2021 Conference Attendee Information – March 16-17

On behalf of the Greater Atlanta Chapter of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE), you are invited to participate in an outstanding day of professional development and industry networking – the 2021 Annual SFPE Greater Atlanta Chapter Fire Safety Conference.

This year’s Conference offers another exceptional program of current fire protection topics by industry specialists. Proceeds benefit the Chapter’s scholarship fund which supports students from the Southeast enrolled in fire protection engineering and other worthy fire safety activities of the Chapter.

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Lineup of Seminars and Class Sessions for 2021

Tuesday Seminars March 16

Seminar 1

Lithium Ion Battery Panel Discussion 8:30 – 11:45

– Scott Stookey, Lee Kaiser, Jonathan Ingram, Casey Grant & William Sudah 

Bi-Directional Amplification Panel Discussion 1:30-2:30

VESDA: Beyond the Typical Application 2:45-4:15

Seminar 2

8:30am – 4:30pm

NFPA 101 Life Safety Evaluation (Chapter 12)

Usha Tyson, Larry Labbe, Matt Shannon, Nick Dawe

Seminar 3

8:30am – 4:30pm

NICET Special Hazards – Tuesday Only

Seminar 4

8:30am – 4:30pm

NICET Level I & Level II Fire Alarm – Tuesday & Wednesday

Keith Morris, SET – NICET Level IV Fire Alarm Systems since 2001  System Sales and design with Virginia Sprinkler Company, (VSC) Fire & Security Atlanta Division 

Kevin L. Biando, P.E. President of The Biando Group, LLC and General Manager of All-Star Fire, LLC

Wednesday Sessions – March 17

Session 1A

Spaceports and the Development of NFPA 461  

–  Doug Fisher Principal Fisher Engineering, Inc. 


Session 1B

Test, Verify, Decument-What’s in Your Integrated Testing Playbook?

–  Robert Solomon, Chief Development Officer SLS Consulting, Inc. 

Session 1C

Covid – 19 AHJ Discussion

– Matthew Phillips – Gwinnett County Fire, Rock Toller – Cobb County, Chief Young – Baldwin County

Session 1D

Fire Hazards and Protection Research Group, FM Global

 Stanislav Kostka, Senior Research Scientist, Fire Hazards and Protection Research Group,                                                          –Stephanie Thomas, Staff Engineering Specialist

Session 2A

Addressing Fire Alarm Systems Compliance Methodologies 

-Todd Iaeger Alarm System Auditor Underwriter’s Laboratories 

Session 2B

Data Center/Special Suppression

– Lee Kaiser Orr Protection Systems

Session 2C

Sprinklered California Warehouse Destroyed By Fire

Robert Duval New England Regional Director/Senior Fire Investigator NFPA

Session 2D

Tall Timber Buildings: A US  Perspective

– Sean DeCrane Manager Industry Relations Building & L/S Technologies Underwriters Laboratory

Session 3A

Additive Manufacturing Combustible Dust Hazards: Properly Protecting 3D  Printers & Makerspaces

Chris Unangst, PE, CSP Sr. Chemical Engineer Jensen Hughes

Session 3B

Protecting Boats without Scuttling the Ship (dry stacked boat storage)

-Tracy Bellamy Cheif Engineering Officer Tegain Holdings, Inc. & Tom Gardner Harrington Group, Inc. 

Session 3C


–  Bill Koffel President Koffel Associates

Session 3D

The Role of Sprinkler Protection for Engergy Storage Systems

-Ben Ditch Sr. Lead Reserach Engineer/Engineering & Research Tech. Team Leader FM Global

Session 4A

Reaction to COVID Pandemic 

Russ Leavitt Executive Chari Telgain Holdings, Inc

Session 4B

Navigating the “New Normal” Covid-19 Social Distancing Simulation for Public Spaces & Buildings

-Robert Gerard, PE Sr Fire Protection Engineer Coffman. 

Session 4C

Hanger Foam Systems: Recent Field Experience, Environmental Concerns, and the Search for Alternatives 

-Jim Milke, PhD, Professor/Chair UMD and Doug Fisher, Principal Fisher Engineering

Session 4D

Fire Pumps and the 2022 Edition of NFPA 20

– Milosh Puchovsky Professor of Practice/Associate Deparment Head WPI


Enjoy the Conference!