cross-connection guidelines of the water purveyors. A particular point of contention between the fire protection industry and the water supply industry revolves around residential sprinkler systems.  These devices create an added expense and also cause pressure loss that must be accounted for in the hydraulic calculations. Although these devices do not serve a specific fire protection purpose, they do serve a purpose.  This seminar will include discussion on the variables of a fire protection system that may necessitate the inclusion of a backflow prevention device, along with the types of backflow devices and their installation.


August 18, 2015

Obstructions to Standard Spray and Extended Coverage Sprinklers

Robert Upson

Spray sprinklers are the oldest type of sprinkler in regular use today and still the most versatile.  NFPA 13 contains general obstruction requirements for all sprinklers as well as specific requirements for each specific type. Fixtures, structural members, and more, may or may not be considered obstructions to sprinkler discharge. Different obstruction rules vary with the characteristics of the obstruction. This seminar will explore the rules governing clearance to both standard spray sprinklers and extended coverage spray sprinklers and demonstrate the impact of the rules on sprinkler spacing.


September 15, 2015

Obstructions to Residential Sprinklers

Louis Guerrazzi, EIT

Residential sprinklers have been on the market for over three decades. These sprinklers are listed to a separate product standard by the laboratories than spray sprinklers and have unique installation criteria. The three different installation standards, NFPA 13, NFPA 13R and NFPA 13D all maintain position requirements for residential sprinklers. Fixtures, structural members, and more, may or may not be considered obstructions to sprinkler discharge. Different obstruction rules vary with the characteristics of the obstruction. This seminar will explore the rules governing clearance to residential sprinklers through all three installation standards and demonstrate the impact of the rules on residential sprinkler spacing.


October 20, 2015

Obstructions to ESFR and CMSA Sprinklers

Victoria B Valentine, PE

Early suppression fast response sprinklers (ESFR) and control mode specific application (CMSA) sprinklers are commonly used in protecting storage scenarios.  These sprinklers undergo different product testing in order to achieve their listing.  With the large volume of water that comes from each of these sprinklers they are extremely sensitive to obstructions.  Fixtures, structural members, and more, may or may not be considered obstructions to sprinkler discharge.  This seminar will explore the rules for positioning ESFR and CMSA sprinklers when obstructions are present.


November 17, 2015

Implementing New ITM Procedures from the 2014 Edition of NFPA 25

Jason Webb

The 2014 edition of NFPA 25 is currently only adopted by a handful of jurisdictions as the process of updating codes and standards can take a few years or more. With that in mind you can expect that many states and local AHJ’s will soon begin enforcing the requirements of the current edition of the standard. To comply with the 2014 edition of NFPA 25, changes in the process of inspecting and testing will need to take place. Whether it is as simple as conducting a valve status test instead of a main drain test, or the totally new practice of testing diesel fuel quality for fire pumps, everything from contract terms and conditions to how long an inspector should plan to be onsite will be effected. In this seminar, we will discuss some of the more significant of those changes and how to prepare for them.


December 15, 2015

Updating ICC Codes - Moving from the 2009 to the 2015 Edition  

Jeffrey M Hugo, CBO

National code development often outpaces the actual code adoption in many jurisdictions. It is not uncommon for a community to be two or three editions behind the latest published edition. When it comes time to update, many questions arise about the new requirements. This course is designed to provide answers to those questions on what is new in the code. This course will also address those communities that have the older editions of the ICC codes and what to expect in the 2015 edition. There are many updates on fire sprinkler requirements, fire pump installation, fire department connections, and much more. The 2009 and 2012 edition codes to the 2015 edition will be reviewed while providing many visual representations, handouts and discussion to assist the fire sprinkler contractor and code official on the updates. 

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