Duluth, GA (PRWEB) January 17, 2013
Jeff Harrington, President and Founder of Harrington Group, Inc., an Atlanta based fire protection engineering firm, will present, “Continued Evolution of Clean Agent Systems” at SFPE-Greater Atlanta Chapter’s 9th Annual Fire Safety Conference. The conference will be held March 11th through the 13th, 2013 at the Gwinnett Center located in Duluth, GA. The conference is one of the most prevalent and well-attended fire safety conferences in the nation that provides professional development and NICET hours for those attending. Registration is now open on the SFPE Greater Atlanta website.
Mr. Harrington’s seminar will review the evolution of clean agent fire suppression system design requirements. Before the 1990’s, the two most predominant gaseous agents used in fire suppression systems were Halon 1301 and carbon dioxide (CO2). Each agent had its own NFPA design and installation standard. However, in response to environmental protection regulations, production and import of Halon 1301 in the US was halted as of January 1, 1994. New halon replacement agents emerged, known as clean agents. As a result, a new, more complex NFPA standard was developed to accommodate the growing number of new clean agents. Three changes published in the 2012 edition of NFPA 2001 will be reviewed during the seminar: Actuator solenoid supervision-in-place requirement with future effective date; Class A surface fire hazard design concentration safety factor modification; and Class C fire hazard design concentration safety factor increase. Building and fire officials, contractors, and engineers who may be involved in the design, installation, or approval of clean agent systems should gain important information and insight from this session.
Mr. Harrington is the President and Founder of Harrington Group, Inc., and has been working in the fire protection engineering industry since 1977. He is a frequent author and lecturer on an array of fire protection engineering topics and is a nationally recognized expert, having received numerous awards for his contributions to the fire protection engineering industry. He serves as the Chairman of the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) Technical Committee on Gaseous Fire Extinguishing Systems, which is responsible for three separate NFPA standards: NFPA 12, Carbon Dioxide Extinguishing Systems; NFPA 12A, Halon 1301 Fire Extinguishing Systems, and NFPA 2001, Clean Agent Fire Extinguishing Systems. He is also a leader in the activities of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE), both locally and internationally.