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Overview
This program includes five short courses for the fire alarm industry that explain the roles, relationships and requirements of building codes, fire codes, and the Life Safety Code with respect to fire detection and alarm systems. The series will consist of five sessions, each about 60 minutes long.  Each session will focus on a particular aspect of the fire alarm industry and how it is affected by specific regulations.

Automatic Fire Alarm Association (AFAA) members and graduates of the University of Maryland in Fire Protection Engineering receive a $45 discount. Refunds are not available for members who enroll and submit full payment. 

Session 1 (Thursday August 1, 2019)  – The Regulatory Environment

  • 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)

Session 2 (Monday August 5, 2019)  – The International Building Code and  International Fire Code (IBC/IFC)

  • Introduction (5 minutes)
  • Organization of the ICC Codes (5 minutes)
  • ICC code revision process (25 minutes)
  • Occupancy classifications within the IBC/IFC (25 minutes)

Session 3 (Thursday August 8, 2019) – Fire Alarms and the IBC/IFC

  • Introduction (5 minutes)
  • IBC/IFC requirements for fire detection and alarm systems by Occupancy (30 minutes)
  • Additional requirements in the IBC/IFC for fire detection and alarm systems (25 minutes)

Session 4 (Monday August 19, 2019)  – National Fire Protection Association Codes and Standards

  •  Introduction (5 minutes)
  • Organization of the NFPA documents (5 minutes)
  • NFPA revision process (25 minutes)
  • Occupancy classifications within NFPA 101/NFPA 5000 (25 minutes)

Session 5 (Thursday August 22, 2019) – Fire Alarms and NFPA 101/NFPA 5000

  • Introduction (5 minutes)
  • NFPA 101 and NFPA 5000 requirements for detection and alarm systems (30 minutes)
  • Additional requirements for detection and alarm systems (25 minutes)

When
Broadcast live and taught face-to-face at 4:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) on August 1, 5, 8, 19, and 22, 2019. Participants can attend the live session in person or virtually; however, attendance is not required. Each of the five live sessions will be recorded and all course materials will be made available for participants to complete at their own pace approximately 72 business hours after each live session.

Where
Live sessions will be taught at the University of Maryland, College Park campus. 
Room 2217 in the J.M. Patterson Building

All live sessions will be recorded and all course materials will be made available for participants to complete at their own pace approximately 72 business hours after each live session.

Instructor
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.