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2024 NASFM Symposium

A great conference needs great presenters!


The implementation of our new website may have limited some from offering proposals, so we are allowing additional time for our Call For Presentations.  

NASFM and IFMA are asking interested individuals to offer proposals for presentations at the upcoming symposium. The conference format is generally fast-moving short presentations that focus on topics identified as being relevant to the attendees. Time is allotted for questioning but some of the best discussions occur during networking sessions. Some sessions will include all three partners, although breakouts for both the NCOAA and IFMA will be provided.  NCOAA will decide their own program, and both NASFM and IFMA will coordinate their programs geared more toward the fire marshal positioning.

NCOAA presentation proposals will be accepted HERE.

NASFM & IFMA presentation proposals will be accepted HERE.

The membership and conference attendees expect cutting edge educational information that has a focus on emerging issues and futuristic fire prevention and safety practices, the following areas of importance have been identified by the membership of NASFM.

Leadership Fire origin and causes / Arson Abatement Educational Program Development
Codes and Plans Review Emergency Services / Disaster Response Community Risk Reduction (CRR)          Technology     State Fire Training     Trending / Current Events

*NCOAA presentation proposals focused on carbon monoxide safety will be accepted at the link above. Where possible, proposals should align with the 4 CO Safety Coalition Work Groups – 1) Date Surveillance 2) Science & Technology 3) Emergency & Trade Response or 4) Codes, Standards, & Regulations.

NASFM Online Training Results in Textbook CO2 Pipeline Response!

Congratulations to Calcasieu Parish’s Ward Six Fire Protection District No. 1 and Houston River Fire Department for conducting a textbook response to a carbon dioxide (CO2) release near Sulphur, LA. Special recognition goes out to Chief Todd Parker, who had recently completed NASFM online pipeline emergency response training and served as Incident Commander. Their actions, in line with industry and NASFM emergency response practices, included:

- Identifying the source of the release;

- Determining the pipeline operator’s phone number and called with the proper information;

- Establishing a 330-foot perimeter (in accordance with PHMSA’s Emergency Response Guidebook) and closed the road;

- Setting up an on-scene command post;

- Conducting air monitoring; and

- Using the proper personal protection equipment (PPE).

No injuries or significant impacts were reported from the release.

Along with working to prevent incidents, pipeline operators work with NASFM to help prepare first responders to manage pipeline emergencies. Prior to the incident, Denbury provided parish emergency response officials and area fire departments with information related to its assets, the characteristics of CO2, the behavior of a CO2 release and a checklist of the initial steps of incident response.

The company also provided information on NASFM’s Pipeline Emergencies “textbook” (Pipeline Emergencies), NASFM’s emergency response online training modules (NASFM Training) and the ExxonMobil Pipeline Company tank and liquids pipeline emergency training (TEEX Overview) it offers to firefighters along its routes.

NASFM continues to work to bring industry and firefighters together to be better prepared and to help keep our communities safe.


Announcing the newly formed NASFM PIO-Network

As part of the NASFM Strategic Plan, in May we launched a new program called NASFM PIO-Network or PIO-NET for short. The invitation announcement was made available for all state fire marshals who had a dedicated PIO / Marketing / CRR to participate. This group will work together to help NASFM in national media campaigns, serve as peers to other states, assist states that lack similar resources, and to coordinate media on a larger scale. The second meeting was held in mid-June with several states participating.  One goal was to identify who had PIO / Marketing /CRR staff that would participate. Secondly, highlight the efforts of one State Fire Marshal’s Office each month in the newsletter.

If you or one of your team members would like to participate, please contact Gary West at Gary@browning.red to be added to the monthly one-hour Google call. Meeting is held on the Third Wednesday each month at 2pm Eastern / 1pm Central. 

New Fire Resource Guide

The National Association of State Fire Marshals (NASFM) is proud to present a resource guide on residential fire sprinklers for code officials, builders, developers, and elected officials. The information serves as a source to ensure life safety concerns meet at least the minimum code requirements, regardless of whether residential fire sprinkler systems are required in their jurisdiction or not.   

Residential Sprinkler Design Enhancements, A Resource Guide for AHJ’s, Builders, Developers, and Elected Officials” was compiled by the National Association of State Fire Marshals, Model Codes Committee, Sub-Committee on Code Amendments Related to Sprinklers. 

By clearly identifying all design enhancements allowed when residential sprinkler systems are installed, AHJ’s will be able to ensure that when residential occupancies are constructed without residential sprinkler systems these design enhancements are not allowed. This approach will help ensure that all residential occupancies in their jurisdiction are code compliant, regardless of whether a sprinkler system is installed at the time of construction or not.

The intent is to identify design and construction protection features that require consideration to maintain an acceptable level of safety in one- and two-family dwellings where amendments or deletions have modified provisions of the codes.  The purpose is to alert code officials, building design and construction professionals, and regulatory authorities and highlight the required alternative designs where the requirement for installation of automatic sprinkler protection has been removed.

This guide deals exclusively with design enhancement options found in the 2021 Edition of the International Residential Code (IRC), as well as certain special allowances that are provided in the 2021 Edition of the International Fire Code (IFC) and the International Building Code (IBC), all of which are published by the International Code Council (ICC).

If you have questions or need assistance in referencing this resource, please feel free to contact Phil Oakes (phil@browning.red) or Gary West (gary@browning.red) at the National Association of State Fire Marshals.

For a copy of the guide click here

NASFM works with the Safer Buildings Coalition on the Complete ERCES Handbook

This first-of-its-kind desk reference and study guide authored by the Safer Buildings Coalition, in collaboration with subject matter experts from across the industry and with the assistance of NASFM, includes comprehensive learning and reference material pertaining to Emergency Responder Communications Enhancement Systems (ERCES), plus everything you need to prepare for the NICET IB-PSC Certification.

The Handbook covers the following NICET IB-PSC certifications: Designer and Technician (Levels 1, 2 and 3), and is used as a reference for a variety of topics. It also includes an exclusive ERCES Vendor Directory to accelerate your search for knowledgeable industry resources.

The Safer Buildings Coalition's long-awaited Complete ERCES Handbook with NICET Study Guide is available to order today.

For more information, please visit https://erceshandbook.com

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