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Significant Changes to NFPA 72® Impacting The Code Official, Designer And Contractor

  • 04/08/2016
  • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Rice University Anderson-Clarke Center
  • 7


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Come join the Houston SFPE Chapter along with the Texas Burglar & Fire Alarm Association, the Texas Fire Marshal's Association, Ballou Fire Systems and the Rice University Environmental Health and Safety Department as we present a one-day class on the significant changes to the National Fire Alarm Code, NFPA 72®.

Six (6) hours of CEU/PDH will be provided for Professional Engineers, contractors, fire officials and code officials in attendance.  This course has also been approved through the International Code Council's Preferred Provider Program.


Rice University Glasscock School of Continuing Studies

Anderson-Clarke Center (Building 4)



08:00 AM - 08:50 AM - Registration and coffee and pastries served. 

09:00 AM - 12:00 noon – Morning session

12:00 noon - 01:00 PM – Lunch provided in Anderson-Clarke Center

01:00 PM - 04:00 PM – Afternoon session


Directions & Parking:

Enter Rice University Entrance 8 (University Dr & Stockton); Parking in West Lot 1.  You will need a credit card to enter the lot; validations will be provided for registered attendees.



At the completion of the course participants will:

·Have a better understanding of NFPA 72®, 2010/2013 editions and the changes from previous editions and be able to effectively locate sections using the new format.

·Leave the seminar understanding the new low frequency notification appliance requirement; including why the change was made, when they are necessary, where they should be installed, and how these appliances should be mounted.

·Understand new terminology such as Acoustically Distinguishable Spaces and Intelligibility and how it relates to voice evacuation and emergency communication systems.

·Have a better understanding of chapter 26 and be able to determine code vs. non-code compliant monitoring techniques for transmitting the fire alarm signal from the protected premises to the supervising station.

·Know what is coming in the 2016 edition of NFPA 72® and what is currently proposed for the 2019 edition and how it affects those working in the fire alarm industry.



Fire marshals, building officials, fire inspectors, building inspectors, plans examiners responsible for fire alarm plan review, fire alarm designers, fire protection engineers, firefighters who perform pre-plan and fire and life safety

inspections, fire alarm contractors, and facility managers who work with fire alarm systems.



John R. Swanson, Deputy State Fire Marshal (MN), Fire Inspector III & Plans Examiner Certified

John has worked in the fire prevention industry as a state and local fire marshal for nearly 15 years. John is currently a Deputy State Fire Marshal-Inspector & Plans Examiner with the Minnesota State Fire Marshal Division. In his current position, he is responsible for reviewing fire alarm system drawings for all public schools throughout the state of Minnesota. He is certified by the Minnesota Fire Service Certification Board as a Fire Inspector III, Plans Examiner, and Firefighter II. He currently represents the Minnesota State Fire Marshal Division on the NFPA 72® technical committee, MN State Fire Chiefs Fire Code Development Committee, State Fire Marshal fire code variance review panel, and the MN Construction Codes and Licensing Division Accessibility Review Board. John is also an approved instructor for technical fire prevention curriculum at the National Fire Academy. In 2013, he was appointed by Minnesota Governor, Mark Dayton to the Minnesota Board of AELSLAGID, which is responsible for establishing rules and regulations for those practicing in the architectural and engineering professions. Through his work on the NFPA 72 technical committee, John is currently serving on a national task group working with Oklahoma State University to review fire alarm notification appliances and the effects they have on children with autism spectrum disorder and other sensory related conditions.


John resides in Lakeville, MN and is married and has three sons. In 2013, his youngest son was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. Due to this, John has a personal interest in fire alarm systems and the effects it can have on children with sensory related disorders.

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