2023 Annual Fire Safety Conference – March 14-15

Please join us for the 2023 SFPE Greater Atlanta Fire Safety Conference, March 14-15, 2023.

Many outstanding learning and networking opportunities will be offered. Conference attendees will participate in live discussions after presentations by program speakers. Sponsors will have ample opportunity to make an impact and engage with conference-goers. We’ve built in plenty of break time so you can address issues that come up during your workday. Note that only paid registrants will receive CEUs for the conference based on live attendance. Additional information on each session including available information on each presenter is in the program grid.  If you are interested in one of the numerous sponsorship opportunities, please visit our Sponsors and Exhibitors page.  For attendee registration, please visit our Conference Attendee Page.

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Lineup of Seminars and Class Sessions for 2023

Tuesday Seminars March 14

8:30am – 4:30pm

Seminar 1

Special Hazards Seminar – Sponsored by Fire Suppression Systems Association

-Differentiating PFAS – Paul Rivers, Retired 3M and FSSA Honorary Member

-Room Pressure Venting – Chris Coxon, Amventco

-Suppression System Inspection and Maintenance – Chris White, Koorson Fire & Security

-Foam Update – Joe McElvany, American Fire/Hiller Fire Protection

-CO2 Update – Steve Nelson, Orr Protection Systems

Seminar 2

Fire Pump Fundamentals Class & SPP Pumps Tour

Wills Lacrosse, Kevin Biando, Chris Dilday

Seminar 3

Technology Symposium

– Why Inert Gas is the Way of the Future, Robert J. Blodgett, Carrier/Kidde Fire Systems

– Aerosol Extinguishing Technology, Bill Denney, Hochiki America Corporation

– New Sprinkler Technology: Storage in Tall Spaces, Phil Friday, P.E., FSFPE, Reliable Automatic Sprinkler Co., Inc.

– A Renewed Interest in CO2, Patrick Sullivan, Carrier/Kidde Fire Systems

– Lithium-Ion Battery Fires: Is Water Mist the Solution? Jonathan G. Ingram, Marioff, Inc./Marioff North America

– Fiber Optic Linear Heat Detection, Rick Jeffress ARM, CET, CFPS, CHRS, Fike Corporation

Wednesday Sessions – March 15

Session 1A

Hazard Mitigation & Emergency Response for Lithium-Ion ESS

Milosh Puchovsky -WPI


Session 1C

Recognition & Resolution of conflicts between Code Compliance & Risk Management in Storage & use of Ignitable Liquids

Alwin Kelly – Jensen Hughes

Session 1D

Sloped Ceilings, Obstructed Construction, Potential New Updates to FMDS 2-0

Wes Baker – FM Global


Session 2A

Special Inspection of Fire Stopping – Understanding and Complying with IBC Requirements

Ed Goldhammer – Hilti

Session 2B

7 Deadly Sins of Email

Karen McCabe/Anita Rogers – IMCI


Session 2C

Reducing Hazards of Open Top Combustible Containers

Stephanie Thomas & Dong Han- FM Global

Session 2D

Energy Storage from Compliance to Training

Christina Francis – Tesla


Session 3A

In Case of Fire – Use Elevators Sometimes, Never, It Depends

Robert Solomon / Paul Esteve – SLS Consulting

Session 3B

Panel Discussion: Converting Existing Buildings to Hazardous Occupancies – 

Jack Smeck, Matt Isaacs, Mark Hagan

Moderator: Ralph Foster

Session 3C

Corrosion & Ice Plug Mitigation for Fire Sprinkler Systems in Refrigerated Spaces

Lucas Kern – Engineered Corrosion Solutions, LLC

Session 3D

Early Fire Detection on Solar (PV) Arrays – What, Where, Why and How?

Rick Jeffress – Fike

Session 4A

Everything you Wanted to Know about NFPA 3 & 4 But Were Afraid to Ask

Matt Klaus – NFPA


Session 4B

Battery Hazards for the Fire Service – Micro-mobility, EV’s and BESS

Bob Duval – NFPA

Session 4C

Advancements in Concrete Tech: Printing & Glass Fiber Reinforced Polymer

Steve Szoke – American Concrete Institute

Session 4D

The Ins and Outs of BDA Commissioning

Les Potts – BearCom & Don Austin – Notifier

 Enjoy the Conference!


CONFERENCE LOCATION – GAS SOUTH DISTRICT 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth, Georgia 30097 (770) 813-7500



Holiday Inn Infinite Energy Center- $119-$129

Tru by Hilton Lawrenceville Atlanta/I-85/Sugarloaf – $109

Hilton Garden Inn – Atlanta NE/ Gwinnett Sugarloaf – $139 – $149

Home 2 Suites – Lawrenceville Atlanta Sugarloaf- $135 – $145