M50 Mass Notification System Maintenance — A College Perspective
Presenter(s): David Sylvester, Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology
Mass notification systems (MNS) have the capability to provide real-time information and instructions to people during emergency situations for the protection of life. In order for MNS to operate as intended, it is critical that a proper maintenance program be implemented to ensure the performance of the system during an emergency incident. Right at the beginning of the project, Seneca College’s facilities management team provided direction regarding the maintainability and serviceability requirements for their MNS solution. This presentation addresses the ongoing maintenance challenges and lessons learned at Seneca College in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Seneca College implemented their mass notification system in 2010 at four campuses located across the Greater Toronto Area. These campus locations serve a student population of approximately 100,000 students. Sponsors: Building Fire Safety Systems Section, Fire Science and Technology Educators Section
M52 Moving Beyond RACE: The Next Step in Health Care Fire Safety (PDF, 59 KB)
Presenter(s): Susan McLaughlin and Steve Spaanbroek, MSL Healthcare Consulting
For many years, hospitals have been teaching RACE (Rescue, Alarm, Contain, and Extinguish/Evacuate) for staff fire response. But that may not be enough to mount an effective fire response. This session will discuss staff understanding of what their actions need to be as they move through the RACE acronym. The session will also explore the appropriate fire response in a mixed occupancy building.
Sponsor: Health Care Section
T17 Responders/Workers at Risk during Disaster Recovery and Cleanup (PDF, 218 KB)
Presenter(s): SeaRay Beltran, County of Maui
Assuring the safety and health of workers in the aftermath of any disaster requires planning and consideration of several issues. These operations can be very hazardous to workers. Depending on the type of disaster, these salvage cleanup and recovery operations can involve many exposures to workers, including hazardous chemicals, fuel and oil spill hazards, heat stress, electrical hazards, and structural safety just to name a few. A major recovery operation will require more than the capabilities of internal staff. It will likely require working with contractors and salvage specialists.
Sponsor: Industrial Fire Protection Section
T22 The Basics Every First Responder Needs to Know About the Disability Community (PDF, 634 KB)
Presenter(s): Allan Fraser, NFPA; Stacy Everson; SEEDS Educational Services, Inc.; Kate McCarthy-Barnett, FEMA; Kathryn Turner, MediPal Inc.; Jack Hudgens, Friedman Place; Chris Littlewood, St. Petersburg College
This interactive session will feature five experienced panelists who will discuss the primary needs of people with disabilities in each of the five main categories of disabilities which include mobility, vision, hearing, speech and cognitive disabilities. Their perspective will be geared towards an audience of fire service, first responders and emergency managers about what people with disabilities may need from them in the event of an emergency and how first responders can include the disability community in their planning and training. Questions will be encouraged.
Sponsors: Architects, Engineers, & Building Officials Section, Disability Access Review Advisory Committee
T25 2014 NEC Changes
Presenter(s): Michael Johnston, National Electrical Contractors Association; Keith Lofland, IAEI
This extensive and popular session analyzes the major changes to the National Electrical Code® (NEC®). IAEI members of the nineteen NEC code-making panels contributed to the development of the authoritative text, which covers more than 325 of the most significant changes and includes interpretations by the group that enforces the NEC. The PowerPoint presentation is loaded with illustrations, photos, and text that clearly identify and explain the changes and their impact to the electrical industry.
T31 Disaster Sheltering for General Population and First Responders (PDF, 456 KB)
Presenter(s): Eric Jones, Brandon Murray and Lt. Jim Reidy, San Antonio Fire Department
This session, which focuses on disaster-related sheltering for evacuees and responders, will be presented by San Antonio Fire Department personnel who have operated all aspects of evacuee and responder shelters, starting with Hurricane Katrina and involving Rita, Dean, Dolly, Edouard, Gustav, Ike, and Alex. The session will look at facilities, resources, personnel, and operations from pre-incident planning to demobilization. Topics to be discussed will include Shelter Manager, Shelter Assistant Manager, Shelter Worker, FNSS, and Pet Shelters along with relationships and interaction with involved agencies and organizations. Based on actual hands-on experience, best practices, and lessons learned from events involving multiple operations running simultaneously with populations from 200 to 8,000 at one mega shelter, this session will increase the capability for cities and communities to be self-sufficient in the area of disaster sheltering.
