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Upcoming events

    • November 09, 2017
    • 11:45 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Merrick HQ - 5970 Greenwood Plaza Blvd, Greenwood Village, CO 80111

    Presentation: Navigating the Relationship between NFPA 30 & NFPA 13: Sprinklers for Flammable and Combustible Liquids

    This presentation will examine the interrelationship between NFPA 30, Flammable and Combustible Liquids Code, and NFPA 13, Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems. When the quantities of flammable and combustible liquids to be protected exceed the scope of the criteria within NFPA 13, NFPA 30 must be consulted but it often refers back to all or portions of NFPA 13. At times, disentangling the application of one standard from the other can be challenging.

    This presentation will outline the decision paths connecting the two standards and identify some of the areas where flammable liquids code defers to the sprinkler installation standard.

    1.      Participants will explain the scope and fundamental application of both NFPA 30 and NFPA 13.

    2.      Participants will identify common situations where NFPA 30 applies to sprinkler installation.

    3.      Participants will identify common situations where NFPA 30 relies on specific NFPA 13 protection criteria.

    4.      Participants will identify the parts of NFPA 13 applicable throughout NFPA 30.

    PRESENTER: Bob Upson, Manager of Engineering Services (National Fire Sprinkler Association)

    Bob Upson is the Manager of Engineering Services for the National Fire Sprinkler Association (NFSA). In this position he provides engineering support, representation to technical committees, and assists in the development and delivery of training and education programs produced by NFSA. He is a fire marshal and retired career firefighter with over 35 years of experience in fire protection including code enforcement, fire sprinkler industry representation, and codes and standards administration. He currently serves as a member of several NFPA technical committees including NFPA 30, Flammable and Combustible Liquids Code; NFPA 101A: Guide on Alternative Approaches to Life Safety; NFPA 551: Guide for the Evaluation of Fire Risk Assessments; and NFPA 750: Standard on Water Mist Fire Protection Systems.

    Mr. Upson holds a Master of Science in Fire Protection Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and Bachelor’s degrees from the University of Connecticut and Charter Oak State College.  He has served as a fire department training officer and adjunct instructor at the Connecticut Fire Academy, developing and instructing courses on fire protection, hazardous materials, and incident management, and has developed and delivered NFSA technical presentations and training seminars on many topics related to fire protection to large and small groups throughout the United States.

    • November 17, 2017
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • South Adams County Fire - 6050 Syracuse Street, Commerce City, CO

    This Fire Marshals Association of Colorado (FMAC) meeting may be of interest to SFPE-RMC chapter members.  The best part: it is FREE unless you RSVP for lunch.

    PLEASE see the FMAC website for registration.

    Coffee/Social starts at 9 a.m

    Training starts at 9:30 a.m

    PRESENTATION:  Energy Storage Systems

    The rise of green energy is resulting in increased demand for electrical power. This increase in electrical power demand is requiring alternative methods of electrical generation and storage. Energy storage systems (ESS) are proving to be an economical method of storing power. These systems can now be found in residential, commercial and industrial applications. At the same time, firefighters and other first responders need to be prepared to respond to fires and other emergencies involving ESS. This presentation will discuss and examine concepts and considerations for the first responder who is called to an ESS incident, and how these can be incorporated into an ESS training program for firefighters.

    National laboratories have started preliminary testing on lithium ion chemistries.  Research and testing is critical because the collected data is paving the way for fire departments to establish operational procedures to ESS fires and non-fire incidents. The National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) has written an ESS first responders training program. There have been documented events in the United States where first responders were poised to respond, but due to a lack of knowledge and lack of training on ESS systems, were seriously delayed in their intervention which caused additional fire spread and damage. While the risk of fire is a concern, equally concerning is the potential for post-fire events, and these require coverage in any comprehensive ESS first responders training program.  Lithium ion chemistries, for instance, have the potential for delayed ignition or re-ignition due to lack of heat dissipation. 

    Within the ESS awareness training program, the first responder needs to be aware and knowledgeable of different battery chemistries, their inherent dangers and different methods of extinguishment. Ventilation--and its exit points--along with extinguishment complications need to be assessed by the fire inspector prior to installations and these issues should be included in any ESS first responder training program. Toxic smoke emissions which are potentially corrosive and explosive should be addressed within fire departments operational procedures.  As ESS deployment continues to proliferate, firefighters need proper ESS training and fire departments should offer this training so their personnel are prepared and ready to respond to fire and post-fire situations.


