M02 Performance Requirements for Emergency Responder Interoperable Electronic Equipment (PDF, 1 MB)
Presenter(s): Casey Grant, Fire Protection Research Foundation
The fire service and other emergency first responders are currently benefiting from enhanced-existing and newly-developed electronic technologies for use with personal protective equipment (PPE) ensembles. Protective ensembles used by emergency first responders include or will soon include electronics such as communications, GPS and tracking, environmental sensing, physiological sensing, and other components now becoming practical solutions at emergency events. However, overall integration and coordination of these electronic-based technologies on a broad scale is lacking, and a standardized electronics integration platform/framework is needed. Integration of these components with the emergency responder ensemble is required for managing weight, space, heat, and power requirements, as well as to create the least interference and burden to the equipment user. To address this situation, a Fire Protection Research Foundation study has developed performance requirements for the compatibility and interoperability of electronic equipment used by fire service and other emergency first responders.
Sponsor: Fire Protection Research Foundation
M15 Wildfire in the Built Environment; a Case Study of the Waldo Canyon Wildfire in Colorado Springs (PDF, 7.8 MB)
Presenter(s): Brett Lacey and Christina Randall, Colorado Spring Fire Department
This session focuses on lessons learned from the Waldo Canyon fire and its impact on the Colorado Springs Community. The session looks not only at wildfire conditions but the building features and social aspects that contributed to losses and success stories.
M16 Firefighting Tactics for Combustible Metal Roof Decks
Presenter(s): Peter McBride, Ottawa Fire Services; Cameron McCartney, National Research Council Canada
Commercial roofs with combustible components, such as foam insulation, can lead to complex fires that are challenging to control while keeping firefighters safe. Various tactics have been developed for fighting fires in combustible metal roof decks (CMRDs), including trenching, deck washing, and thermal decoupling. This session presents the results of full-scale experiments where these tactics were applied to three types of CMRDs during controlled fires. Temperature measurements throughout the roofs and visual observations were used to determine the relative benefits and challenges of each tactic, including deployment speed, required crew size, and effectiveness in preventing fire and smoke spread through roofs.
Sponsor: Research Section
M22 NFPA 1033: Practical Application and Updates (PDF, 520 KB)
Presenter(s): George Wendt, Travelers Insurance Company
This session will provide an update on the changes to the new edition of NFPA 1033, Standard for Professional Qualifications for Fire Investigator, as well as provide information as to how the document can be used as a means to improve the quality of a fire investigator’s work.
Sponsor: Fire Science and Technology Educators Section
M25 Bridging the Gap Between Fire Suppression and Prevention (PDF, 636 KB)
Presenter(s): Tim Annis, Davis Fire Dept.
This session discusses a variety of topics regarding the good, the bad, and the ugly of the relations between suppression, prevention, code compliance, and fireground operations. The session will attempt to bridge the gap, bringing together the fire department divisions in a cohesive, cooperative, and efficient model to further our mission in the fire service, to preserve life, property, and the environment. You will hear perspectives on how code directly relates to fireground operations and how a commitment to fire prevention and a good understanding of operations is essential for all stakeholders. We will explore the concepts of firehouse culture and motivational factors as they relate to fire prevention. We will also discuss some of the realities and design options to overcome roadblocks in bringing together all facets of the fire service to effectively specify minimum life safety code requirements.
Sponsor: International Fire Marshals Association
M26 TVO Kids Push the Button Campaign (PDF, 436 KB)
Presenter(s): Samantha Hoffmann, Barrie Fire And Emergency Service; Marney Malabar, TVO Kids
Increasingly, it is evident that the fire service, schools, families, and communities should work closely with each other to meet their mutual goals. This session will show participants about a successful partnership between TVO Kids (a public broadcasting company) and the fire service in the Province of Ontario. This session will review the partnership, the media coverage, training videos, and social media strategy used to educate and keep the children in the province of Ontario safe from fire.
