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2022 “How Fire Loss Impacts Code Development and Enforcement” Webinar

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Historic Fires: How Fire Loss Impacts Fire Code DevelopmentTragic events have long been the catalyst for improving safety. Following a significant fire loss, there is much to be learned about what occurred and how the loss may have been prevented. To explore building and fire codes that exist today as a direct result of tragic fire loss, fire protection industry expert Tom Parrish, SET, CFPS, PSP will present the Fire Smarts “How Fire Loss Impacts Code Development and Enforcement” webinar. The virtual event will be held on Thursday, March 10, 2022, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm (Eastern).

During the course, several preventable disasters, and the code changes that they triggered, will be covered. These include the Great Chicago Fire, the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire, and the Cocoanut Grove Nightclub Fire. These major fires each played a critical role in driving the development of modern-day fire codes and what is now the NFPA 101 Life Safety Code. Understanding these events provides a clearer appreciation for current fire codes aiding in compliance, enforcement and risk management.

Upon completion of the webinar, attendees will gain knowledge of the effect of large-scale fire fatalities on code enforcement and will have a deeper understanding of the code development process.

Fire Smarts provides monthly, informative training webinars, taught by Telgian fire protection experts, to educate on specific areas of fire protection systems. To learn more about the “How Fire Loss Impacts Code Development and Enforcement” webinar and to register, please visit Fire Smarts.

About Tom Parrish, SET, CFPS, PSP

Tom Parrish, TelgianTom Parrish has more than 30 years of experience in fire protection and emergency response and is the retired Fire Marshal for Putnam Township Michigan, as well as Vice President of Telgian. As a force for positive change in the fire protection industry, Parrish is active in several global code development organizations. In addition to his work as the Vice President of the Automatic Fire Alarm Association (AFAA), Parrish serves on several National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) technical committees including NFPA 72 Signaling Systems for the Protection of Life and Property and Emergency Communications Systems. His professional credentials include Level IV NICET Certified Fire Alarm Technician, Level III NICET Inspections and Testing, Certified Fire Protection Specialist, Master Electrician and ASIS Board-Certified Physical Security Professional.

An experienced instructor, Parrish teaches nationally and internationally on a variety of fire safety and security topics. Recent presentations include “Understanding Proprietary Fire Alarm Systems,” “NICET Test Preparation,” “NFPA 72, National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code,” and “Fire Alarm System Initiating Device Basics.”

Parrish is also a sought-after author and has published numerous articles on related fire, life safety and security topics. Examples include “Smart Questions to Ask About a Fire Alarm System” for Construction Executive magazine, “Fire Alarm Industry Trends,” for A&S magazine, and the PRSM Best Practices Handbook, among others.

For media and interview inquiries with Tom Parrish, please contact Susan McNeill, Telgian Holdings, Inc., at  

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