2023 Conference Attendee Information – March 14-15

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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