Significant Changes in the 2017 Ohio Building Code
11:30 AM11:30

Significant Changes in the 2017 Ohio Building Code

Please join us for a very special meeting of the Cincinnati Tri-State SFPE Chapter.  Our past president, Sarah Rice, will be talking about some of the significant changes in the newly revised 2017 Ohio Building Code. This is a significant code revision and will affect all structures currently under design (enforced November 1st, 2017).

The presentation is approved by the state and AIA for 1 hour of CEU's.

The meeting will be from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm, with lunch served beforehand.  It will be at the Sharonville Fire Department.

Please RSVP using the website.  Soon this will be the only way to RSVP for the meeting.

When completing your RSVP's for the meeting, please note in the comment section whether you hold a National SFPE membership. Our chapter receives credit as part of the chapter evaluation process, and we want to be accurate in our accounting of all memberships.

Hope to see you there!

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Fundamentals of Corrosion in Sprinkler Systems
11:00 AM11:00

Fundamentals of Corrosion in Sprinkler Systems

The next meeting for the Tri-State Chapter of the SFPE will be on November 8th, 2017.  The speaker will be Jeffrey Kochelek of Engineered Corrosion Solutions. 

Jeffrey will be speaking about the fundamentals of corrosion in water-based fire suppression systems, and will touch upon such topics as:

  • Controlling oxygen corrosion to prevent fire sprinkler pipe leaks.
  • Localized nature of corrosion in fire sprinkler systems.
  • From MIC to chemicals to coatings to nitrogen inerting.
  • Performance record for nitrogen inerting in controlling corrosion.

He will also be discussing nitrogen generators, including concepts, essential components, and some case histories.

Jeffrey Kochelek has spent more than 30 years designing corrosion control strategies in a variety of industrial applications including oil and gas operations, municipal and industrial wastewater, and most recently in the fire protection industry. Mr. Kochelek joined Fire Protection Systems Corrosion Management Inc. (fpsCMI) in 2008 to begin advancing the understanding of the unique corrosion that occurs in water based fire sprinkler systems. The ECS team was the first to identify the acute vulnerability to oxygen corrosion of galvanized steel piping in dry and preaction fire sprinkler systems. He spearheaded
the development of the use of nitrogen inerting technology for corrosion control in sprinkler systems. 

Mr. Kochelek has published numerous articles on the subject of corrosion in water based fire sprinkler systems and is named inventor on 12 US and international patents regarding corrosion management in the fire protection industry. Kochelek earned a BS in Chemistry from St. Louis University with additional coursework in Mechanical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis.

Please RSVP using the website.  See you there!

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11:30 AM11:30

Electronic Sprinklers

Electronic Sprinkler Overview

For more than 125 years, fire sprinkler systems have relied on thermal elements of the sprinkler head as the sole activation mechanism for this type of fire protection. Fire sprinklers have advanced in many performance characteristics, including spray pattern, quantity of water discharged, thermal sensitivity, and areas of coverage, yet the activation characteristic remains dependent on thermal heat at the ceiling. Today’s codes, standards, and design requirements have incorporated this performance limitation of current fire sprinklers.

What if a fire sprinkler could think? If the current fire sprinkler was modified to improve performance, how may that improve fire performance? Could modern technology be incorporated into fire sprinklers?

This topic will be presented at our next SFPE meeting, and includes the background to the development of the first UL listed first electronic sprinkler.

Speaker Bio:

Allen Bunner is the Regional Business Development Manager for Johnson Controls Incorporated (JCI), where he provides support to end-users, engineering companies, and local approval agencies. Allen’s extensive contracting experience includes water, chemical, and special hazard fire protection projects in more than 35 countries, and is currently involved with JCI’s R&D focus toward new fire protection technologies. Allen is a member of the National Fire Protection Association and the Society of Fire Protection Engineers.

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Two Seminars for One Price: Li-Ion Battery Systems and the 2018 IFC; Modern Fire Environment and the Impact on Occupant Safety
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Two Seminars for One Price: Li-Ion Battery Systems and the 2018 IFC; Modern Fire Environment and the Impact on Occupant Safety

The next meeting of the Tri-State SFPE 2016-2017 calendar year will be on April 19th at 11:30 am.  

This will be a special meeting event - Sean DeCrane from Underwriter's Laboratories will be joining us to present on two separate topics:

  1. Lithium Ion Battery Systems and the Changes to IFC 2018
  2. Modern Fire Environment and the Impact on Occupant and Fire Fighter Safety

The meeting will be a "two-for-one" attendance cost - the regular attendance fee will cover both meetings.  Come for one or both.  Lunch will be ready before the first presentation, and snacks will be served in the break between the two meetings.

11:30 AM Meeting: Lithium Ion Battery Systems and the Changes to IFC 2018

Stationary battery storage systems utilizing lithium-ion and other battery technologies batteries are being installed in ever increasing numbers to address campus and local community energy needs. This includes systems used for grid balancing, reducing costly peak electricity usage, and mitigating renewable energy intermittent availability.   This session will provide an overview of the new battery technologies and potential hazards associated with them, current fire code requirements, and changes to fire codes that will better address the hazards associated with the new battery technologies.