    Lt. Paul G. Rogers (FDNY Haz Mat Operations)

    Lt. Rogers is currently the Haz Mat Operations liaison with the Fire Prevention Department of the FDNY.  Additionally, Lt. Rogers has the following experience and credentials; FDNY/NFPA SME on ESS, FEMA Haz Mat Manager, WMD\CBRN liaison to NYPD, FBI, Secret Service and US Marine CBIRF, NFPA 855 committee member (Energy Storage Systems Installation), NFPA 1991,1992,1994 member CPC (Chemical Protective Clothing).  

    Business Meeting starts after lunch, but no earlier than 12:30 p.m.

    • December 07, 2017
    • 11:45 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Merrick HQ - 5970 Greenwood Plaza Blvd, Greenwood Village, CO 80111

    Presentation: Risk Assessment and Fire Exposure

    PRESENTER: Victor J. Sordillo, P.E. (Senior Vice President – Sompo International) 

    Mr. Sordillo has over 35 years of experience providing risk engineering services and has served on the Town Council and as Mayor of Warren Township NJ for 17 years. He has held senior global leadership positions at two major international insurance organizations, as well as experience with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He is currently a senior vice president leading the loss control operation for Sompo International.

    Mr. Sordillo is a Tufts University graduate where he studied structural engineering. He is a registered professional civil as well as a fire protection engineer. In addition, he is a Certified Safety Professional and has a master’s in business administration.

    Mr. Sordillo has been a guest speaker on the topic of risk analysis at many different venues including AICPA CFO’s annual meeting in 2017 and the ASSE seminar program. His topics cover innovative approaches in safety and security. Recent publications included the cover story, “What are the Odds” for Risk Management Insights and “Supply Chain Risks” for QBE.

    He has held board level positions on charitable organizations such as United Way and the Red Cross, and is currently on the advisory board of the fire science program at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, on the Society of Fire Protection Engineers Foundation and a trustee of the New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program.

    • January 11, 2018
    • 11:45 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Merrick HQ - 5970 Greenwood Plaza Blvd, Greenwood Village, CO 80111

    Presentation: Performance Based Design: A Case Study 

    Performance Based Design presents many challenges to both the designer and the Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) to ensure that the proposed building can meet the needs of the client while still providing a building that will be safe for the people that will be using it. This talk will cover a building that was designed using a performance based design methodology. This will include the assumptions that were made about how the fire and people would respond as well as issues that arose with the AHJ before gaining final approval of the design.

    PRESENTER: Dr. Bryan Hoskins  (Assistant Professor of Fire Protection & Safety at Oklahoma State University)

    Dr. Hoskins is an Assistant Professor of Fire Protection & Safety at Oklahoma State University. He earned his BS and MS degrees in Fire Protection Engineering from the University of Maryland and his PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland in 2011 with an emphasis on building egress. His research interests are in evacuation, tenability, emergency messaging, and other issues related to human behavior in fire. Dr. Hoskins serves on technical committees for NFPA 101 and NFPA 72 as well as being the chair of the working group that has developed the SFPE Research Roadmap.

    • February 08, 2018
    • 11:45 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Merrick HQ - 5970 Greenwood Plaza Blvd, Greenwood Village, CO 80111

    Presentation: Regulating Laboratories - A Challenge for Designers and Enforcers

    PRESENTER: Joshua Lambert, PE  (Fire Protection Engineer - University of Texas)

    • March 05, 2018
    • 8:00 AM
    • March 09, 2018
    • 5:00 PM
    • Denver Tech Center Marriott - 4900 S Syracuse Street, Denver, CO 80237

    ICC Colorado Chapter Annual Educational Institute

    PLEASE see the event website for registration.

    Please note that courses fill up quickly, so advance registration is highly encouraged.

    • March 15, 2018
    • 11:45 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Merrick HQ - 5970 Greenwood Plaza Blvd, Greenwood Village, CO 80111

    Presentation: ICC Provisions for Tall Wood Buildings

    PRESENTER: Carl F. Baldassarra, P.E., FSFPE (Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc.)

