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NFPA 770 First Draft Meeting Underway In Milwaukee August 29, 2018

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NFPA’s technical committee on Hybrid (Water and Inert Gas) Fire Extinguishing
Systems is meeting  in Milwaukee, Wisconsin now through Thursday, August 30th.

The committee is following NFPA’s Standards Development Process.   Milestones that mark the committee’s progress after the conclusion of this first draft meeting are:

First Draft Report Posting Date: February 27, 2019

Second Draft
Public Comment Closing Date:  May 8, 2019

Second Draft Report Posting Date: January 22, 2020

Motions Committee Report (NITMAM)
NITMAM Closing Date: February 19, 2020

NITMAM Posting Date: April 1, 2020

Should no NITMAM’s be posted, this new standard could be released in the Spring of 2020.  If NITMAM’s are posted, then the release date would be after the NFPA Annual meeting in June of 2020.

 

To learn more about the committee and its progress click here.

Technical Committee Reviews To Review NFPA 770 Public Comments In Milwaukee August 27, 2018

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NFPA’s technical committee on Hybrid (Water and Inert Gas) Fire Extinguishing Systems will gather in Milwaukee, Wisconsin beginning on Tuesday, August 28 through Thursday, August 30th.

The committee is set to review, discuss and act upon the 82 public comments received on the Standard’s first draft.  The breakdown of public comments include:

Chapter 1 – Administration : 1 proposal
Chapter 3 – Definitions :2 proposals
Chapter 4 – General : 4 proposals
Chapter 5 – Components : 33 proposals
Chapter 6 – System Design Requirements : 2 proposals
Chapter 7 – Design-Total Flooding : 17 proposals
Chapter 8 – Design-Local Application :7 proposals
Chapter 10 – System Documentation : 3 proposals
Chapter 11 – Installation Requirements : 3 proposals
Chapter 12 – Acceptance Testing : 1 proposal
Chapter 13 – Inspection, Testing & Maintenance : 8 proposals
Annex A – Explanatory : 3 proposals

All NFPA Technical Committee meetings are open to the public. Please contact Yiu Lee, Project Administrator for
information on attending the meeting as a guest at 617-984-7683 or by email ylee@nfpa.org.

To learn more about the committee and its progress click here.

Popular Installers’ Townhall & Other Activities at 36th FSSA Meeting February 20, 2018

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The popular installers’ townhall meeting was held on the last day of the the 36th annual meeting of the Fire Suppression Systems Association at the Las Palmas Resort in Rancho Mirage, California.

Over 100 installer member companies attended the morning meeting. A wide range of topics were covered including how to attract labor, best practices with design and estimating software, ideas on how to minimize employees use of smartphones while driving, and R&D tax credits available for contractors.

SFPE’s Victoria Valentine discusses fire system inspection, testing and maintenance awareness.

Participants offered examples and real-life experiences on several of the topics. Many attendees learned of new ways of looking at old problems. The 90 minute session went quickly as members exchanged views, ideas and opinions.

Prior to the close of the conference, FSSA members also attended sessions with topics ranging from turning system deficiencies into a profitable revenue stream; best practices for creating awareness of need for inspection, testing and maintenance as well as several supplier/vendor presentations from companies participating in the first ever Supplier Expo.

The 32nd annual meeting concludes today, February 20th.

36th Annual FSSA Meeting Highlights Industry’s Best February 18, 2018

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Members gather for start of 36th Annual FSSA Meeting

The start of the Fire Suppression Systems Association’s 36th Annual meeting featured presentations by many of the industry’s best practitioners.   Opening keynote speaker, Jim Smith, Jr gave an inspirational presentation on  the value of not just going “to” the next level, but “beyond”.  His message infused personal stories of triumph and failure as well as video selections and quotable quotes from a variety of sources on breaking down barriers to achieving one’s best.  He further challenged the attendees by asking them to pair-up and share their greatest accomplishments, goals, barriers, and action plans with each other.

A new feature of this year’s Annual Meeting was the presentation of unique application solutions by four selected member installers.  ASSI presented their solution and approach to protecting gloveboxes with high-air flows; BFPE showcased how they installed air-sampling detection throughout a famous alabaster-colored house in Washington, D.C.; Orr Protection highlighted the challenges of installing watermist in an unusual location under movable auditorium seats and Protectowire presented the application of their new fiber-optic based linear heat detector in a large aircraft service hanger.

The day’s presentations also included technical and NFPA updates from Technical Chair, Dan Hubert and Technical Director, Tom Wysocki.

The final presentation by BFPE highlighted their approach to acquiring and retaining the best help in a competitive employment market.

The FSSA’s Annual Meeting continues through Tuesday, February 20th.