M28 Interfacing Elevator Controls with Fire Alarm and Sprinkler Systems (PDF, 1.1 MB)
Presenter(s): Sagiv Weiss-Ishai, San Francisco Fire Department
New elevator technologies are rapidly developing and changing. Elevators, especially in high-rise buildings, can be an extremely useful tool for firefighters to fight fires and rescue occupants. Among the new elevator types are the fire service, occupant egress, machine room-less, and destination dispatch elevators. Building and fire codes such as IBC/IFC and NFPA standards are constantly evolving to keep up with the elevator technology changes and to address the firefighters’ use of elevators during emergencies. The intent of this session is to address specific IBC, NFPA 13, NFPA 72®, and ASME A17.1 code requirements related to fire emergency operation in different types of elevators.
Sponsor: Building Fire Safety Systems Section
M33 Bushfire and Community Safety in Australia (PDF, 2.6 MB)
Presenter(s): Rob Llewellyn, International Fire Protection Pty, Ltd.
The Australasian Fire Authorities Council (AFAC) position on bushfires and community safety was revised in 2010 following the disastrous 2009 bushfires. The position is again being revised to be published in November 2012. The AFAC position promotes the safety of people and their property when threatened by bushfire. The position is based on extensive experience and substantial research, particularly the reactions of human beings when they are preparing for or threatened by fire, leading to many insights into what people will do in response to perceived risk and how they respond when threatened by bushfire. This session will review the research carried out since the 2009 bushfires and present the 2012 AFAC position.
Sponsor: Fire Science and Technology Educators Section
M40 Investigating Fires and Explosions: How Courts Are Utilizing NFPA 921 to Judge the Conduct of Investigators, Engineers, and Insurance Companies
Presenter(s): Glennon Fogarty, Husch Blackwell LLP
This session will present a roadmap to courts’ use of NFPA 921, Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigations. The methods utilized by investigators, insurance companies, engineers, and other professionals to identify, collect, preserve, and test artifacts are routinely at issue. Over 50 court decisions since January 2010 have cited NFPA 921. The implications of failing to properly preserve evidence are significant, as such conduct may result in the exclusion of crucial evidence, an “adverse inference” ruling against the party engaging in spoliation, or even subject a party to tort liability. This PowerPoint presentation and lecture will discuss real-life applications of NFPA 921, including key court rulings regarding allegations that investigators, insurance companies, attorneys, or others have failed to properly preserve evidence or otherwise comply with NFPA 921.
Sponsor: Fire Science and Technology Educators Section
M42 Community Risk Reduction –- A Positive Experience in the U.S. (PDF, 1.9 MB)
Presenter(s): Frank Blackley, Wilmington North Carolina Fire Department; Jim Crawford, Vision 20/20; Derrick Sawyer, Philadelphia Fire Department
Community Risk Reduction (CRR) principles are being used in numerous U.S. fire departments with results showing that a highly successful concept for reducing fire losses in other countries is also working here. CRR is about identifying community risks by station response area, and creating both emergency response and prevention strategies designed to mitigate those risks. A number of these programs have been supported by the Institution of Fire Engineers (U.S. Branch), a Vision 20/20 project with Assistance to Firefighter Grant funding. Panelists in this session will show experiences using the CRR approach from their fire departments and offer recommendations for making it work in yours, along with a focus on the available CRR tools on the Vision 20/20 website, www.strategicfire.org.
Sponsors: Education Section, Fire Science and Technology Educators Section, International Fire Marshals Association
M45 High-Rise Evacuation for People with Special Needs (PDF, 2.1 MB)
Presenter(s): Quentin Maver, Charlotte Fire Department; Mike Tobin, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Emergency Management Office
This session will feature lessons learned from a full-scale evacuation of a 12-story high-rise for persons with special needs.
Sponsors: Architects, Engineers, & Building Officials Section, Disability Access Review Advisory Committee
M48 Overview and Update on NFPA 1730 — Fire Prevention Organization and Deployment (PDF, 442 KB)
Presenter(s): James Dawson, Chesterfield Fire and EMS; Ronald Farr, UL
This session will provide an update on NFPA 1730, Standard on Organization and Deployment of Code Enforcement, Plan Review, Fire Investigation, and Public Education Operations to the Public.
