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September 10th meeting

Vancouver - September 10, 2013: SPFE BC invited well known fire protection engineer, Mr. Jack Mawhinney of Hughes and Associates (Baltimore, Maryland) to deliver a presentation on Fire Protection Challenges and Solutions in Rail and Road Tunnels. 

For the complete write-up with pictures view the pdf below.

Fire Protection Challenges and Solutions in Rail and Road Tunnels by Jack Mawhinney

Jack Mawhinney of Hughes and Associates in Baltimore, Maryland will present
the season's opening presentation on: Fire Protection Challenges and
Solutions in Rail and Road Tunnels. Jack has an international reputation as
a fire protection engineer- partly as a result of his work on water mist
systems. He has done much to further the cause of fire research and its
application to difficult design problems.

Start date: 
Tuesday, September 10, 2013 - 17:30

Slides from NFPA 13 presentation

Attached is the slides from Alex Hoffman's presentation to the BC Chapter in June, 2013 on the changes to NFPA 13.

We would like to thank Alex for providing the slides. 

Safety Regulations & Compliance Specialist (Fire Marshal)

Source:    BC Hydro

Job Title: Safety Regulations & Compliance Specialist (Fire Marshal)

Job Number:   BCH-R-9246-130809E1

Job Location: Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada



Recent Changes and Trends in NFPA 13 Presented by Alex Hoffman P. Eng

An understanding of automatic sprinkler requirements is fundamental to professional practice in fire protection engineering and code consultancy. References in building codes run significantly behind the current version of NFPA 13: the current reference in the Vancouver building bylaw is the 1999 version of the standard. The building code sets out the minimum standard but the ‘duty of care’ demands knowledge of the latest version and any changes that may affect fire and life safety. A number of legal decisions have supported this position.

 The presentation will provide an overview of recent changes in the standard and how these will impact professional practice now and into the future.


 Aleksandar Hoffman P.Eng is the Regional Manager of Viking Fire and a member of the NFPA 13 committee.

Date:  June 18, 2013
Time:  Registration and Reception 5:30pm
Location:  False Creek Yacht Club (1661 Granville Street)
Cost:  $25 Please bring cash or a cheque payable to BC Society of Fire Protection Engineers to cover the cost of dinner.
Registration Deadline:  June 14, 2013

Free parking is available in the Yacht Club parking lot.


Start date: 
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 - 17:30


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