Two new online courses can help housebound learners understand Life Safety & Fire Protection Systems and ITM for Water-Based Fire Suppression Systems

April 16, 2020 – The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has launched two new online courses - Life Safety and Fire Protection Systems Fundamentals and NFPA 25 ITM of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems. The timely release of these digital courses is perfect for workers that have been furloughed, professionals toiling remotely, and engineering students and others looking to expand knowledge during COVID-19. Building owners, facility managers, commercial insurance agents, electrical workers, contract fire protection system installers, construction personnel, aspiring engineers, employers who oversee building and life safety professionals, and those interested in pursuing careers in the built environment will find value in these programs.

Life Safety and Fire Protection Systems Fundamentals

This is the first time that NFPA has offered a fundamentals course on life safety and fire protection. The two-hour training is a high-level course that is unlike most NFPA training. The curriculum does not deeply discuss codes, but rather explains how various codes (NFPA and others) impact these systems. The new fundamentals course is meant to introduce students to key concepts and terminology; and provide a broad understanding of egress, building systems, occupancy and use, building rehabilitation, emergency planning, detection and alarms, and sprinkler systems. The self-paced program includes expert-developed content, videos, and interactive exercises that follow a worker who is reviewing various facility systems and the impact that they have on fire and life safety. A certificate of completion and CEUs will be awarded after successful completion of the course.

NFPA 25, Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems:

This training has been updated to include the latest revisions to NFPA 25. The three-part, 3-hour, self-paced training series covers everything that is needed for maintaining water-based fire protection systems including sprinklers, fire pumps, water tanks and more. The curriculum is designed to help building owners and managers, installers, contractors, enforcement officials, and anyone with a role in ITM maintenance save time and money; and perform their job duties to a higher standard. The course features a combination of videos, custom animation components, and interactive activities where the stakeholder can navigate through different ITM scenarios. A key component of the training is the theatre which features a collection of short videos that demonstrate ITM procedures. A certificate of completion and CEUs will be awarded after successful completion of the course.

“In recent years, we have seen growing interest in our online learning offerings; and not surprisingly, that need has exponentially increased as workers currently find themselves at home due to COVID-19,” Bartholomew Jae, director of NFPA Education & Development said. “The fact that NFPA stakeholders are skilling up for when they return to their jobs is a silver lining to the pandemic. Their investment in learning more about fire and life safety now will, no doubt, benefit themselves, their company, and their customers in the future.”

NFPA offers a variety of online learning programs; and has also developed resources in recent weeks that support fully operational fire and life safety systems and adherence to codes and standards, while balancing the realities of the current world health crisis. 

For this release and other announcements about NFPA initiatives, research, and resources, please visit the NFPA press room.

As we navigate the evolving situation with COVID-19, we remain committed to supporting you with the resources you need to minimize risk and help prevent loss, injuries, and death from fire, electrical, and other hazards.

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