T46 Case Study: Staying in Business — Holding Back a Flood for 111 Days (PDF, 891 KB)
Presenter(s): Tom Lentz, Aon
In 2011 the Missouri river flooded from Bismarck, North Dakota, to Jefferson, Missouri. Businesses along this path had to endure 111 days of flood potential with minimal assistance from stretched-out local and federal authorities. This session will provide a case study of what one business did to minimize exposure and reduce business impact.
Sponsor: Industrial Fire Protection Section
W27 Life Safety and Special Event Emergency Operations Planning
Presenter(s): Jon Evenson and Melissa Meade, Rolf Jensen & Associates, Inc.
This session will highlight the coordination of a life safety evaluation and Special Event Emergency Operations Plan. The session will include specific examples from a case study for an existing baseball stadium. Based on NFPA 101®, Life Safety Code®, and NFPA 1, Fire Code, for assembly occupancies, the discussion of the life safety evaluation will include risk analysis, travel distances, occupant load calculations, and required egress capacity. The session will also focus on the importance of a structured approach to managing an emergency response during a special event developed specifically for the baseball stadium.
W30 Working Together for One Response — The Chicago Fire Department and Iconic Willis Tower
Presenter(s): Michael Schroeder, US Equities Asset Management; Anthony VanBuskirk, Chicago Fire Department
The Chicago Fire Department and personnel from the Willis Tower high-rise annually gather at the structure to participate in a joint training exercise. Exercises have ranged over the years from simulated fires in kitchens, office spaces, and tourist attractions. Each scenario brings with it a new set of challenges in this 1,450-foot vertical environment. From the “stack effect” to communications to search and rescue, both organizations face and overcome obstacles to fine tune their respective responses. This session will provide the attendee the opportunity of hearing lessons learned through a review of multiple joint high-rise fire exercises. Listen to the perspectives of a veteran CFD Deputy Chief and a private-sector life safety manager and learn how they work together to create one response.
W45 Combustible Dust: Firefighting Precautions (PDF, 2.5 MB)
Presenter(s): Mat Chibbaro, OSHA
Every year, a number of emergency responders are injured, and sometimes killed, while operating at facilities with combustible dusts. When responders have adequate information and training on the explosibility of combustible dust and the conditions present in the facility, incidents are more likely to be handled safely and effectively. Everyone is safer when plant and emergency personnel share information involving combustible dusts, develop safe procedures to handle incidents, and train together. This session provides the framework necessary to gather the appropriate information and translate it into safe operating procedures. Emergency responders include firefighters, fire brigade members, hazardous materials teams, and others who might be called upon when a fire or explosion occurs.
Sponsor: Industrial Fire Protection Section
W47 Improving Fire and Life Safety for People with Disabilities (PDF, 2.6 MB)
Presenter(s): Peter Berg and Jessica Madrigal, Great Lakes ADA Center
There is a great need to understand the challenges faced by persons with disabilities (i.e., physical, sensory, cognitive, psychiatric, etc.) and those faced by seniors in emergency situations. By 2030, the U.S. Census Bureau projects that one out of every three people will have a disability. Decreased mobility, health, sight, and hearing may limit a person’s ability to take the quick action necessary to escape during a fire emergency. This session will address the criteria and information necessary to integrate the needs of people with disabilities into an inclusive evacuation strategy. This session will help attendees understand the needs of persons with a range of disabilities and teach them how to work with building owners and managers, employers, and building occupants to formulate and maintain inclusive evacuation plans and procedures.
Sponsor: Disability Access Review Advisory Committee