Full course description
The first in a series of short courses for the fire alarm industry that explains the roles, relationships, and requirements of building codes, fire codes, and Life Safety Code with respect to fire detection. The series consists of five sessions, each about 60 minutes long. The first session will cover: regulations concerning fire alarm projects, differences between codes and standards, history of codes and standards pertaining to fire alarms, technology and language of codes and standards, model codes and standards, model codes and their place in the enforcement arena, and how regulations are adopted and enforced in the United States. All courses are taught by University of Maryland faculty from the Fire Protection Engineering Department.
Automatic Fire Alarm Association (AFAA) members and graduates of the University of Maryland in Fire Protection Engineering receive a $10 discount. Refunds are not available for members who enroll and submit full payment.
Session 1 – The Regulatory Environment (Approximately 60 minutes)
- Introduction (5 minutes)
- Regulations concerning fire alarm projects (15 minutes)
- Differences between codes and standards (5 minutes)
- History of codes and standards pertaining to fire alarms (15 minutes)
- Terminology and language of codes and standards (5 minutes)
- Model codes and their place in the enforcement arena (7 minutes)
- How regulations are adopted and enforced in the United States (8 minutes)
The live lecture was recorded August 1, 2019. The recording and all course materials have been made available for participants to complete at their own pace through December 31, 2019.
The live version was taught at the University of Maryland, College Park campus. The recorded series is now available to watch on-line from anywhere in the world.
Kenneth E. Isman is a Clinical Professor at the University of Maryland in the Fire Protection Engineering Department where he teaches classes in fire protection systems design, life safety analysis and performance-based design. He is a Licensed Professional Engineer and has been inducted as a Fellow of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers. He has experience as a member of more than 14 Technical Committees of the NFPA and has worked to implement building codes, fire codes and industry standards at the national, state and local levels. He has served on several model code committees and has spearheaded meaningful changes through the model codes used throughout the United States.
Non-credit programs, courses, and Continuing Education Units (CEUs) do not post to the University of Maryland transcript and do not count towards a student's academic record. Neither a grade nor credit is earned. Students do not receive a University ID card and will not be granted access to University facilities such as recreation, transportation, and campus events. Non-credit students may access UMD Libraries as Visitors.