Upcoming Meetings

    • October 15, 2020
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM (CDT)
    • Online Meeting

    A Panel Discussion

    Jointly Sponsored Presentation by TFPA and the NFSA Texas Chapter


    Location Details: 
    Online meeting - participation details will be provided to registrants prior to the event.

    Program: Fire fatalities and injuries still occur for existing unsprinklered multi-family buildings. When there are fires, often the rebuild does not include sprinklers and existing building codes for rebuilding are unclear and ambiguous where the threshold lies for rebuilding with fire sprinklers, fire alarms, and “bringing it up to code”. This panel discussion uses three case-studies that outline the problem and local solutions for others to model and use.

    Fire survivor & legislative stakeholder Kim Denson will share the story of how she lost her daughter Kaitlyn Denson in an Austin Apartment Fire on July 15, 2019.  Fire survivors, like Kim, want the loss of their loved ones to not be in vain.  Kim wants to educate and legislate multi-family retrofit. 

    Three Texas Fire Marshals Tim Ippolito, Kelly Kistner, and David Kerr will provide case studies of how they educated their stakeholders including community leaders, survivors, developers, and legislated new retrofit codes in their community to prevent major multi-family fires in older buildings - “Burn Me Once – Don’t Burn Me Again”.

    Moderator Jeffrey M. Hugo, CBO, will facilitate this discussion panel while providing current and proposed codes and standards that could help all jurisdictions better protect their multi-family occupants through fire protection retrofit.

    Participants will be learn about:

    1) Three case studies of multi-family building life cycles: One tragedy and two successfully implemented retrofit codes.
    2) Community leader stakeholder education programs that prepared and persuaded retrofit code adoption.
    3) Multi-family risk scoring and inspection programs.
    4) Other code adoption options: tenant disclosure, tenant education, building placards.

    Moderator:  Jeffrey M. Hugo, Vice President of NFSA
    Panelist:  Kim Denson, Fire Survivor
    Panelist:  Chief Kelly Kistner, Fire Marshal, San Marcos Fire Department 
    Panelist: Chief David Kerr, Melissa Fire Department
    Panelist: Chief Tim Ippolito, Lewisville Fire Department

    GET YOUR CEUs: Participants in this program will receive ICC Preferred Provider and TCFP CEU credits.

    REGISTRATION:  Registration for this event is being handled by NFSA on their Website.  Register Here 

    Questions or assistance:
    Contact Cindy Giedraitis (979) 324-8934

    • November 18, 2020
    • 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM (CST)
    • Online Meeting

    Is the Code Right?
    The Impact of Scaled Testing vs. Prescriptive Code and Standard Requirements

    Joint Meeting of TFPA and the NFSA Texas Chapter


    Location Details: 
    Online meeting - participation details will be emailed to registrants prior to the event.

    Program: Codes & standards - researched, developed, and promulgated based upon logic, science, facts, and tests…right? Not always. Many times, codes and standards governing fire sprinkler system designs do not address a particular hazard, commodity classification, or application. That’s when further research, testing, facts, figures, and perhaps a resultant "Performance Based Design" enter the picture. This presentation discusses fire protection scenarios not necessarily addressed by codes and standards, and for which further testing and evaluation was necessary in order to develop a clearer picture of the hazard or commodity to ensure resultant protection criteria could be developed accordingly.

    Greg Gordon, Business Development Manager, Johnson Controls. 
    Greg began his fire protection career in 1978 in Cleveland, Ohio on the contracting side of the fire sprinkler business, subsequently working in Cincinnati and Dallas. He joined the product manufacturing side of the business in 1985 as a manufacturer’s representative for BlazeMaster® CPVC fire sprinkler systems. Greg joined Central Sprinkler Company in 1988 as the Southwest Regional Sales Manager, a job that he held through the 1999 acquisition of Central by Tyco until his appointment as Business Development Manager in 2005.  He is based in Coppell, Texas.

    GET YOUR CEUs: TFPA and NFSA Texas Chapter members who participate in this program will receive ICC Preferred Provider and TCFP CEU credits. If you're not currently a member, TFPA membership is only $20/year to receive CEUs and other benefits.

    11:00 - 11:10 a.m. - Business meeting
    11:10 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. - Presentation

    Tuesday, November 17th at 10:00 a.m.