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December Lunch & Learn, Fundraiser, & Toy Drive in DC! Hybrid Suppression and NFPA 770
Dec
11
11:30 AM11:30

December Lunch & Learn, Fundraiser, & Toy Drive in DC! Hybrid Suppression and NFPA 770

This months event will be held at the Sixth Engine restaurant in DC. Please note that this month all fees are optional and all funds received will be donated to A Wider Circle to help families in need during the holidays. We also will be collecting new, unwrapped toys. We have a matching donor that is willing to match donations up to $1,000 so please help us meet this goal. If you/your organization is interested in matching or donating please let us know.

TOPIC: Come learn about special hazards protection, NFPA 770, and hybrid protection systems. General information on the upcoming draft standard and the use of hybrid systems will be discussed. Victaulic will present the technology, uses, and advantages of a hybrid suppression system that utilizes nitrogen and atomized water droplets to extinguish fires in special hazards applications.

Greg Frey is a former SFPE CC board member and is presently with Victaulic.

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October Lunch & Learn: NFPA 13 2019 Edition
Oct
18
11:30 AM11:30

October Lunch & Learn: NFPA 13 2019 Edition

  • Fire & Risk Alliance Conference Room, Department of Fire Protection Engineering (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Updates to NFPA 13, 2019 edition
Kenneth E. Isman, P.E., FSFPE
Clinical Professor, University of Maryland Fire Protection Engineering

The 2019 Edition of NFPA 13 was approved by the Standards Council at their July 2018 meeting and has been issued with an August effective date.  This edition of the standard has been totally reorganized, the first major reorganization since 1999.  Ken Isman, member of at least one of the committees responsible for NFPA 13 for over 25 years will walk us through the new format and explain the logic behind the reorganization.  Make sure you come to this program so that you can find the sections you need.

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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

  • Fire & Risk Alliance Conference Room (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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

NFPA 241 and Timber Construction

  • Fire & Risk Alliance Conference Room (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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

  • Fire & Risk Alliance Conference Room (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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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