2021 Conference Attendee Information – March 16-17

Register now to attend the premier Fire Protection conference of the year! THIS YEAR’S CONFERENCE WILL BE 100% VIRTUAL! Rest assured, we will still deliver outstanding professional development and networking opportunities. Each program session will be hosted virtually. Program speakers will share a presentation on their selected topics, which will be followed by a live question and answer session. Our technology partner will be on stand-by and ready to help you, should you encounter any technical difficulties joining the conference program sessions. Please note that only paid registrants will receive CEUs for the conference based on live attendance. As always, proceeds from the conference will 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. Additional information on each session including available information on each presenter is in the program grid.


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Lineup of Seminars and Class Sessions for 2021

Tuesday Seminars March 16

Seminar 2

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

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

B – Expert Panel: The Latest Developments in Emergency Responder Radio Coverage Systems (ERRCS) 1:30-2:30

– John Foley, Chief Alan Perdue, Kern Davis

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

Don Austin – Notifier

Seminar 3

8:30am – 4:00pm

NICET Special Hazards – Tuesday Only

FSSA Presenters

What is FSSA?

Please click on NICET link for the time line of the day. 

Seminar 4

8:30am – 4:30pm

NICET Level I & Level II Fire Alarm 

Due to unforseen circumstances this class has been Cancelled.. we apologize for any inconvenience. 

Wednesday Sessions – March 17

Session 1A

Spaceports and the Development of NFPA 461  

–  Doug Fisher, P.E. Principal Fisher Engineering, Inc. 


Session 1B

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

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

Session 1D

Alternative Fire Protection Toward Reducing Water Demand

 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 Fire Protection Designs and NFPA 75

Lee Kaiser Orr Protection Systems

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 Chief Engineering Officer Telgian Holdings, Inc. 

Session 3C

Open Protectives and the Latest Glaze Technologies

–  Bill Koffel, P.E. 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 Chair Telgain Holdings, Inc

Session 4B

Navigating the New Normal: Pedestrian Simulation Modeling for Covid-19

-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!