Past Events

Oct

22

Mon

Location:
To Be Announced

Topic: F-500 Encapsulator Agent Fire Suppression Technology

Starts: 4:00 p.m. (Dinner at 5:00 p.m.)

HCT’s F-500 Encapsulator Agent’s engineered advantage is based on the high performance, three-dimensional firefighting capabilities of micelle encapsulation. This combination of attributes provides for quick knockdown and rapid heat reduction, providing permanent burnback resistance. F-500 encapsulates hydrocarbon liquids and vapors rendering fuel non-flammable and non-ignitable while interrupting free radical coalescence, inhibiting the formation of toxic soot and smoke. All of this leads to enhanced firefighting performance with increased life safety and reduced property damage while minimizing water use and the subsequent water damage and runoff.

Presenter:
Steve Thompson
Encapsulator Technology Specialist
Hazard Control Technologies, Inc.

Sep

24

Mon

Location:
Nick's Roman Terrace
Westland Shopping Center
8051 W Broad St
Henrico, VA (Map)
804-270-2988

Topic: The Effect of Obstructed Ceiling Construction on Automatic Sprinkler Protection

Starts: 4:00 p.m. (Dinner at 5:00 p.m.)

NFPA 13 and FM Global Loss Prevention Data Sheet 2-0 provide guidance on how to install Control Mode sprinklers in the presence of obstructed ceiling construction, but the installation guidelines for Suppression Mode sprinklers in the presence of obstructed ceiling construction is much more stringent. Historically there has been very little test data or modeling analysis to support the installation guidelines currently available for Suppression Mode sprinklers protecting a storage environment. This presentation will discuss the current installation guidelines for sprinklers protecting storage in the presence of obstructed ceiling construction, recent numerical computer modeling conducted by FM Global to investigate the principal effects of obstructed ceiling construction on sprinkler activation, as well as large-scale fire testing that was conducted by FM Global based on the results obtained through computer modeling. Wes is a member of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers and an NFPA member serving on both the NFPA 13 Installation and NFPA 13 Discharge committees. Wes has been with FM Global for over 33 years and is currently responsible for data sheets related to the protection of storage, as well as the installation guidelines for sprinklers that are used for storage protection.

Presenter:
Weston (Wes) C Baker Jr
Senior Engineering Technical Specialist, in the Engineering Standards division
FM Global

May

21

Mon

Location:
Nick's Roman Terrace
Westland Shopping Center
8051 W Broad St
Henrico, VA (Map)
804-270-2988

Topic: Safespill systems

Starts: 4:00 p.m. (Dinner at 5:00 p.m.)

Spill containment and removal system delivering a completely new and safe way to store any ignitable liquid in totes or drums, allowing spilled liquids to be safely removed to an external containment tank through an integrated flushing and suction system. Go to http://www.safespillsystems.com/spill-and-fire-tests to learn more.

Presenter:
Sam Bowen
Director of Business Development
Safespill Systems

Apr

23

Mon

Location:
Nick's Roman Terrace
Westland Shopping Center
8051 W Broad St
Henrico, VA (Map)
804-270-2988

Topic: Fire Protection in Data Centers, Computer Equipment Areas, and Energy Storage Systems

Starts: 4:00 p.m. (Dinner at 5:00 p.m.)

Nick Johnson is a research engineer in 3M™ Company’s Electronic Material Solutions Division, working the fluoro-chemicals lab. He provides technical support for Novec™ 1230 and is directly involved in new fire protection applications as well as vetting of new novel fluids with potential as future fire suppression agents. Over the past five years, Nick’s research has been focused on thermal management of lithium ion batteries and mitigating the potential of cascading thermal runaway within such batteries. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of St. Thomas and is an alternate on the developing NFPA 855: Standard for the Installation of Stationary Energy Storage Systems and a liaison member of SAE G27: Lithium Battery Packaging Performance.

Presenter:
Nick Johson
Research Engineer
Electronics Materials Solutions Division 3M

Mar

14

Wed

Location:
DeFazios Catering
2601 Tuckernuck Drive
Richmond, VA (Map)
804-577-8035

Topic: Fire Pump Room Issues

Joint meeting with ASPE

Starts: 11:30 a.m.

