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Fire Prevention Association of Massachusetts Conference

May 13 & 14, 2024


Wellsworth Hotel

Southbridge MA

Registration Fees

Full Conference Monday/Tuesday $230.00  includes Continental breakfast each day, luncheon each day, all breaks and Dinner on Monday evening

Single Day Attendance                   $ 96.00     includes Continental breakfast, luncheon and all breaks

Extra Dinner guest                          $ 50.00

Regular Registration Deadline is April 12th

$50.00 late fee will be assessed for registrations received after this date

Registration cutoff is April 26th no registrations will be accepted after this date


Please note that all registrations must be submitted online regardless of the method of payment. If you require a hard copy for internal use or to process payment a hard copy is available to be printed.  Payments may be mailed with a copy of the registration form.

If you require an invoice you must email Rick Tustin directly.



May 13, 2024

730am             Registration Continental breakfast

9am                 Welcome – Opening Ceremony



930am             A1 – BFPR Appeal Process – Larry Fisher Chair BFPR                       

                            This session will provide an overview of the Appeal process for the BFPR and how Fire Prevention personnel can be better prepared when facing an                                    appeal.

                         A2 – Lithium-ion Battery systems – Bob Duval NFPA

                             This session will review the functioning and associated hazards presented by Lithium-ion batteries in use in society today.  These include household                                     products, micro mobility devices, electric vehicles and battery energy storage systems.



1030am           Break



11am                B1 – Garage systems NFPA 88 – Lt Chris Towski Cambridge Fire

                             This session will examine the requirements of NFPA 88 as it applies to garages

                         B2 – Lithium-Ion batteries continued                   



12pm  Lunch


                            C1 – Safeguarding Construction NFPA 241- Lt Chris Towski Cambridge Fire, Bob Duval NFPA

                            This session will review the requirements for safeguarding construction with a look at how the new building code impacts the requirements


                            C2 – Top Ten code issues facing fire prevention – Jen Hoyt Code Red Consultants

                            This session will review the top ten issues that Code Red is seeing effecting Fire codes and what Fire Prevention personnel need to be aware of.



230pm            Break and visit exhibitors


3pm                 D1 – Storage Buildings _ Brad Cronin


                            D2 – PV and ESS systems – Jake Nunnemacher Auburn Fire, Kristen McDonough DFS

                           This session will review the code requirements for the installation of PV and ESS systems and what the Fire Prevention Officer needs to be aware of                                   when approving plans and conducting inspections


530pm             Social Hour – Cash Bar


630pm            Dinner  (Included in full program registration)

May 14, 2024

8am                 Registration Continental Breakfast

9am                 Business meeting –


930am             E1 – BDA systems and what to know - RSI

                           This session will review the new requirements in the proposed 10th ed of the building code and the areas that fire prevention inspectors need to be                                        aware of.

                        E2 – Hoarding Case Study – Chief Tim Kelly Devens Fire

                            This session will use a hoarding case study to show how fire prevention can aid in resolving these incidents and lead to a code compliant outcome


1030am           Break



1100am            F1 – BDA systems continued - RSI

                         F2 – NFPA 3 & 4 what you need to know – Kurt Ruchala Jensen Hughes

                            This session will review the requirements of NFPA 3 & 4 in the proposed 10th ed of the Building Code                




12pm              Lunch


1pm                G1 – Two way emergency communication and NFPA 72 – Joseph Cervantes Space Age Technologies

                           Emergency Communications Systems (ECS). NFPA 72 2019 added definitions and language that supported these systems and the survivability of their                               installation. The 2022 edition now requires that product used for this intended purpose be UL 2525 tested and listed.
                           As more building and fire officials are becoming aware of the rigid requirements for these systems, an understanding the installation of these systems is                               an important conversation to have to ensure they work for the duration of the emergency. This discussion will focus on the minimum standards for two-                                 way communication system design, installation, and inspection/testing.

                           G2 – Residential Smoke alarm requirements NEW 10th ed – Gene Novak

                           This session will examine the code requirements for Appendix AJ _ Existing Buildings and Structures 780 CMR 51.00 Massachusetts Residential Code                               One- and Two-Family Dwellings: *Classification of Work * Smoke, Carbon and Heat Detection *Energy Storage Systems *Compliance Alternatives *And                               more...



2pm                Break


230pm            H1 – Two Way emergency communications continued – Joseph Cervantes


                        H2 – Residential Smoke alarm requirements continued – Gene Novak



330pm             Conference ends

Vendor Day

Monday May 13

Plan to visit with our Vendors during the day.

Their support helps to make our conference a success.

Vendors will be available from 8am to 5pm



Hotel Accommodations – Wellsworth Hotel 129.00 plus tax

Lodging reservations made directly with Hotel – 508-765-8000  Please state Fire Prevention Association of MA  when making reservation.

Reservation must be made by April 11, 2024


Do not include the hotel and conference registration fees together.


Please read carefully:  All registrations received after April 12, 2024 will be assessed a $50.00 late fee.  Deadline to register will be April 26, 202f4

Anyone canceling their registration up to ten days before the beginning of the conference will receive a full refund of their fees minus a $35.00 cancellation-processing fee.  All cancellations must be in writing.  Telephone cancellations will not be accepted unless a letter of cancellation immediately follows them. Email cancellations will be accepted.  The FPAM will charge conferees a $25.00 return check fee to cover administrative costs.

Additional Conference information can be found at:

Conference questions may be directed to

Rick Tustin; email or 339-221-3629

Please make checks payable to F.P.A.M.

Return registration form with full payment to:

FPAM Conference Registration

PO Box 2144

Amherst, MA.  01004-2144

Credit card payments may be made via PAYPAL at

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