2020 Conference Attendee Information – March 10-11

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 2020 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.

Attendee Registration

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As a conference attendee, you are invited to participate in various networking opportunities during the Fire Safety Conference, including the Welcome Reception, breakfast during registration, box lunch break on Tuesday, and the keynote lunch presentation on Wednesday. You are also invited to the “No-Host” reception at the Marlow’s Tavern immediately following the Conference.  


Hampton Inn Rate $169 6010 Sugarloaf Parkway Lawrenceville, GA  30043 Phone: 678-407-0018 Group Name: Society of Fire Protection Engineers Greater Atlanta Chapter 

Holiday Inn Rate $129 6310 Sugarloaf Parkway Duluth, GA  30097 Phone: 888-269-9585 Group Code: SFPE Or click on the following link: SFPE

Hilton Garden Inn  No Special Rate/Going Rate 2040 Sugarloaf Ct. Duluth, GA 30097 Phone: 770-495-7600  

Thank you to our Sponsors & Exhibitors to date:


Lineup of Seminars and Class Sessions for 2020

Tuesday Seminars March 10

Seminar 1

Special Amusements: Aligning Regulatory Requirements with Creative Goals
– Various Speakers – Includes a tour of Netherworld 

Seminar 2

Lithium Ion Battery Energy Storage Systems – Hazard Assessment and Fire Protection Issues
Scott Stookey, Austin Fire Department

Seminar 3

How to Prep for the P.E. Exam
John Frank, P.E. Leader, Loss Prevention Center of Expertise

Seminar 4

Fire Protection Systems Technology Symposium
–  Technology Symposium 

Wednesday Sessions – March 11

Session 1A

The Do’s and Dont’s of Smoke Control System Design  
Michael J. Ferreira, P.E., FSFPE Vice President – Jensen Hughes 

Session 1B

Understanding NFPA 3000 – Standard for an Active Shooter/Hostile Event Response (ASHER) Program
–  Kyle Smith Battalion Chief – Cobb County Fire & Emergency Senior Hazmat Consultant – Telgian Engineering and Consulting

Session 1C

Freedom to Design: How Much Freedom is There in Today’s FPE Environment
– Carl Baldassarra, P.E., FSFPE Principal – Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates

Session 1D

Collision Course: Using Data to Close the Gaps Between Fire Protection Engineering & Fire Code Enforcement 
Matt Hinds-Aldrich, Ph.D. Program Manager – Data & Analytics – NFPA

Session 2A

Inspection, Testing and Maintenance of Fire Protection Systems Impact on Reliability 
Scott Futrell, P.E., FSFPE, CFPS, CFEI, SET President & Founder – Futrell Fire Consultant & Design, Inc

Session 2B

Flammable and Combustible Liquids Storage, Handling and Dispensing Requirements
– Jason Pritchett Fire Safety Compliance Officer – Georgia State Fire Marshal’s Office – Hazardous Materials Division

Session 2C

Photovoltaic/ Energy Storage Systems Safety for First Responders
Robert Duval New England Regional Director/Senior Fire Investigator – NFPA

Session 2D

The Design Fire – Selecting Input Parameters for Fire & Egress Modeling Approaches
David Stacy, P.E., Principal/Founder – Performance Based Fire Protection Engineering, PLCC

Session 3A

Facilities and Film – How TV & Film Productions Use Stage & Warehouse Space
Sean Watkins Stage Manager – Eagle Rock Studios, Atlanta

Session 3B

Peformance Testing of a Wetting Agent on Deep Seated Fires
James Andy Lynch Owner – Fire Solutions Group

Session 3C

Preparing Hospitals for the Environment of Care & Life Safety Chapters of The Joint Commission Accrediation Survey
– Pamela D. Reno Senior Fire Protection Consultant – Telgian Engineering and Consulting

Session 3D

Holy Hashtag, Batman! Who Jokered my Internet? A Case Study of Recent Fires that have Disrupted Internet Service
Steve Dryden, P.E., Senior Fire Protection Engineer – Henderson Engineers

Session 4A

When Bad Things Happen to Good Systems… A Review of Selected Fire Protection System Failures
Daniel L. Arnold, P.E., FSFPE Partner – Seneca Fire Engineering LLC, Mike Ernst – Coffman Engineering, Inc. 

Session 4B

How Historic Building Fires Shaped Modern Codes 
Thomas Gardner & Matt Guilfoyle – Harrington Group 

Session 4C

The Basics and the Not-So-Basics of Bi-Directional Amplification/ Emergency Radio Communication Enhancement Systems
Don Austin Regional Sales Manager – Notifier

Session 4D

Drones and Fire Inspection
Matt Sloane CEO – Skyfire Consulting

Enjoy the Conference!