In my 20 plus years of inspecting and testing fire pumps, you always think - Well I have seen it all now. Only to find you have not seen it all. We will go over a few of the more strange fire pump applications and the impact they could have on the system. The fire pump is the heart of the sprinkler system. Without it, it’s like our bodies - the rest of the system won't work.

Presenter:
Bill Jones
President
FirePro, Inc.

Feb

26

Mon

Location:
Nick's Roman Terrace
Westland Shopping Center
8051 W Broad St
Henrico, VA (Map)
804-270-2988

Topic: Foam Suppression Systems

Starts: 4:00 p.m. (Dinner at 5:00 p.m.)

An overview of the different types of foams, foam delivery systems, key required equipment, and the applications for each type of foam suppression system.

Presenter:
Troy Wiltbank
Business Development, Fire Suppression Products
Johnson Controls

Jan

16

Tue

Location:
BRIO Tuscan Grille
9210 Stony Point Pkwy
Richmond, VA (Map)
804-272-2255

Topic: Fire Door Inspections & Field Labeling

Joint meeting with ASSE

Starts: 4:00 p.m. (Dinner at 5:00 p.m.)

Like other fire resistance rated construction materials under the purview of the U.S. system of codes and standards, fire doors have more than a century’s worth of testing experience published in the various listing directories made available for reference in project specifications. This testing and listing experience provides a level of confidence for door manufacturers, insurance underwriters, design professionals and approving governmental authorities that a particular door assembly has undergone stringent testing protocol, and that it can be expected to curtail losses associated with a given building fire event. By looking at the historic development of building codes and test standards related to this specific component, it is helpful to determine what has shaped the current fire door industry and better evaluate future trends in listing and labeling provisions including the increasing use of field-labeling for existing applications. This is a great challenge of compliance that Facility Managers, and Authorities Having Jurisdiction are now facing.

Presenter:
Justin Biller
Owner, Principal Fire Protection Engineer
Emerson Graham + Associates

Nov

20

Mon

Location:
Nick's Roman Terrace
Westland Shopping Center
8051 W Broad St
Henrico, VA (Map)
804-270-2988

Topic: HI-FOG® Water Mist Fire Protection System

Starts: 4:00 p.m. (Dinner at 5:00 p.m.)

An environmentally friendly way to reduce fire, smoke and water damage with minimal business interruption.

Presenter:
Lorraine Smith
Vertical Sales Manager
Marioff

Oct

23

Mon

Location:
Nick's Roman Terrace
Westland Shopping Center
8051 W Broad St
Henrico, VA (Map)
804-270-2988

Topic: Viking Vacuum Style Dry Valve and New Sprinklers

Starts: 4:00 p.m. (Dinner at 5:00 p.m.)

This summer and Fall Viking has released several new sprinkler heads along with the new Vactec system with Fire Flex. This is the first vacuum style dry valve listed for fire protection. We will also be introducing some new products this fall for our special hazards division as well with more sprinkler heads.

Presenter:
Bryan Berkley
National Technical Representative
Viking Corporation

Sep

25

Mon

Location:
Nick's Roman Terrace
Westland Shopping Center
8051 W Broad St
Henrico, VA (Map)
804-270-2988

Topic: Special Effects: Pyrotechnics, Flame Effects, Smoke, Lasers, and More!

Starts: 4:00 p.m. (Dinner at 5:00 p.m.)

Introduction to special effects used during theatrical performances and before a proximate audience. A brief description of special effects types and an overview of product design, set-up and safety aspects will be provided. Steven currently serves as the Virginia State Fire Marshal’s Office Compliance Officer. He is responsible for Special Operations of the SFMO. One major component of Special Operations is the explosives enforcement program. He has worked in emergency services for over 26 years. and served in a fire marshal role for 18 of the 26 years.

Presenter:
Steven Sites
Virginia State Fire Marshal's Office

May

22

Mon

Location:
Nick's Roman Terrace
Westland Shopping Center
8051 W Broad St
Henrico, VA (Map)
804-270-2988

Topic: Protection of Mini-Load Automatic Storage and Retrieval System (ASRS) Arrangements Containing Open-Top Plastic Containers

Starts: 4:00 p.m. (Dinner at 5:00 p.m.)

