Navigating the Relationship of NFPA 30 and NFPA 13: Sprinklers for Flammable and Combustible Liquids

  • November 09, 2017
  • 11:45 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Merrick HQ - 5970 Greenwood Plaza Blvd, Greenwood Village, CO 80111


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Presentation: Navigating the Relationship between NFPA 30 & NFPA 13: Sprinklers for Flammable and Combustible Liquids

This presentation will examine the interrelationship between NFPA 30, Flammable and Combustible Liquids Code, and NFPA 13, Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems. When the quantities of flammable and combustible liquids to be protected exceed the scope of the criteria within NFPA 13, NFPA 30 must be consulted but it often refers back to all or portions of NFPA 13. At times, disentangling the application of one standard from the other can be challenging.

This presentation will outline the decision paths connecting the two standards and identify some of the areas where flammable liquids code defers to the sprinkler installation standard.

1.      Participants will explain the scope and fundamental application of both NFPA 30 and NFPA 13.

2.      Participants will identify common situations where NFPA 30 applies to sprinkler installation.

3.      Participants will identify common situations where NFPA 30 relies on specific NFPA 13 protection criteria.

4.      Participants will identify the parts of NFPA 13 applicable throughout NFPA 30.

PRESENTER: Bob Upson, Manager of Engineering Services (National Fire Sprinkler Association)

Bob Upson is the Manager of Engineering Services for the National Fire Sprinkler Association (NFSA). In this position he provides engineering support, representation to technical committees, and assists in the development and delivery of training and education programs produced by NFSA. He is a fire marshal and retired career firefighter with over 35 years of experience in fire protection including code enforcement, fire sprinkler industry representation, and codes and standards administration. He currently serves as a member of several NFPA technical committees including NFPA 30, Flammable and Combustible Liquids Code; NFPA 101A: Guide on Alternative Approaches to Life Safety; NFPA 551: Guide for the Evaluation of Fire Risk Assessments; and NFPA 750: Standard on Water Mist Fire Protection Systems.

Mr. Upson holds a Master of Science in Fire Protection Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and Bachelor’s degrees from the University of Connecticut and Charter Oak State College.  He has served as a fire department training officer and adjunct instructor at the Connecticut Fire Academy, developing and instructing courses on fire protection, hazardous materials, and incident management, and has developed and delivered NFSA technical presentations and training seminars on many topics related to fire protection to large and small groups throughout the United States.

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