NFPA Standards Council Approves New Document 770 Hybrid (Water and Inert gas) Fire Extinguishing Systems January 4, 2018

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The National Fire Protection Association’s Standards Council voted to approve the request of the Technical Committee on Hybrid (Water and Inert Gas) Fire Extinguishing Systems to enter the new document NFPA 770, Standard on Hybrid (Water and Inert Gas) Fire-Extinguishing Systems, into the Annual 2020 revision cycle.  The committee’s approval occurred during their recent meeting on December 4-5, 2017.

The NFPA Standards Council is a 13-person committee appointed by the NFPA Board of Directors. The Council oversees the Association’s codes and standards development activities, administers the rules and regulations, and acts as an appeals body. The Council administers about 250 NFPA Technical Committees and their work on nearly 300 documents addressing topics of importance to the built environment. The Council meets three times each year.

To learn more about the NFPA 770 committee and its work click here.

NFPA 770 Hybrid (Water and Inert gas) Technical Committee Meets in Savannah September 19, 2017

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The new NFPA technical committee on Hybrid (Water and Inert Gas) Fire Extinguishing Systems has gathered in Orlando, Florida for its fifth round of meeting beginning September 19 and concluding on September 21, 2017. 770 9-17

Looking to continue the development of  the new NFPA 770 Standard on Hybrid (Water and Inert Gas) Fire Extinguishing Systems, the committee welcomed principal and alternate members and several guests.  Chairman Jeff Harrington is leading the committee in the establishment of standards related to this fire-fighting technology that has been gaining marketplace acceptance for over the past 11 years.

At its December 2015  meeting, the NFPA Standards Council issued the following directive to the committee:

The Council considered the request of the Technical Committee on Hybrid (Water and Inert Gas) Fire Extinguishing Systems to revise the title and scope of the Technical Committee. After review of the material presented, the Council voted to deny the request of the Committee at this time. The Council notes the timing the request to change the scope of the Committee is premature and directs the Committee to continue drafting the document. Then, if necessary, the Committee can request Council revise the scope to reflect the drafted text of the document. The Council further cautions the Committee about removing the words “Fire Extinguishing” from the title of the Committee. The removal of these words will likely cause confusion as to what the Committee is authorized to address and were intentionally included to avoid this situation. In the present case, the Committee scope needs to address what the Committee does not cover to prevent overlap with other NFPA Committees’ responsibilities.

Standards Council Member James Golinveaux recused himself from the deliberations and vote on this issue.

The committee continues to work on its scope, and the standard at this meeting in the hopes that a final draft can be forwarded to the NFPA Standards Council in December of 2017 for public comment release in 2018 .

To learn more about the committee and its progress click here.

NFPA 770 Hybrid Technical Committee Meets in Orlando March 8, 2017

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The new NFPA technical committee on Hybrid (Water and Inert Gas) Fire Extinguishing Systems has gathered in Orlando, Florida for its fourth round of meeting beginning March 7 and concludes on March 9, 2017.

Looking to continue the development of  the new NFPA 770 Standard on Hybrid (Water and Inert Gas) Fire Extinguishing Systems, the committee welcomed principal and alternate members and several guests.  Chairman Jeff Harrington is leading the committee in the establishment of standards related to this fire-fighting technology that has been gaining marketplace acceptance for over the past 11 years.

At its December 2015  meeting, the NFPA Standards Council issued the following directive to the committee:

The Council considered the request of the Technical Committee on Hybrid (Water and Inert Gas) Fire Extinguishing Systems to revise the title and scope of the Technical Committee. After review of the material presented, the Council voted to deny the request of the Committee at this time. The Council notes the timing the request to change the scope of the Committee is premature and directs the Committee to continue drafting the document. Then, if necessary, the Committee can request Council revise the scope to reflect the drafted text of the document. The Council further cautions the Committee about removing the words “Fire Extinguishing” from the title of the Committee. The removal of these words will likely cause confusion as to what the Committee is authorized to address and were intentionally included to avoid this situation. In the present case, the Committee scope needs to address what the Committee does not cover to prevent overlap with other NFPA Committees’ responsibilities.

Standards Council Member James Golinveaux recused himself from the deliberations and vote on this issue.

 

The committee continues to work on its scope, and the standard at this meeting.  To learn more about the committee and its progress click here.

San Antonio Welcomes NFPA 770 Hybrid Technical Committee October 14, 2016

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nfpa-770-drury-suitesThe new NFPA technical committee on Hybrid (Water and Inert Gas) Fire Extinguishing Systems has gathered in San Antonio, Texas for its third round of meeting beginning October 12 and concludes on October 14, 2016.

Looking to continue the development of  the new NFPA 770 Standard on Hybrid (Water and Inert Gas) Fire Extinguishing Systems, the committee welcomed principal and alternate members and several guests.  Vice-Chairman Brent Ehmke of Ehmke and Associates is leading the committee in the establishment of standards related to this fire-fighting technology that has been gaining marketplace acceptance for over the past 10 years.