T02 Emergency Responder Research to Practice (PDF, 2.5 MB)
Presenter(s): Mustafa Abbasi, University of Texas - Austin; Jeff Burgess, University of Arizona; Casey Grant, Fire Protection Research Foundation; Joseph Scheffey, Hughes Associates Inc.; Kenneth Willette, NFPA
In the last decade there has been a multitude of research projects addressing important issues relating to emergency responders. This session will provide an overview of selected pertinent projects to enable an interactive discussion with participants to clarify future research needs. The focus will be on research work that is being administered through the Fire Protection Research Foundation, NFPA’s research affiliate. A brief overview will be provided of the most applicable emergency responder related research, and three case study projects will be reviewed in further details to exemplify the work being done. The three case study projects are: (1) International Comparison of SOPs/SOGs; (2) Fire Hose Friction Loss Coefficients; and (3) Next Generation of PASS.
Sponsor: Fire Protection Research Foundation
T06 Residential Cooking Safety Report and Recommendations (PDF, 27 KB)
Presenter(s): Howard Hopper, UL
This session summarizes the work done by an IAFC Fire and Life Safety Section task force to evaluate hazards associated with residential cooking safety.
Sponsors: Education Section, International Fire Marshals Association
T09 The Risk of Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) Exposure, Colonization and Infection in EMS Personnel and the Patients They Treat
Presenter(s): Thomas Walsh, Weill Medical College of Cornell University
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) has become a significant problem in health care and community settings. Infection with this “superbug” results in significant morbidity and mortality rates and is recognized as a major public health threat. This session presents the risks of exposure, colonization, and infection to EMS personnel and strategies for reducing those risks.
T11 A Risk-Based Decision Support Tool to Assist Fire Departments in Managing Unwanted Alarms (PDF, 257 KB)
Presenter(s): Marty Ahrens and John Hall, Jr., NFPA
From 1980 to 2009, the number of fire department emergency responses more than doubled, from 10.8 million to 26.5 million. This was primarily driven by the more than tripling of medical aid calls, from 5.0 million in 1980 to 17.1 million in 2009. Fire department budgets have not kept pace with this rising volume of workload, and particularly in recent years, there has been increased concern about the cost of unnecessary responses. From 1980 to 2009, the number of emergency responses to fires fell by more than half, from 3.0 million to 1.3 million, and the number of emergency responses for fires or mutual aid fell by about one-fifth, from 3.3 million to 2.6 million. However, emergency responses to false alarms during this same time period more than doubled, from 0.9 million to 2.2 million. The false alarm problem has changed over the past third of a century from a problem of malicious false alarms to a problem of non-fire activations of automatic detection and alarm systems. To try to address this issue, the Fire Protection Research Foundation and NFPA have undertaken a research project focusing on developing a risk management tool for local fire departments to aid development of informed strategies to address the unwanted alarm issue in commercial buildings.
*This presentation was revised in August 2013. See the slides that were changed. (PDF, 135 KB)
Sponsors: Building Fire Safety Systems Section, Fire Protection Research Foundation
T14 Hospital High-Rise Fire and Incident Management Scenario (PDF, 1.5 MB)
Presenter(s): Kevin McGovern, St. Vincent Hospital
High-rise firefighting is one of the most complex areas challenging the fire service to date. In a hospital setting with nonambulatory patients and family members wanting to stay with and help their loved ones, this situation becomes more complex and demanding on hospital staff and responding fire companies. Joint training scenarios with first-responding staff and responding fire companies provides many opportunities. Some of those opportunities include reinforcing known policies and procedures, discovering unknown deficiencies, providing an opportunity to test the entire system together, and developing better working relationships.
