Fire Prevention Association of Massachusetts Conference
May 6 & 7, 2019
Monday May 6th
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May 6, 2019
730am Registration Continental breakfast
9am Welcome – Opening Ceremony
930am Session A1 – BDA Acceptance testing and final inspection for the fire prevention officer– John Houlihan
This two hour session will cover the requirements for acceptance testing for BDA installations and also cover the final inspection requirements from a fire prevention code aspect.
930am Session A2 – Smoke and CO alarm requirements – Mike Grossman
This 2 hour session will review the installation of smoke alarms and CO alarms per the requirements of both 527 CMR1.0 and 780 CMR
11am Session A1 – BDA acceptance and inspection continued
11am Session A2 – Smoke and CO continued
1pm General Session – DFS Side by side sprinkler prop. Mike Young/ DFS
This General session will go over how to use the side by side prop and will include a live demonstration.
3pm Session B1 – Chapter 34 Existing Building Code – Dana Haagensen
This session will cover the requirements of Chapter 34 of the building code. When do you apply it and what is involved
3pm Session B2 – Photovoltaics Q & A – Jen Hoyt DFS
This interactive session will discuss the various code and safety issues surrounding the PV industry. This will be a question and answer format so bring your questions.
530pm Social Hour – Cash Bar
630pm Dinner (Included in full program registration)
May 7, 2019
8am Registration Continental Breakfast
9am Business meeting –
930am C1 – Oil Burner Installations What to inspect - DFS
This session will review the inspection requirements for oil burner installations
930am C2 – Plan Review Documentation– Kurt Ruchala
This presentation will cover the documentation requirements for obtaining a building permit within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for fire protection systems. We will review Tier 1, Tier 2, and Tier 3 submittal requirements as outlined in Section 901.2.1 of the Massachusetts State Building Code – 9th edition. We will also discuss the documentation requirements found in Chapter 4 on Special Occupancies, Chapter 17 Special Inspections, and Chapter 34 Existing Buildings
1045am D1 – – History of Fire part 2 – Tim Kelly, Dep Chief Devens Fire
History of Fire in America” will look at the origins of many of our codes by looking at historical fires and the lessons learned from them. Fire Prevention Officers can learn from the past and look at cases in history where we have made tragic mistakes by not learning from History. Often when a Fire Prevention Officer is speaking to a building owner about a code violation, understanding the history that created that code can allow the Fire Prevention Officer to educate the building owner as to why the code exists. Sometimes when building owners know why the code exists, they are more likely to comply with its requirements. This class will equip Fire Prevention Officers with the history behind some of our most important codes.
1045am D2 – BBRS Appeals – Dana Haagensen
This session will review the appeals from the BBRS and how they affect code requirements for fire protection.
1pm General Session – Merrimack Valley Gas explosions lessons learned.
Paul Vigneau from DFS will recap the event, response and aftermath of the gas explosions and will discuss the lessons learned.
230pm Session E1 – Safeguarding Construction NFPA 241 – Chris Towski, Lt Cambridge Fire
A panel presentation through the eyes of the fire service on the requirements and enforcement of NFPA 241, Safeguarding Construction, Alternation, and Demolition Operations. These operations present an increased potential for fire due to the presence of large quantities of combustible materials and debris, as well as unusual ignition sources that may not be present following construction operations. Discussion will cover historic fires, the regulatory code path, gaps in the construction industry and real life examples of some of the issues commonly found.
230pm Session E2 – Spray Booths –Code requirements for automotive shops – DFS
This session will review the code and safety requirements for spray booths located in automotive repair shops.
4pm Conference ends