17 Jul FIRE PROTECTION INDUSTRY VETERANS MARK HOPKINS, PE, FSFPE and BOB CAPUTO, CFPS TO LEAD SoCal SFPE CHAPTER SEMINAR FOCUSED ON SPRINKLER SYSTEM INSTALLATION ON JULY 25th
TERPconsulting’s Mark Hopkins, PE, FSFPE and American Fire Sprinkler Association (AFSA) president Bob Caputo, CFPS will co-present a seminar titled “Sprinkler System Installation and Residential Sprinkler System Installation” that has been specifically developed for the SoCal Chapter of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE). The seminar will be presented on Tuesday, July 25 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Burbank Fire Department Training Center.
The full-day course will focus on the reorganization and significant technical changes to NFPA 13 since the 2016 edition which was previously adopted by the 2016 California Building Code (CBC)/California Fire Code (CFC). California skipped the adoption of the 2019 editions of NFPA 13, NFPA 13R, and NFPA 13D, putting the state’s fire protection industry in a uniquely challenging position to understand and adopt the changes implemented during two consecutive code cycles of the standards during one building code cycle.
“To understand the 2022 edition, we will review the significant reorganization of the 2019 edition and then the comparatively minor reorganization of the 2022 edition,” explained Mark, who is a Regional Director and Senior Fire Protection Engineer at TERPconsulting, of the course which will also cover the reorganization and significant technical changes to the California Amendments.
Designers, consultants, AHJs, contractors, insurance representatives, and all stakeholders requiring knowledge of the installation requirements for commercial and residential fire sprinkler systems will find this course beneficial. To register for the seminar, visit www.sfpeSoCal.org.
Bob Caputo, CFPS is president of the American Fire Sprinkler Association (AFSA), a non-profit international association representing merit shop fire sprinkler contractors dedicated to training, education, and promoting the benefits of fire sprinklers. With over 40 years of experience in the fire protection contracting and consulting field, Bob is active in code development and outreach. He is a member of multiple NFPA technical committees including NFPA 13 and NFPA 25, chairs the NFPA 16, 24, and 291 committees, and is a member of the Advisory Board at Oklahoma State University School of Fire Protection & Safety Engineering. A passionate proponent of fire sprinklers and fire protection, Bob is a contributor to the NFPA 13 and NFPA 25 Handbooks as well as the NFPA Fire & Life Safety Inspection Manual.
Mark Hopkins, PE, FSFPE, is a registered Fire Protection Engineer with over 30 years of experience and has B.S. (’92) and M.S. (’96) degrees in fire protection engineering from the University of Maryland. Previously, Mark was Vice President of Engineering for the National Fire Sprinkler Association and Senior Engineer with Hughes Associates, Inc. Mark is an SFPE Fellow and President of the SFPE Chesapeake Chapter. He is a member of the SFPE Committees on Public Outreach and Advocacy, Existing Buildings, Performance-Based Design Standards Development, and Co-Chair of the Annual Conference Programming Committee. He has been a member of numerous NFPA technical committees and is currently a member of the NFPA 13, 72, 200, 909, and 914 technical committees. Mark co-authored the NIST publication titled, The Performance of the Fire Suppression Systems in the World Trade Center Disaster, NCSTAR 1-4B. Mark was also a contributing author for the NFSA’s Expert of the Day Handbook, author of a chapter on Corrosion in Sprinkler Systems for the 21st edition of the NFPA Fire Protection Handbook, and a contributing author for Chapters 28 and 29 of the 2019 edition of the NFPA 13 Handbook.
The mission of SoCal SFPE Chapter is to reinforce the objective of the Society of Professional Fire Protection Engineers. The Chapter will define, develop, and advance the use of engineering best practices; expand the scientific/technical knowledge base; educate the global fire safety community in order to reduce fire risk. sfpeSoCal.org