Sponsor: Health Care 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
T23 Understanding the U.S. Firefighter Fatality Problem in 2012 (PDF, 1 MB)
Presenter(s): Thomas Hales, NIOSH, CDC; Rita Fahy and Kenneth Willette, NFPA
The results of NFPA’s 2012 firefighter fatality study will be presented, along with two or three multi-year analyses of specific aspects of the firefighter fatality problem, including a look at NIOSH’s investigation of deaths related to medical issues. NFPA standards that address issues raised in the fatality study and NIOSH investigations will also be discussed, particularly as related to strategies for local departments to use to minimize chances of such events occurring.
Sponsors: Fire Service Section, Research Section
T24 Industrial/Ammonia Refrigeration — Inspection and Emergency Response Considerations (PDF, 810 KB)
Presenter(s): Jeffrey Shapiro, International Code Consultants
Occupancies with cold storage and refrigerated food processing can be found in most jurisdictions, and they are essential to the delivery of perishable food products. This program provides a basis for effective pre-planning, inspection, and emergency response for these facilities, including instruction on how refrigeration systems work and on chemical refrigerants that these systems use, typically ammonia. Armed with knowledge of how industrial refrigeration systems operate, facility operators, inspectors, and emergency responders will be better prepared to prevent and manage incidents to ensure public and emergency responder safety.
Sponsors: Industrial Fire Protection Section, International Fire Marshals Association
T30 Models in Fire Prevention: Effective Community Risk Reduction (PDF, 787 KB)
Presenter(s): Michael McLeieer, Merrimac Fire Department
Using the successes of the Merrimac (Massachusetts) Fire Department, this session will focus on model evaluation measures and model fire prevention/public education programs for Community Risk Reduction. Participants will understand how Merrimac Fire was able to identify fire and life safety risks, prioritize them, focus energy on mitigation and prevention, including the importance of balancing emergency responses with proactive focused prevention efforts, and how the department became more of a community player to reach everyone throughout its primary response area. An emphasis was placed on marketing strategies, building rapport, and leveraging community resources, including alternative funding sources to execute the Community Risk Reduction plan, leading to a safer community.
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.
T32 Diamonds are Forever! Using NFPA 704 in a Globally Harmonized World (PDF, 4.2 MB)
Presenter(s): Ronald Keefer, Menlo Park Fire Protection District; David Phelan, Bergenfield Fire Department; Guy Colonna, and Nancy Pearce, NFPA; Maureen Ruskin, OSHA; James Vigerust, Shaw Group
NFPA 704, Standard System for the Identification of the Hazards of Materials for Emergency Response, has been providing emergency responders with a simple, readily recognizable system of marking chemicals since it was officially adopted in 1961. The NFPA 704 system is used both nationally and internationally. The implementation of the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) worldwide and the more recent adoption of GHS by OSHA have caused concern among emergency responders about the future of NFPA 704. This session is a panel discussion designed to present an overview of changes to OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard (HazCom 2012), to point out the differences between the GHS and NFPA 704 labeling systems, and to discuss the potential impact on emergency responders.
Sponsor: Industrial Fire Protection Section
T40 Best Practices for Emergency Response to Incidents Involving Electric Vehicle Battery Hazards
Presenter(s): Richard Long, Exponent
In 2009, NFPA began a partnership with emergency responders, government regulators, and the automotive industry to develop and implement a comprehensive training program for emergency response to electric vehicle (EV) incidents. Currently, this program provides safety training to emergency responders in order to prepare them for their role in safely handling incidents involving EVs. It has a lack of data to draw on to address the potential hazards associated with damaged EV batteries. In particular, there is very limited, publicly available, validated information regarding response to fires involving electric vehicles and the towing, dismantling, and disposal associated with damaged battery incidents. This research project provides the technical basis for training guidance for first responder emergency response procedures for EV battery incidents.
T49 Risk Identification and Mitigation in EMS Systems
Presenter(s): Kendall Holland, NFPA
While there are many NFPA fire service standards that require recognition, development, and use of a risk management plan, one has to be able to apply those to EMS systems that might not provide any fire suppression activities. This session will provide the attendees and end users of these standards with a fundamental understanding of how to apply these fire service standards to EMS systems using many of the existing standards. This session will also point out the many different EMS standards that NFPA has developed and how to use them in identifying and mitigating risk in their communities.