    • May 10, 2018
    • 11:45 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Merrick HQ - 5970 Greenwood Plaza Blvd, Greenwood Village, CO 80111

    Presentation: [tentative] The Latest at SFPE 

    PRESENTER: Chris Jelenewicz, P.E., FSFPE - SFPE International

Past events

October 12, 2017 Fire Research Underway at Metro State University
September 14, 2017 Legal Discussion - Colorado Board of Architects, Engineers, and Land Surveyors
May 19, 2017 Best of NFSA Expert of the Day (partner FMAC Seminar)
May 18, 2017 Proliferation of Structural Fire Engineering
May 17, 2017 PE Exam Problem Writing Session
April 20, 2017 2017 Symposium Reception
April 20, 2017 Rocky Mountain Chapter Annual Symposium 2017
March 16, 2017 Fire Sprinkler Head Failure: Manufacturer Defect vs Installation and Service
February 09, 2017 Elevators: Sprinklers and Fire Alarm – Tying It All Together
January 20, 2017 Carbon Monoxide Requirements for the Code Professional
January 12, 2017 Business & Professional Ethics
December 08, 2016 LPG and CO2 [Marijuana] Extraction – the Importance of Engineering Peer Reviews and Field Verifications
November 10, 2016 Bureau of Reclamation Fire Protection Program
October 13, 2016 Colorado Board of Architects, Engineers, and Land Surveyors
September 25, 2016 SFPE North America Conference & Expo
September 16, 2016 Fire Marshals' Association (FMAC) meeting: CMS & DFPC Healthcare Topics
September 08, 2016 Cannabis Extractions, Concentrates, and Infused Products: A Colorado Perspective
August 19, 2016 Colorado Rockies v. Chicago Cubs Baseball Game
May 13, 2016 PE Exam Problem Writing Session
May 12, 2016 SFPE Design Guide to Human Behavior in Fire
April 14, 2016 Updates to the Denver Fire Code
March 10, 2016 Rocky Mountain Chapter Annual Symposium 2016
February 11, 2016 Fire Protection in Mixed Use Buildings
January 14, 2016 Anatomy of an Arson
December 10, 2015 Improving Fire Safety in Bangladesh Garment Factories
November 12, 2015 Advances in Air Sampling Smoke Detection and Optical Imaging Detection
October 08, 2015 Fire and Evacuation Modeling - A Discussion of the State of the Art
September 10, 2015 Large Opening Fire Protectives
July 21, 2015 Colorado Rockies v. Texas Rangers Baseball Game
May 20, 2015 May 20, 2015 Annual chapter meeting - ELECTIONS -
May 19, 2015 PE Test Writing Session - Hosted at DFD by SFPE
April 23, 2015 Post Symposium RECEPTION
April 23, 2015 Rocky Mountain Chapter Fire Protection Symposium
March 18, 2015 March 18 - Elevator lobbies & smoke dampers
February 11, 2015 February 11 - Investigation of Hash Oil Fires & Explosions
January 14, 2015 January 14 - SoniTech - Alternate Technology for Corrosion Inspections
December 10, 2014 December 10 - St. Joe's Case Study
November 12, 2014 November 12 - Life Safety Plans & BIM
October 08, 2014 October 08 - Low Frequency Sounders
September 10, 2014 September 10 - Reduced Scale Enclosure Testing
May 07, 2014 May 07, 2014 chapter meeting
May 06, 2014 Colorado Rockies v. Texas Rangers Baseball Game
May 06, 2014 PE Test Writing Session - Hosted at DFD by SFPE
April 09, 2014 April 9, 2014: Specifying Clean Agents
March 19, 2014 March 19, 2014: Water Mist Fire Protection
February 19, 2014 February 19, 2014: Treated Wood Products
January 21, 2014 January 21, 2014: Combined meeting with RMAFAA
December 11, 2013 December 11, 2013: Monthly meeting - Josh Elvove
November 13, 2013 November 13, 2013: Nitrogen Inerting for Corrosion Control
October 09, 2013 October 09, 2013: CMS and Life Safety Code
October 01, 2013 UL Fire Alarm Communications Pathways
September 11, 2013 Understanding ICC and NFPA Vertical Opening Construction Requirements
May 08, 2013 Fire Service Considerations: A Primer for Building and System Designers
May 07, 2013 PE Writing Session
April 10, 2013 Rocky Mountain Chapter Fire Protection Symposium
March 13, 2013 New Technologies in Flow Testing
March 04, 2013 ICC Colorado Chapter Educational Institute
February 13, 2013 A Fire Protection Solution for Industrial Exhaust Systems in Corrosive Service
January 09, 2013 Fire Life Safety Certification Programs
December 05, 2012 Meeting Atrium Smoke Requirements with fire curtains
November 07, 2012 Public Safety Radio Amplification
October 03, 2012 Alternative to Fireproofing of Roof Structural Members in High Ceiling Gymnasiums and Recreation Facilities
September 05, 2012 Obstructions to Heat and Sprinkler Spray Discharge
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