At its December 2015  meeting, the NFPA Standards Council issued the following directive to the committee:

The Council considered the request of the Technical Committee on Hybrid (Water and Inert Gas) Fire Extinguishing Systems to revise the title and scope of the Technical Committee. After review of the material presented, the Council voted to deny the request of the Committee at this time. The Council notes the timing the request to change the scope of the Committee is premature and directs the Committee to continue drafting the document. Then, if necessary, the Committee can request Council revise the scope to reflect the drafted text of the document. The Council further cautions the Committee about removing the words “Fire Extinguishing” from the title of the Committee. The removal of these words will likely cause confusion as to what the Committee is authorized to address and were intentionally included to avoid this situation. In the present case, the Committee scope needs to address what the Committee does not cover to prevent overlap with other NFPA Committees’ responsibilities.

Standards Council Member James Golinveaux recused himself from the deliberations and vote on this issue.

 

The committee continues to work on its scope, and the standard at this meeting.  To learn more about the committee and its progress click here.

Great Plains Fire Suppression Symposium To Highlight Industry Innovations August 31, 2016

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The Great Plains Fire Suppression Symposium set for September 13, 2016 in Omaha, Nebraska will highlight industry innovations in NFPA standards, agent delivery systems, fire extinguishing technology and ATF-mandated considerations.  Experts in all four subjects will present during the morning-long event.Fire Symposium logo

NFPA 3 and NFPA 4 Requirements for Delivering Higher Stakeholder Confidence will be presented by Shane Clary, Ph.D.  Vice President, Codes & Standards, Development;
Bay Alarm Co. and a member of both technical committees. He’ll provide background and insights on these important documents and outline key factors on how best to implement these requirements that bolster stakeholder confidence in all fire systems.

Innovations in Fire Suppression System Technologies provides an understanding from Tim Carman, P.E. Regional Sales Director; Janus Fire Systems on how maximizing agent delivery technologies are impacting fire suppression systems by using higher discharge pressures. Innovations like these are making fire suppression more affordable and accessible than ever.

Hybrid (Nitrogen-Water Mist) Fire Suppression Technology and the new NFPA 770 is a truly unique opportunity to learn directly from the patent holder, Robert Ballard, P.E. Fire Suppression Technology Manager with Victaulic, on how the advanced technology of hybrid fire suppression systems are addressing real-world applications. Plus an update on how the new NFPA 770 standard is being developed to address these systems.

Understanding ATF Regulations Affecting Fire Suppression Releasing Devices is crucial for anyone involved with such systems. Shane Mullen, Managing Director of Device Disposal and Consulting will highlight key requirements for safely handling and disposing of these devices.

The Symposium is a free half-day symposium dedicated to information and education for professionals involved with fire suppression as owners, consultants, specifiers, and end-users.  Continuing Education attendance credit will be provided to each attendee.  A buffet breakfast will also be provided.

Seating is limited, so reservations are required.  Visit www.protexcentral.com to learn more and register today!

 

NFPA 770 Hybrid Technical Committee Meets In Charleston February 2, 2016

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The new NFPA technical committee on Hybrid (Water and Inert Gas) Fire Extinguishing Systems has gathered in Charleston, South Carolina for its second round of meeting beginning February 2, 2016. IMG_0853

Looking to continue the development of  the new NFPA 770 Standard on Hybrid (Water and Inert Gas) Fire Extinguishing Systems, the committee welcomed principal and alternate members and several guests.  Chairman Jeffery Harrington of the Harrington Group is leading the committee in the establishment of standards related to this fire fighting technology that has been gaining marketplace acceptance for over the past 10 years.

At its December 2015  meeting, the NFPA Standards Council issued the following directive to the committee:

The Council considered the request of the Technical Committee on Hybrid (Water and Inert Gas) Fire Extinguishing Systems to revise the title and scope of the Technical Committee. After review of the material presented, the Council voted to deny the request of the Committee at this time. The Council notes the timing the request to change the scope of the Committee is premature and directs the Committee to continue drafting the document. Then, if necessary, the Committee can request Council revise the scope to reflect the drafted text of the document. The Council further cautions the Committee about removing the words “Fire Extinguishing” from the title of the Committee. The removal of these words will likely cause confusion as to what the Committee is authorized to address and were intentionally included to avoid this situation. In the present case, the Committee scope needs to address what the Committee does not cover to prevent overlap with other NFPA Committees’ responsibilities.

Standards Council Member James Golinveaux recused himself from the deliberations and vote on this issue.

 

The committee continues to work on its scope, and the standard at this meeting.  To learn more about the committee and its progress click here.