T50 Firefighter Health Hazards in the New Fire Environment (PDF, 507 KB)
Presenter(s): C. Stuart Baxter, University of Cincinnati Medical Center
The use of synthetic residential building materials makes today’s fires more dangerous than ever. This suggests the high importance of monitoring exposure to the chemicals that have been identified as specific combustion products of these materials, and understanding the different kinds of toxicity, both short and long term, linked to exposure to them at the modern fire site. Cancer, heart disease, and reproductive outcomes have been proposed as potential results of exposure to these agents, and the role of them in firefighter disease profiles reported will be assessed. Procedures for protecting firefighters from them will also be discussed.
T58 Risk Management in the Fire Service (PDF, 577 KB)
Presenter(s): Orlando Hernandez, NFPA; Dean Larson, Larson Performance Consulting, LLC
Implementing the recommended practices for risk management from NFPA 1250, Recommended Practice in Fire and Emergency Services Organization Risk Management, and ISO 31000 has produced lessons learned that suggest potential changes may be needed.
Sponsor: Fire Science and Technology Educators Section
T62 Foam for Interior Attack: Myths and Reality (PDF, 1.5 MB)
Presenter(s): Thomas Korman, California Polytechnic State University; Daniel Madrzykowski, NIST/BFRL
Many fire departments throughout the U.S. have acquired and deployed Compressed Air Foam Systems (CAFS) for use in structural firefighting, but they have since decommissioned CAFS units due to safety concerns in recent years. This session summaries the results of a two-year study conducted by Fire Protection Engineering Program at Cal Poly in partnership with NIST and the Fire Protection Research Foundation to study the application, safety, and effectiveness of CAFS for structural firefighting.
Sponsors: Fire Protection Research Foundation, Fire Science and Technology Educators Section
T65 Let’s Make This Year the Year to Do Something About the Response to Unwanted Alarm System Initiated Incidents — Collaborate to Solve Some Issues (PDF, 356 KB)
Presenter(s): Peter Bryan, Bryan and Associates Consulting
For many fire service agencies, the demands for service are rapidly exceeding the available resources. Often, incident responses are initiated by fire alarm or fire sprinkler monitoring systems. Much of the time, those responses are not necessary based on the conditions found by responding personnel. A public–private partnership can provide for a means to support both the industry’s and fire department’s needs, and at the same time, it can reduce unwanted responses. Learn how one California agency was successful in reducing unwanted responses by 13% in one year.
T66 The State of the Science in Fireground Rehab (PDF, 810 KB)
Presenter(s): David Hostler, University of Pittsburgh
Exertional heat stress is a common but often unrecognized hazard for firefighters and other public safety personnel. Resulting from a combination of workload, environment, and protective clothing, exertional heat stress often places firefighters in jeopardy. There are multiple techniques to mitigate the effects of heat stress to both increase firefighter safety and continue effective operations on the fireground. Reporting on our experience with the Fireground Rehab Evaluation (FIRE) Trial and the Enhanced Firefighter Rehab (EFFoRT) Trial, this session will demonstrate multiple, low-cost ways to implement emergency incident rehab and how to scale the rehab response to match the intensity of the incident.
Sponsors: Fire Science and Technology Educators Section, Research Section
T71 Taking Your Social Media Presence to the Next Level
Presenter(s): Lauren Backstrom and Michael Hazell, NFPA
So you have the basics down and your organization is active on all of the big social media platforms, but now what? This session will go into detail on how to expand your social presence, increase engagement, manage your platforms and authors using social media policies, and measure the return on investment. Several successful case studies will be highlighted as well.
