March TFPA Meeting

  • Wednesday, March 09, 2022
  • 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
  • Online Meeting


  • Student ID must be presented at door

Registration is closed

NFPA 770 and Vortex Fire Suppression Systems
Application of Hybrid Water and Inert Gas Protection 


Location Details: Online

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US: +13462487799,,94390261009# or +16699006833,,94390261009#

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Meeting ID:

943 9026 1009



Program: This program will provide participants with an appreciation for the research and development behind and supporting Hybrid Fire Extinguishing Systems.  The program will also include a discussion of the development of industry standards and codes related to these systems, and will provide examples of applications.  The presentation will begin with an explanation of the concept of hybrid fire extinguishing systems, inert gas and water, and will discuss how the technology grew from a concept into prototypes, along with laboratory testing to determine the appropriate boundaries for system applications.  Product testing that led to standards development will also be presented, and the program will conclude with a discussion of how hybrid systems have been utilized worldwide, with specific examples of turbine protection, pickling lines, and valuable archives.

Presenter: Bob  Ballard, Director of Fire Suppression Technology, Victaulic

Bob is a Mechanical Engineer and is Director of Fire Suppression Technology for Victaulic. Bob has 28 years of experience in the realm of fire protection research and development, working on products such as fire sprinklers, flexible fittings, valves, and suppression technology.  He is involved with many professional organizations in the industry, including SFPE, NFPA, AFSA and the FSSA.  He is currently serving on Board of the Fire Suppression Systems Association (FSSA), and is a member of numerous NFPA standards technical committees, including 770, 750, 318 and 75.  

GET YOUR CEUs: TFPA 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. - 12:30 p.m. - Presentation

March 8th at 10:00 a.m.