Fire Prevention Sessions

Defensible Space Inspections - Challenges Faced by the Inspectors

Instructor:  Chris McMasters
This class will cover the challenges that both fire departments, county agencies and the defensible space inspectors face in the field and on a day to day basis.  During this session, we will be discussing:

  • Logistical issues with staffing, vehicles, and equipment;

  • Some of the safety issues inspectors may encounter while in the field doing defensible space inspections;

  • The different types of homeowners inspectors may encounter, such as the individual that wants to do the work, the neighborhood snitch, Sovereign citizens and other uncooperative homeowners;

  • Property fortifications like gates, no trespassing signs, and other warning signs. 

Fire Prevention Week – Out of the Box and Down the Road!

Instructor:  Meredith Hawes

Fire Prevention Week is on record as the longest running public health observance, according to the National Archives and Records Administration’s Library Information Center, and NFPA has been the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week since 1922, when the commemoration began. 

Each year a Fire Prevention Week theme is identified to educate the public of the dangers of fire and the fire-service is our biggest partner in helping to spread the message. This year’s theme Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen aims to help residents make safe cooking choices in the kitchen, and it is vital while families are doing even more cooking at home.  These are critical  cooking safety messages that can be customized to address your local fire problem and shared not just during Fire Prevention, but throughout the campaign year. And new “Out of the Box” ideas are available to help you reach your audience outside of traditional events.


Flammable Refrigerants  

Instructor: Bob Sullivan, NFPA

This presentation will discuss the new NFPA Flammable Refrigerants Fire Fighter Training Material Development Workshop that was held in September, 2018. The multi-billion dollar refrigeration industry is starting to move toward new types of refrigerants that are more environmentally friendly fluids, but they are also much more flammable than current types of refrigerants. This shift has already occurred in other countries, and will soon occur in the United States as well. As new refrigerants with higher flammability are phased in, there will be new hazards which the Fire Service and emergency responders will need to be aware of to make adjustments in firefighting tactics. This session will discuss this new information and the efforts that are underway to provide updated training for the Fire Service, including relevant codes and standards, hazard identification, emergency response tactics, and post-incident considerations. 


Food Truck Safety Requirements  

Instructor: Bob Sullivan, NFPA

This presentation will discuss fire safety practices and requirements for food trucks that are found in NFPA 1 (Fire Code), and in Appendix B (Mobile and Temporary Cooking Operations) of NFPA 96 (Standard for Ventilation Control and Fire Protection of Commercial Cooking Operations). As food trucks are becoming increasingly popular, there have been more food truck incidents involving both fires and explosions. The very nature of the food truck industry also presents the Fire Service with significant challenges in enforcing fire safety regulations, extending to cooperative efforts that are needed with other entities such as health department representatives and local government officials. This session will include discussion of all of these issues, as well as review some case studies involving food truck fires.

NFPA Hot Work Safety Certificate Program  

Instructor: Bob Sullivan, NFPA

This presentation will discuss NFPA’s Hot Work Safety Certificate Program, which was created in response to a structure fire in Boston, MA in 2014, in which two Boston firefighters died as a result of a fire started by unpermitted welding. This program was developed to help those in the construction industry develop awareness and understanding of dangers and safety procedures to promote safety on the work site where hot work occurs, as numerous fires have been started by poor hot work practices. The Fire Service can utilize this program and implement it as a required program in any jurisdiction, for contractors who perform hot work, in order to raise the level of safety on construction sites and other properties where hot work is performed. The training provided in the Hot Work program addresses the safe practices needed when planning and executing jobs wherever hot work processes are used. 

NFPA 855 and Firefighting Concerns for Energy Storage Systems  

Instructor: Bob Sullivan, NFPA

This presentation will discuss the new NFPA 855, Standard for the Installation of Stationary Energy Storage Systems. As society shifts toward the increased use of “green energy”, energy storage systems (ESS) are becoming more prevalent to store electrical energy generated by wind and solar systems. ESS present the Fire Service with unique firefighting challenges and hazards when they burn, and require improved industry installation practices. NFPA 855 provides guidance and fire protection safety requirements for the installation of these systems. This session will focus both on the firefighting challenges and the new fire protection requirements for energy storage systems. It will also analyze some case studies involving ESS, including an incident in Arizona in April, 2019, where several firefighters were injured when an explosion occurred at an ESS facility.

NFPA Updates

Instructor:  Kelly Ransdell
NFPA Updates is a fast paced look at current and emerging issues for the fire service. This session will focus on new ideas and ways to address hot topics that you my experience in your community.

Vacation Home Rental~ Fire and Life Safety
Instructor:  Eric Guevin
Learn how to implement a fire and safety inspection process for VHR's. What's in a name and how are they classified in the code. Short Term Rental STR, AirBNB  VRBO, etc. by what authority do Fire Departments have to regulate this type of operation in a private home? What political and financial hurdles do you have to face? What are the risks that can be addressed in an inspection process and why are they not taken more seriously by the industry as compared to the nuisance complaints of noise, trash, and parking.  What steps need to be taken to keep guests safe in these typed of uses. How does an inspection process protect the firefighters and the community? How to balance being a proponent of the industry while making sure safety advocacy is paramount.

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