AIBO Fire Track

Attendees will receive a University of Minnesota Continuing Education Unit (CEU) certificate for their attendance at the Institute. One University of Minnesota CEU is defined as ten hours of participation.  Scroll down to see session information.

January 11

8–9:30 a.m.

Beyond Flame Spread: A Closer Look at Interior Finish and Decorative Materials

Forrest Williams, Minnesota State Fire Marshal's Office

Interior finish and decorative material provisions have changed significantly within the last few code cycles, and today’s fire code official must have knowledge beyond basic flame-spread and smoke development ratings. Did you know ASTM E84 is no longer an approved test method for foam and thermal plastics, or that wall-mounted items like acoustical panels and lockers can be considered interior finish? Have you ever wondered how often flame-resistant-treated fabrics need to be recertified? This presentation examines recent changes, commonly misunderstood language, and test methods found in Chapter 8 of the Minnesota State Fire Code.

This course has been approved for 1.75 State of Minnesota CEs: Building Officials, Residential Contractors, and Manufactured Home Installers.

9:45–11:15 a.m.

Tents and Membrane Structures

Gary Schroeder, City of Rochester

Tents and membrane structures are a largely unnoticed part of our everyday lives.  We see them used for weekly farmers markets and swap meets, warming houses at the ice rink, outdoor lounges on rooftop patios, festivals, parties, and the list goes on.  This presentation will look at the sometimes tragic experience of tent and membrane structure use in the US and explore the Minnesota State Building and Fire Codes that are in place to mitigate a repeat of preventable incidents.  This program will also present  specific case studies of uniquely challenging structures, the code path followed during review and approval, and lessons learned through those projects.

This course has been approved for 1.75 State of Minnesota CEs: Building Officials, Residential Contractors, and Manufactured Home Installers.

12:15−3:30 p.m.

 

ICC-Approved

Can You Hear Me Now? Fire Alarm Voice Intelligibility and Notification

John Swanson, Minnesota State Fire Marshal

This presentation will discuss two topics from NFPA 72 and the International Building and Fire Codes. The first half of the presentation will focus on Voice Alarm Communications (i.e. intelligibility and audibility), while the second half will focus on notification requirements, their intent, and where and where/when required.

This course has been approved for 3.50 State of Minnesota CEs: Building Officials, Residential Contractors, and Manufactured Home Installers.

January 12

8−11:15 a.m.

NFPA 25 – Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance Roles and Responsibilities

Kevin Olsen, Olsen Fire Protection

Sprinkler systems have long been recognized as the gold standard in automatic, active fire protection. The success in achieving this distinction is directly related to the effort put into inspecting, testing, and maintaining these systems. This presentation will focus on what makes a good ITM program and what the roles and responsibilities are of each of the stakeholders, including the AHJ.

This course has been approved for 3.5 State of Minnesota CEs: Building Officials and Plumbing and Water Conditioning.

12:15−1:45 p.m.

Creative Solutions to Unique Challenges – Is Performance Based Design Still Relevant?

Chris Leaver, Summit Fire Consulting

Through an interactive presentation of case studies, particpants will gain a working understanding of rational analysis techniques that can be applied immediately to solve simple to complex code challenges. In addition to an overview of Performance Based Design, the presentation will focus on the information, process, and tools necessary to arrive at creative solutions to unique challenges and the AHJ’s role in collaborative and constructive critique of the rational analysis.

This course has been approved for 1.75 State of Minnesota CEs: Building Officials, Residential Contractors, Manufactured Home Installers, and Plumbing and Water Conditioning.

2−3:30 p.m.

Advancements in Fire Protection Technologies

Chris Leaver, Summit Fire Consulting

The physics of fire hasn't changed since flames first flickered in caves of our ancient ancestors, but our understanding of the dynamics at play and our attempts to gain control of this powerful force are ever-evolving. This presentation will examine the latest in fire science, and the tools and technology we employ in the attempt to safeguard our lives and property from fire.

This course has been approved for 1.75 State of Minnesota CEs: Building Officials, Residential Contractors, Manufactured Home Installers, and Plumbing and Water Conditioning.