2021 North American Fire Sprinkler EXPO & NFSA Board Meeting

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05-07 OCT, 2021

Registration opens Monday, October 4 at 3:00 PM (PT)

Las Vegas, NV

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

1400+ Seats

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You have options! Attend in person or select our virtual option. You’ll be able to partake in select workshops, both general sessions and see a walk-through of the Expo Hall! Take advantage of the virtual option to allow more employees of your company access to the allstar line up! For those attending in person we will honor 2020 and 2021 Award Recipients, have a visit from Elvis and Sprinklerman at our opening reception, and LOTS more!


We hope to see you in Vegas for #fastestwateronthevegasstrip!







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Detroit FSAB
NFSA Boston Chapter
NFSA Capital Region
NFSA Minnesota Chapter
NFSA CT Chapter
NFSA Empire Chapter
NFSA Indiana Chapter
NFSA Michigan Chapter
NFSA Wisconsin Chapter
Puget Sound Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board
Quick Response Fire Protection
Sprinkler Fitters 550

Tuesday Sessions

  • Fire Protection for Plant Extraction

    Tuesday Sessions

    Oct 5, 8:00 AM - 9:15 AM (PT)

    Traci Harvey, PE and Mark Wassom, PE FM
    Plant extraction processes, especially with hemp and marijuana, utilize a variety of hazardous gases and liquids to extract valuable materials from plants. Grow facilities also present fire protection challenges with high combustible loading and complicated electrical systems. This class will offer an overview of the fire code requirements related to the unique aspects of plant extraction with a primary focus on the flammable gases and liquids which are most used. The presentation will also highlight fire protection strategies to help protect buildings, workers, and occupants from the hazards associated with the plant extraction processes used by this rapidly growing industry.

  • Freeze Protection and Flood Prevention on Dry and Pre-Action Fire Sprinkler Systems

    Tuesday Sessions

    Oct 5, 8:00 AM - 9:15 AM (PT)

    Jim McHugh
    Dry and pre-action fire sprinkler systems often fail due to freezing, improper maintenance, or vandalism. That leaves building occupants at risk and can cause thousands in facility damage due to flooding. Prevention is the cheapest, quickest, and easiest way to avoid weather-related problems or flooding with dry pipe sprinkler systems. This presentation will review NFPA 13 code requirements for freeze protection and auxiliary drains. Participants will understand common issues with auxiliary drains on dry fire sprinkler systems and learn how to minimize risk and expenses with a proactive approach. It will also include an overview of COLLECTanDRAIN products that solve the most common issues encountered with auxiliary drains.

  • Panel of Stakeholders: What We Can Learn From One Another – Roland Asp

    Tuesday Sessions

    Oct 5, 8:00 AM - 9:15 AM (PT)

    Roland Asp, CET
    The installation of a residential fire sprinkler system is a collaborative effort of many stakeholders. A successful residential fire sprinkler installation or even legislation is the result of all these stakeholders working together and finding common ground. The panel of stakeholders include a home builder, a water purveyor, and a sprinkler contractor. In order to develop a successful working relationship, it is vital that all stakeholders develop an understanding of the concerns of all involved. This panel discussion will bring together the fire protection industry, the home builders, and the water purveyors’ industries to discuss and find common ground and to find solutions to the challenges of ensuring all our safety in the places that we live.

Wednesday Sessions

  • Anchoring 101

    Oct 6, 7:00 AM - 8:15 AM (PT)
    Alex Schickling

    The presentation walks through various types of anchors with pros and cons of each. Discussing the best option for various installation conditions to ensure the design and field team get the best product. Additionally we will do a live installation of various anchors ending with a pull test.

  • CRR and Fire Code Emergency Action Plan Requirements

    Oct 6, 7:00 AM - 8:15 AM (PT)
    Robert Davidson and Michael O'Brian

    Modern building codes put a large emphasis on training, as well as requirements for emergency action plans. Community outreach, as well as community risk reduction staff, work diligently to build such processes into our occupancies and balance the requirements of modern fire codes and should work to bring together the occupancy as well as fire code enforcement. This course will aid in building a community approach in training as well as planning to reduce the impact of fire on our built environment.

  • TIM Talks – NFPA 25

    Oct 6, 7:00 AM - 8:15 AM (PT)
    Jeffrey M. Hugo, CBO

    TIM Talks is a platform for quick presentations on inspection, testing, and maintenance (ITM = TIM) subjects modeled after the well-known TED Talks. Topics can include new technology, ITM reporting, automated testing, changes to NFPA 25, inspection techniques, and highlights from other workshops and sessions from earlier in the week. This session is a great opportunity to pack in a lot of knowledge from a diverse group of ITM experts.

Thursday Sessions

  • Fire & Risk Hazards in the Application of Low Global Warming Refrigerants

    Thursday Sessions

    Oct 7, 7:00 AM - 8:15 AM (PT)
    Julian R. de Bullet

    Members of the fire safety community have expressed concern over the use of the new EPA approved A2L refrigerants in firefighting events. This presentation will show the results of recent technical research and will explain why new codes and standards must be approved quickly

  • NFSA Research and Development

    Thursday Sessions

    Oct 7, 7:00 AM - 8:15 AM (PT)
    Michael Joanis, PE

    NFSA conducted six live fire demonstrations to highlight sprinkler system performance under high challenge fire scenarios. Three of the live burns focused on the performance of modern-day fast response residential sprinklers compared to older standard response standard spray sprinklers with increased RTI values. Two of the fires challenged a partial sprinkler system in an unfinished basement and its ability to protect exposed lightweight structural floor joists. One demonstration focused on the value of having the fire department supply the fire department connections, even well after the incipient fire growth stage. We will review each fire scenario, the data collected, and video evidence from these demonstrations to further discuss the potential for future research projects to support revisions to the code and standards. Future NFSA research to directly support the widespread acceptance of the fire sprinkler concept will be presented.

  • NFSA/IAFC-FLSS Roundtable

    Thursday Sessions

    Oct 7, 7:00 AM - 8:15 AM (PT)
    Joe Powers

    The NFSA/IAFC-FLSS Roundtable is a community risk reduction-focused conversation addressing outcomes, partnerships, and solutions. The day’s topics range from your thoughts and questions to the discussion from those seated next to you. The facilitated event encourages participant interaction and positive collaboration between the private and public sectors. There is no presentation, no sponsorships, just good old fashion talk amongst friends. ...hard to tell. This is a "fly by the seat of our pants and have great collaboration" kind of session.

Friday Sessions

  • Common Voices 6th Annual Golf Classic

    Oct 8, 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM (PT)
    Common Voices is excited that the NFSA has decided to host the 6th Annual Common Voices Golf Classic at the 2021 North American Fire Sprinkler Expo! Working together, we realize time and time again the difference that sharing our stories makes in advancing the concept of fire sprinklers. Our goal is to be a go-to resource for community leaders who need a first-person account of the devastating impact fire can have on a community and a family. We can prevent future tragedies, and we believe that our stories help everyone understand in a way that makes a difference. Visit our website for additional resources and information at www.fireadvocates.org. Your support is greatly appreciated, and as a non-profit 501(c)3 we are now ready to grow our mission and expand our efforts even more. We know the proceeds from our sixth Golf Classic will help us do that! We are humbled by the generosity of NFSA members, the vision and leadership of the Board, from our formation informally in 2007, to our incorporation in 2010, NFSA has been a guiding force and we appreciate you all!

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