The presentation will cover an overview of the different types of ASRS systems, the research project on mini-load systems, and a preview of what changes are coming in the revised FM Global Data Sheet 8-34, Protection for Automatic Storage and Retrieval Systems, which will be released in July.

Presenter:
Brent Wunderlich
Operations Chief Engineer
FM Global

Apr

24

Mon

Location:
Nick's Roman Terrace
Westland Shopping Center
8051 W Broad St
Henrico, VA (Map)
804-270-2988

Topic: Overview of the State Fire Marshal’s Office and Statewide Fire Prevention Code Adoption Process and Issues

Starts: 4:00 p.m. (Dinner at 5:00 p.m.)

Presenter:
Brian McGraw
State Fire Marshal
Virginia Dept. of Fire Programs

Mar

8

Wed

Location:
DeFazios Catering
2601 Tuckernuck Drive
Richmond, VA (Map)
804-577-8035

Topic: PEXa Plumbing Systems

Joint Meeting With ASPE

Starts: 11:30 a.m.

This is a joint meeting with local chapter of American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE) The menu will be Beef Stroganoff, Green Beans, Salad, Rolls and Butter, and a dessert plate.

Presenter:
Michael Gavin
Systems Engineering Specialist
REHAU

Feb

27

Mon

Location:
Nick's Roman Terrace
Westland Shopping Center
8051 W Broad St
Henrico, VA (Map)
804-270-2988

Topic: Arson Investigation

Includes K9 Demonstration

Starts: 4:00 p.m. (Dinner at 5:00 p.m.)

Lieutenant Brian Dalrymple has been with the Richmond Fire Department since 2002 and in the fire service since 1998. During his career with the RFD, Brian worked as a firefighter and company officer in several of the department’s specialized rescue teams as well as training incumbent firefighters in the department’s training division. He became a member of the department’s Fire and Arson Investigations Unit in 2014 after completing the Virginia Law Enforcement Academy. Lt. Dalrymple and K9 Pearl became partners in 2015 when they trained together for 5 weeks in Maine under the direction of Maine Specialty Dogs and certified under the Maine Criminal Justice Academy.

Presenter:
Brian Dalrymple
Lieutenant
Richmond Fire - Arson Unit

Jan

23

Mon

Location:
Tuckahoe Library
1901 Starling Drive
Henrico, VA (Map)
804-501-1910

Topic: Preventing Warehouse Total Loss Caused By Excessive Ventilation

Joint meeting with American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE)

Starts: 4:00 p.m. (Dinner at 5:00 p.m.)

The presentation will cover six major warehouse fires where excessive ventilation contributed to a total or near-total loss by causing the fire to accelerate rapidly. It will cover techniques to accomplish the objectives of ventilation without risking rapid fire growth.

Presenter:
John Frank
Loss Prevention Center of Excellence Leader
AXA XL Risk Consulting

Nov

21

Mon

Location:
The Grapevine - Greek & Italian Restaurant
11055 Three Chopt Rd
Richmond, VA (Map)
804-440-9100

Topic: Residential Fire Sprinkler Systems

Starts: 4:00 p.m. (Dinner at 5:00 p.m.)

NFPA 13D, NFA 13R and Light Hazard occupancy protection. Focusing on CPVC compatibility and new residential sprinkler head technology.

Presenter:
Ben Johnson

Oct

24

Mon

Location:
The Grapevine - Greek & Italian Restaurant
11055 Three Chopt Rd
Richmond, VA (Map)
804-440-9100

Topic: Paratherm Heat Transfer Fluids

Starts: 4:00 p.m. (Dinner at 5:00 p.m.)

Presenter:
Jim Oetinger
Paratherm

Sep

19

Mon

Location:
The Grapevine - Greek & Italian Restaurant
11055 Three Chopt Rd
Richmond, VA (Map)
804-440-9100

Topic: High Public Occupancy Pre-Emergency Planning

Starts: 4:00 p.m. (Dinner at 5:00 p.m.)

A new NFPA committee is exploring creation of codes and standards for buildings and facilities with high occupancy loads.

Presenter:
Lieutenant Joseph Kluh
Special Response Team Commander
Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Police