The Fuse 47 Fire, A Case Study in NFPA 241
Jan
16
11:00 AM11:00

The Fuse 47 Fire, A Case Study in NFPA 241

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Mat Chibbaro, P.E.
Deputy Fire Marshal
Division of the Fire Marshal
National Institutes of Health

The Fuse 47 Building in College Park, MD was a 7 story Type I and Type III podium-style building a few months from occupancy when a 5-alarm fire devastated it. Unlike the many U.S. fires that have occurred in these types of buildings, a sustained interior attack ensued and the fire was eventually stopped at a large trench cut - despite challenges encountered with the construction, water supply, and standpipe systems. This dynamic presentation will cover the challenges faced during the firefighting operation and the aspects of the building that either helped or hampered firefighting efforts. Code-related aspects include both lessons re-learned from provisions currently in NFPA 241 and suggestions for improving the standard or amending it when adopted to better facilitate firefighting operations and protect buildings in their vulnerable incomplete stage.

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Energy Storage Systems: Fire Protection Research Foundation & NFPA Projects
Apr
10
11:30 AM11:30

Energy Storage Systems: Fire Protection Research Foundation & NFPA Projects

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Topic: Energy Storage Systems: Fire Protection Research Foundation & NFPA Projects
Speaker: Mr. Dan Gorham, NFPA
Date: Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Time: 11:30-1200 Business Meeting and Lunch; 12:00pm - 1:00pm Presentation
Location:  Fire & Risk Alliance Conference Room, Department of Fire Protection Engineering

Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS) is an emerging topic in the fire protection community. This presentation will discuss the impact and requirements of several existing NFPA documents (e.g. 1 and 70) as well as a new document NFPA 855, Standard on Station Energy Storage Systems, which is currently in draft development. Additionally, the presentation will discuss several projects that the NFPA Research Foundation is conducting to address the associated fire hazards.

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DC-Baltimore Rivalry, Take in the Nat's vs. O's at Nationals Stadium
Jun
19
5:00 PM17:00

DC-Baltimore Rivalry, Take in the Nat's vs. O's at Nationals Stadium

Whether you are a Nat's fan, an O's fan, or just want to take in what's sure to be a great baseball game, join other SFPE CC members for a night of America's pastime. Families welcome and encouraged to attend.

More details to come regarding pricing, timing, and food as the event gets closer. Keep this as a placeholder for now.

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NFPA 241 and Timber Construction
Dec
7
11:00 AM11:00

NFPA 241 and Timber Construction

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Register in advance and you will be automatically entered into a raffle to win a copy of the NFPA 20 and NFPA 30 Handbooks courtesy of NFPA (must be present to win)!

Robert Solomon from NFPA will give a presentation on safeguarding buildings during construction.

2017 has been remarkable thus far with regard to the number and severity of large, impactful fires involving residential construction and occupancies. Numerous construction site fires throughout the US including one in Maryland have resulted in an estimated direct property loss of $400M-well beyond the annual average of all construction fires. Wood frame construction has been at the center of this debate.

So what is behind these events that has caused 2017 to be so unusual?  A review of these fires, coupled with a look at what the related code provisions are (and are not) that got us to this point will be discussed. Where the potential gaps lie in the regulatory process, who is or should be filling those gaps and most importantly, what is being done right now to improve upon the culture of building construction site safety that should be present, but is missing will also be covered.

This presentation will involve an interactive portion where attendees will be logging into an online learning platform at www.kahoot.com.  You can test your knowledge individually or as a team.  The platform works equally well with smart phones, tablets or even laptops and is extremely easy to use.

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Hyperloop, high speed transportation, and the future of transportation and transportation safety
Nov
2
12:00 PM12:00

Hyperloop, high speed transportation, and the future of transportation and transportation safety

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This presentation will be given by the UMD Hyperloop team, the only US team of over 3,000 world-wide entrants to participate, compete, and run on the SpaceX Hyperloop track in both competitions. Members will have an opportunity to see the pod and shell on display at the time of the presentation.

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