CFPI 2021 Schedule-at-a-Glance

March 15-19, 2021

Community Risk Reduction | Technical | Management | Forum
Schedule is subject to change
5 Full days of ICC Preferred Provider Content

Day One

Friday,  March 12

5:00pm - 6:00pm
Virtual FPO Presidents and CFPI Committee Welcome to Virtual 2021

A brief introduction to the week and our new virtual format.  Welcome addresses by the FPO Presidents, and the CFPI Committee.  

Day Two
Monday,  March 15

8:00am - 10:00am

Building Support for CRR through the Statewide Collaboration & Engagement Framework  - Chief Stephen Hurstich

Challenges exist for gaining widespread support for the implementation of Community Risk Reduction Principles and Practices across the United States fire service. The Statewide Collaboration & Engagement Framework (SCEF) was developed to address these complex issues, breakdown the stigma of what CRR truly is, and build advocacy across multiple channels to provide a blueprint for success. Underscoring Vision 20/20’s commitment to Educate, Equip & Engage, the SCEF builds the foundation for diversity, inclusiveness, momentum and sustainability through a well-developed matrix that measures critical elements of a statewide infrastructure to support CRR. Embracing crowd sourced expertise from all fire service disciplines brings a new vision for the future and highlights the value added by the fire service to communities they serve across the nation. As emerging leaders, students will gain an understanding of the underlying challenges to statewide CRR efforts, learn of the incentives provided by Vision 20/20 that include technical expertise, group facilitation, training and support from a peer network of State coalitions across the nation.

Learning Objectives: The student will

  • Identify the gaps and challenges to the successful implementation of Community Risk Reduction Principles & Practices on a State and National level
  • Summarize the importance of diversity and inclusion as it relates to momentum and sustainability
  • Outline the steps necessary to get their State engaged in the SCEF and take advantage of Vision 20/20 incentives

8:00am - 12:00pm (Technical Course)
Alternative Materials and Methods Requests for the AHJ -  Justin Beal

This course is designed to introduce the fire prevention officer to the alternative materials or methods request (AMMR) process.  This course will explore some of the reasons an AMMR may be submitted by an applicant, legal and potential liability issues surrounding the AMMR process for the AHJ, as well as some of the basic concepts used to evaluate whether an AMMR is equivalent to prescriptive code requirements.  The AMMR process is a separate and distinct process from the performance-based design approach, which will not be covered in this course.

10:00am - 12:00pm (Community Risk Course)
Standardizing documentation of CRR and Prevention Activities -
Matt Hinds-Aldrich

There is an often-used quote: “no data, no problem; no problem, no money”.  Most fire prevention and CRR professionals have at least tacitly accepted the importance of documenting the programs you deliver and the resources you provide.  But how does that compare to your neighboring jurisdiction?  How do you know if you’re doing a “good job”?  How do you know how much risk you’ve actually reduced?  This session will take a deep dive into the murky world of measuring and evaluating prevention and CRR activities with a special focus on efforts to standardize how CRR activities are documented for comparison and evaluation purposes.

1:00pm - 3:00pm (Forum)
Afternoon Forum - California State Fire Marshal

This session will be an update on current topics, led by CA OSFM for the first hour.  The second hour will be a Q&A session

Day Three

Tuesday, March 16

8:00am - 10:00am (Management Course)
Professional Development for the Fire Prevention Officer: Is There Value in Degrees, Certifications or Credentials? - Randy Metz

This course will explore professional development opportunities for fire prevention professionals.  Focus will be on college degrees that bring the most value to your future advancement, various different certification processes nationally and internationally, and how one goes about becoming a credentialed Fire Marshal.  All three are very different processes that bring different short term and long term value to you as a candidate for advancement in today’s fire service.

10:00am - 12:00pm The Lead, The Herd and The Drag...timeless principles of leadership. - Jeff Johnson

Leading people is an art that all successful people have mastered.  Ironically, there is much we can learn from those who drove cattle across America’s great west in the late 1800’s when woven together with modern realities.  Join Chief Jeff Johnson for a provocative and insightful session designed for leaders of the fire service.  

8:00am - 12:00pm (Technical Course)
Tall Mass Timber and the IBC (0.4 CEUs) - John "Buddy" Showalter

Tall mass timber provisions of the 2021 IBC®.  Topics of heights and areas, construction fire safety, fire and connection design and special inspection, within tall mass timber construction will be discussed.