W05 Bullets, Gun Powder, and Primers! Oh My! What Really Happens to Small Arms Ammunition in a Fire? (PDF, 364 KB)
Presenter(s): Richard Bielen, and Derek Duval, NFPA
Sporting goods stores, big box stores, guns shops, hardware stores, Doomsday Preppers and their competition, and target shooters will display or store thousands of rounds of small arms ammunition. Should the fire department and public be concerned if there is a fire in the storage or display area? This session will explore what really happens to small arms ammunition, smokeless powder, and primers when exposed to a fire. The requirements of NFPA 495, Explosive Materials Code, will be reviewed, as well as the results of fire tests and observations from structure fires.
W08 What 30 Years of Emergency Service Vehicle Driver Training Has Taught Us (PDF, 1.1 MB)
Presenter(s): Steven Rabine, VFIS Education Training and Consulting
For over 30 years VFIS has been the leader in training emergency service vehicle operators, developing and implementing state of the art classroom and highway safe driver training techniques. This session will discuss what we have learned in those 30 years to make driver training more effective in the future.
W09 All Hazards Emergency Response Teams (ERT) — Public and Private Partnerships (PDF, 761 KB)
Presenter(s): Matthew Brown and Richard Douglas, United States Steel
This session, “All Hazards Emergency Response Teams (ERT) — Public and Private Partnerships,” is a reality-based example of a private-sector not-for-profit ERT program. The session will also discuss public and private partnerships — the good, the bad, and the unknown.
W12 Hitting the Target (PDF, 2 MB)
Presenter(s): Jason Thelwell, Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service
The number of fires is determined by the type and environment in which people live, not necessarily the neighborhood. If services target their prevention techniques in a specific way, they can reduce the risk to residents. The campaign must be focused and use a variety of different techniques, which are applicable to types of families that may be involved in fire. This session examines how Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service has modeled its prevention and response techniques to identify and target these risks in the community and reduce the number of fires and their effects. The presentation will talk about the different groups who are involved in fires, how they live and what influences them, and how to ensure that the correct prevention technique is applied.
W21 Fire Sprinkler Initiatives: A Case Study of Creative Implementation (PDF, 1.4 MB)
Presenter(s): Maria Figueroa, NFPA; Scott Somers, City of Mesa
One of the goals of NFPA’s Fire Sprinkler Initiative is to provide the advocacy tools needed to get local governments to require home fire sprinklers. But opponents of sprinklers are convincing state lawmakers to introduce bills to prohibit local adoption. This session will discuss the current status of anti-sprinkler legislation. It further provides a case study of how one community is finding creative ways to fund fire sprinkler initiatives despite a state ban on local sprinkler ordinances. One program installs home fire sprinklers in low- to moderate-income housing. Another program is a city-run Sprinkler Cost Assistance Program grant to encourage revitalization of underutilized commercial space downtown. The discussion will include the challenges of federal grant obligations and program reporting. Estimates of economic and job impacts will be presented.
W24 How to Design and Deliver an Effective Fire Safety Presentation (PDF, 1.3 MB)
Presenter(s): Jill Glanz, Prevention is Key
Utilizing my 20 years of experience in the fire service and 10 plus years as a Public Education Specialist, I will provide attendees with the essential key points to create an effective fire safety presentation for a variety of audiences. In addition, I will share first-hand experience, knowledge, and personal know-how to help prepare participants to take home what they’ve learned and immediately begin to implement this knowledge to deliver a presentation that reaches out and truly impacts their community members.
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.
W33 What’s New and What Has Changed in NFPA 1582, 2012 Edition (PDF, 21 KB)
Presenter(s): Fabrice Czarnecki and Daniel Samo, Northwestern Memorial Physicians Group
Presented by physicians on the technical committee, this session will highlight the changes to NFPA 1582, Standard on Comprehensive Occupational Medical Program for Fire Departments. The most important changes have to do with prostheses, pregnancy, aerobic capacity, total joint replacements, and sleep apnea.
W34 National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) — Nationwide, Statewide, and Local Fire Data at Your Fingertips (PDF, 304 KB)
Presenter(s): Marty Ahrens, NFPA; Marion Long, United States Fire Administration
The value of collecting fire data is using the data to help manage resources, support programs, and reduce injuries and deaths resulting from fire and other life threatening situations. The National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) contains the largest database of fire incidents in the world. The data are now at your fingertips using the NFIRS Enterprise Data Warehouse. The steps to get and use the data are easy once you learn the basics.
