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Pre-Emergency Planning:
A Key for End Users of Fire Protection/Detection Systems
Thursday, April 2, 2020 at 1:00 PM, EDT

Current times with limited or no facilities personnel immediately available exemplify the need to have effective pre-plans to provide guidance to response personnel to address incidents to keep them from getting worse.  It is also an excellent time to download building intelligence from personnel that know it into a tool that is shareable by all agencies and personnel that may respond to a facility emergency.

Industrial sites often anticipate fire as a potential hazard and feature engineered built-in systems, such as detection/suppression systems and on-site water supplies, to protect against it. Incidents at many commercial and industrial facilities can pose many challenges and hazards, which include not only fire, but also explosions and over-pressures, electrocution, pressurized fires and exposure to noise and chemicals.

Presented by: Greg Jakubowski

Greg Jakubowski is a licensed fire protection engineer in 3 states, having worked for more than 35 years in the consulting, sprinkler, insurance, and pharmaceutical industries working on project teams for over $3BB (USD) in projects in the US, Europe and Asia. He holds a B.S. in Fire Protection Engineering from the University of Maryland, and a M.S. in Public Safety from St. Joseph's University. Greg also has decades of service as a fire chief officer, serving in volunteer and combination fire departments in several counties in 2 states. He has authored more than 150 articles, presented at numerous local and national conferences, and instructed programs to thousands of students on 5 continents. He chairs the NFPA 1620 Pre-Incident Planning Committee and participates on 2 other committees. He is a partner in Fire Planning Associates, Inc., a company dedicated to assisting both private and public agencies with dealing with challenging fire protection and safety issues and specializing in pre-planning buildings and other complex target hazards using their Blazemark software product.

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Building Security and Access Issues Increase Due to COVID-19
Tuesday, April 7 @ 1:00 PM, EDT

Rapid access products, like a Knox Box, are critical for safe and rapid ingress for first responders. With the COVID-19 virus resulting in business lockdowns and closings, rapid access products are more significant than ever, for both the first responder and the building owner.  

Learn from retired Columbus Division of Fire Assistant Chief David Whiting on how the virus impacts rapid access, the role of fire departments, FEDs and sprinkler contractors when it comes to rapid access during these challenging times, and gain an understanding the future of rapid access and how the City of Columbus brought their vision to reality.

Presented by: David Whiting
Assistant Fire Chief (Retired), Columbus Division of Fire in Columbus, OH.

David Whiting recently retired as an Assistant Chief with The Columbus Division of Fire in Columbus, Ohio. He spent 38 years in the fire service with significant experience in operations, management and chief fire marshal. In addition, he served as safety chief, public information officer and special operations.

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Employee Partner Safety: Emphasizing on Field Technicians
Tuesday, April 14 @ 1:00 PM, EDT

This presentation will examine a safety program that fits both compliance requirements and supports employee safety, emphasizing on field technicians. This program explores the challenges of developing and implementing safety into our corporate culture, which ultimately results in keeping our employee partners safe and ensures compliance with the regulating agencies.

Presenter: Alice McKinney,
Senior Safety and Health Manager 
Cintas Corporation - Fire Division

Alice McKinney is a Senior Safety and Health Manager, supporting the Fire Division within Cintas Corporation. While she’s been with Cintas for the last 10 years, she came from both Coca Cola and General Electric Aviation offering safety and industrial hygiene support. She graduated from the University of Findlay with a B.S. in Occupational Safety and Health Management, emphasizing in Industrial Hygiene. She’s native to Cincinnati, Ohio where Cintas is also headquartered.

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Quality and Safety Through a Credentialed Workforce and NICET's New Customer Portal
Tuesday, April 21 @ 1:00 PM, EST

 A qualified workforce improves quality and safety (for the public and the workforce). This seminar will cover credential types, how they are used and the importance of continuing education. Also learn how industry participates in development of NICET certifications and the career track certification requirements. Plus, get an overview of NICET’s new customer portal that allows more capabilities and access for candidates and certificants.  

Presented by: Chip Hollis

Mr. Hollis is responsible for internal and external communications, and communication systems. He promotes the value of NICET certification to technicians, employers, contract specifiers, AHJs and other stakeholders. He strives to create a customer friendly environment and improve processes while preserving the rigor and integrity of NICET certifications.

Prior to joining NICET in 2006, Mr. Hollis spent most of his career in marketing and communication in the association sector. Additionally, he spent three years performing financial analysis in the telecom industry.  Mr. Hollis holds a B.S. degree in Business Administration: Marketing from California State University, Long Beach.

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The Basics of Fire Alarm Initiating and Notification Devices:
Thursday, April 30 @ 1:00 PM, EDT

This presentation will cover the basics of proper spacing and layout of initiating and notification devices in fire alarm systems.  This includes spacing guidelines and rules, how public vs private modes differ, corridor rules and sleeping rooms.

Presented By: Tom Parrish. 

Mr. Parrish has more than 25 years’ experience in fire protection and emergency response. He has held positions with municipal fire, law enforcement and emergency medical services and in private industry system design and installation programs. He serves on several NFPA technical committees including NFPA 72 Signaling Systems for the Protection of Life and Property and Emergency Communications Systems. He is a board member of AFAA and is a senior instructor for NFPA. His professional credentials include Level IV NICET Certified Fire Alarm Technician, Level III NICET Inspections and Testing, Certified Fire Protection Specialist and Master Electrician. He is board certified as a Physical Security Professional by ASIS and holds a bachelor’s in Industrial Technology from the Kean University of New Jersey.

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