1:00pm - 3:00pm (Forum)
Afternoon Forum - California Automatic Fire Alarm Association

This session will be an update on current topics, led by CAFAA for the first hour.  The second hour will be a Q&A session

5:00pm - 6:00pm
Networking Hour

Network, connect, and meet FPO's from around the state to discuss current topics, code issues, and more!

Day Four

Wednesday, March 17

8:00am - 12:00pm (Management Course)
Employee devlopment and the never ending in-basket - 4 HRS Mike O'Brian

When I took my first promotion, I had grand visions of how I would invest my energy and pour my heart into our employees.  In fact shortly after being promoted I learned our email system’s cost was based on the number of emails that our users sent. It wasn’t the primary driver for much of our communication.

Fast forward to a workforce that is spread out, thumbs and voice to text, our days have become overrun with interruptions, emails that we haven’t responded to for over a week, a to do list that is found in multiple locations, and simply limited time to invest in our employees.

This four-hour course takes a look at how we can develop our employees when there seems less time to develop them.  It is intended to give tools and tricks to stay organized, optimize your time and energy, while exploring simple measures to stay focused and get work done so we can spend our energy where it matters most (our people). 

8:00am - 10:00am (Technical Course)
Partnering with Residents in Wildfire Preparedness - Megan Fitzgerald-McGowan

Research shows there are proven methods for preparing individual properties and communities for withstanding the devastating impacts of a wildfire. This session will provide an overview of the home ignition zone, the critical importance of the 0-5 foot space, and how proactive measures by residents can make a difference in withstanding a wildfire.  Learn more about Firewise USA®, Community Wildfire Preparedness Day, and other tools and resources from NFPA that can assist with your wildfire preparedness outreach efforts.

10:00am - 12:00pm (Technical Course)
FNFPA 241 Fire Safety for Buildings Under Construction - Ray Bizal

Referenced by the CFC, NFPA 241 provides regulations to mitigate fire risk for buildings under construction, demolition or renovation.  You will be surprised to see how easy this is to enforce and learn how to maximize safety on construction sites efficiently. This will also look at new ways to increase safety during hot work operations.

1:00pm - 2:00pm (Forum)
Afternoon Forum - California Sprinkler Coalition

Please join the California Sprinkler Coalition for their monthly meeting.

Day Five

Thursday, March 18

8:00am - 10:00am (Technical Course)
Cyber Security of Fire Protection Systems - Victoria Hutchison

Fire protection systems are increasingly networked to Building Control Systems (BCS), Internet of Things (IoT), and other platforms that are, by design or oversight, exposed to the public-facing Internet. This emerging environment could lead to unique and novel cyber vulnerabilities, and attacks on fire protection systems have the potential to have significant consequences. However, a thorough understanding of cybersecurity issues related to fire protection systems has historically been lacking. This session will review research findings on the expansiveness of cyber vulnerabilities for fire protection systems, the severity of the consequences, tactics to mitigate these threats, the role codes and standards play and how we move forward as a community to reduce these risks

8:00am - 12:00pm (Technical Course)
ESS - The California adoption of the 2021 IFC/IRC Language - Bob Davidson and Kara Gerzynski

This presentation will provide an overview of the 2021 language applying to energy storage system (ESS) technologies, their operation, and hazards. We will discuss new language additions and modifications as compared to the 2018 IFC language , as well as UL 9540A large scale testing and what the code official should expect to be submitted. A case study of a UL 9540A large scale burn test will be included.

10:00am - 12:00pm (Community Risk Course)
Virtual Classrooms - Taking Your Presentations Virtually Anywhere - Brene Dugins

Looking for innovative ideas to take your virtual presentations to the next level? Join Ms. D as she covers tools, ideas, and examples to spice up those virtual presentations both live and recorded.

1:00pm - 3:00pm (Forum)
Afternoon Forum - Sprinkler Fitters 483

This session will be an update on current topics, led by Sprinkler Fitters 483 for the first hour.  The second hour will be a Q&A session

Day Six

Friday, March 19

9:00am - 10:00am
Incoming Fire Prevention Officers Board Installation & Joint Board meeting.

Join us for the annual installation of North and South FPO Boards and a joint meeting of the North and South FPO boards

CFPI Installation Agenda

11:00am - 1:00pm (Forum)
Afternoon Forum - National Fire Academy (NFA)

This session will be an update on current topics, led by National Fire Academy (NFA) for the first hour.  The second hour will be a Q&A session

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