W43 Traffic Incident Management: Protecting our First Responders and Motorists (PDF, 465 KB)
Presenter(s): Douglas Forsman, Champaign Fire Department
The injuries and deaths caused by secondary crashes following a traffic incident continue to be a problem for first responders and motorists. This session discusses the efforts of the Federal Highway Administration in cooperation with the emergency services to develop consistent and concise traffic incident management policies and training.
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
W46 Firefighter Safety and the Building Codes, A Necessary Partnership (PDF, 3.8 MB)
Presenter(s): Robert Davidson, Davidson Code Concepts LLC; Sean DeCrane, Cleveland Division of Fire
Many firefighters go to work each day believing the fire station is their workplace. This could not be further from the truth. Today’s fire service must start regarding the fire station as their staging area. The buildings that have been constructed or are being constructed are the true work environments. The staging area is where we assemble and prepare ourselves for the tasks before us. When we report to the station this is what we are doing, preparing ourselves. But are we effectively preparing ourselves? The purpose of this session is to address the many areas where the building and fire codes impact firefighter and civilian safety. We will discuss specific areas of the code, how they came into the code requirements, and some of the reasons why they are required. We will also discuss the process of code involvement and how not only can firefighters impact their own safety, but citizens can make an impact in areas of the code where requirements impact their safety. The Staging Area is where we assemble and prepare ourselves for the tasks before us. When we report to the station this is what we are doing, preparing ourselves. But are we effectively preparing ourselves? The purpose of this proposed seminar is to address the many areas where the Building and Fire Codes impact fire fighter and civilian safety. We will discuss specific areas of the code, how they came into the code requirements and some of the reasons they are required. We will also discuss the process of code involvement and how not only can fire fighters impact their own safety but citizens can make an impact in areas of the code where requirements impact their safety.
Sponsor: Architects, Engineers, & Building Officials Section
W50 Changes and Challenges in NFPA Pro-Qual
Presenter(s): Tom McGowan, NFPA
The fire service and emergency responders are well-invested in the infrastructure of professional qualifications (Pro-Qual). The key components of this infrastructure are the various Codes & Standards that form the basis for training and the professional competency and qualifications for local, state, provincial, and federal public safety personnel. The NFPA Pro-Qual Project is continually evolving with a positive anticipation of harmonization, synchronization, and coordination challenges, which can only lead to a higher quality product. The commitment by Public Fire Protection is to “Change and Challenge” all stakeholders of the NFPA Pro-Qual Project. Through administration, implementation, and documentation, the goal of this interactive presentation is to establish a common understanding of how the individual elements of the Pro-Qual Project relates and interact to provide the best value to all of the Pro-Qual stakeholders. The changes and challenges are unique. Primarily used for accreditation and certification, the Pro-Qual Project documents are relatively well-evolved. Material garnered from the Pro-Qual project includes emergency responder safety, training, and education. NFPA technical committees are involved with different aspects of professional qualifications, and the focus and interest continue to be coordinated. Baseline requirements included in these standards provide a foundation for emergency responder professional qualifications.
W55 Behind the Curtain: Safety Backstage in Live Event Theatrical Productions (PDF, 2.7 MB)
Presenter(s): Eddie Kramer, Eddie Raymond, and Alan Rowe, IATSE
Live Event theatrical productions happen all over the country and local officials may be unfamiliar with the safe practices employed by this industry. This session will familiarize the attendee to the terms, processes, and personnel in the live event theatrical productions. Parts of NFPA 70®, National Electrical Code®, and NFPA 101®, Life Safety Code®, as well as means of egress, the use of aerial lifts, and specific safety techniques employed by our industry, will be covered. This session is intended to cover basic safety practices that the AHJ should be aware of and will not focus on special activities such as pyrotechnics.