1:15 PM Meeting: Modern Fire Environment and the Impact on Occupant and Fire Fighter Safety

Today’s modern fire environment is a changing dynamic. We have seen a saturation of the market place of fuel loads with increased heat release rates. This changing environment exposes occupants, fire fighters and the building’s structural elements to greater extremes in the event of a fire. These changes have implications for occupants, responding fire fighters and how we construct and protect today’s built environment. In this proposed class we will look at the modern fire dynamics, growth rates, and its impact on occupant, fire fighter and structural safety.  This presentation will review recent examples of code changes initiated or supported by the Fire Service and will discuss the importance of these changes to suppression operations. Recent developments in the codes by industry will potentially permit taller wood structures and outline limitations for energy storage systems. These issues could potentially impact building occupants and the responding fire fighters. These new developments will also impact fire inspectors and highlight the importance of robust plans review and regular inspections.

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Temporary Door Locking Devices
11:00 AM11:00

Temporary Door Locking Devices

The fourth meeting of the Tri-State SFPE will be regarding the School Barricade Device legislation.

With the adoption of Ohio House Bill 64 by the Ohio General Assembly and the BBS issuance of Amendments Group 91 to the Ohio Building Code (OBC), regulations have been added to the OBC regarding the use of a device by a staff member that prevents both ingress and egress through school doors in an emergency situation and during active shooter drills. 

This presentation is intended to make the attendees

  • a) aware of the amendments to the OBC that allow “temporary door locking devices,” and
  • b) to provide some information and insight on the correct implementation of the amendments of the regulations for “temporary door locking devices.”


The presentation will be by Sarah A. Rice, CBO.  Sarah has been actively involved in the regulatory arena for more than 25 years, addressing a broad spectrum of project issues ranging from life safety and fire protection to hazardous materials assessment. Sarah's engineering experience includes work as a technical staff member for BOCA and as a project manager for one of the nation’s leading fire protection engineering firms. Sarah’s understanding of the risks and hazards associated with various aspects of a project allows her to formulate credible solutions for the firm’s clients. A certified building official, Sarah is active in the code development process at the local, state and national levels sitting on numerous technical and development committees for both the International Code Council (ICC) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). She also has developed and presented seminars on a wide variety of building and fire code topics, where her extensive codes and standards development background has proven to be invaluable.


Please RSVP using the form on the website.


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Fire Protection for Critical Assets
11:30 AM11:30

Fire Protection for Critical Assets

The third meeting of the 2016/2017 Tri State SFPE calendar year will be on January 11th at Sharonville FD.

The presentation will be by Jake Bross from Johnson Controls/SimplexGrinnell, and he will talk about the various aspects of fire protection for critical assets.  The presentation will include:

  • Introduction to special agents
    • Suppression agent types, detection and control.
  • Functions and options
    • Programming, delays, switches/controls.
  • What is required?  What codes apply?
    • NFPA 2001, 72, etc.  Joint Commission involved?
  • Drawing review and approval process.
    • NFPA standards, what to look for/what questions to ask.
  • Acceptance testing standards and processes.
    • Room integrity tests/peak pressurization, piping pressurization.
    • Functions/Labeling, End User Training.

Jake Bross is a Regional Suppression Manager for SimplexGrinnell.  He has 23 years of experience in the Fire Protection industry.  He holds a NICET level 4 certification and is a Certified Fire Protection Specialist (CFPS).

Please RSVP to the meeting using the attendance link above!


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11:30 AM11:30

Operations and Hazards Associated with Plastic Injection Molding

  • Sharonville Fire Department Headquarters (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The second meeting of the 2016-2017 Calendar Year will be November 2nd.  RSVP by clicking on the "Attendance" link on the website.

This presentation has been approved for Ohio Board of Building Standards continuing education credits. This course has been approved for Building Officials, Master Plans Examiners, Building Inspectors and Fire Protection Inspectors.


The presentation will address the operations and hazards associated with plastic injection molding.  Plastic part fabrication via injection molding is an F-1 occupancy per the OBC and an Extra Hazard Group 1 occupancy per NFPA 13.  There are several hazards associated with injection molding, and preventing and controlling fires in these occupancies can be challenging.  This presentation will review the operation and hazards associated with plastic injection molding, discuss minimum protection and suppression requirements, and share information from a recent fire loss in an injection molding plant.  Video of the fire will be shown along with a discussion of lessons learned.  


Jim Yeater, CFPS

Loss Control Sr. Technical Specialist - Property

Jim is a Senior Property Technical Specialist at Cincinnati Insurance Co.  A Certified Fire Protection Specialist (CFPS), Jim provides property and life safety technical support to our underwriting teams, agents and clients. The primary focus of his position is evaluating fire protection systems and special hazards and coaching our loss control professionals in these areas. He is an accomplished loss control specialist, served as a volunteer firefighter for more than 25 years, and currently serves on the NFPA 664 committee.  Jim has also served on the board of the local water authority and is active with local non-profit groups in the Vanlue, OH, area.

Stephen Dale, PE

Loss Control Technical Specialist Manager

A technical specialist manager at Cincinnati Insurance, Stephen is responsible for technical property loss control issues and for supervising property and liability specialists in the Loss Control department. Stephen was a volunteer firefighter for nearly 10 years, holds a bachelor’s degree in fire protection and safety, is a licensed engineer in fire protection, and currently serves on four NFPA committees, including two for NFPA 101, NFPA 664 and NFPA 32.


Meeting Location: Sharonville Fire Department HQ.

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11:00 AM11:00

First Meeting of the 2016-2017 Calendar Year

The first meeting of the 2016-2017 Calendar Year will be September 28th. 

The presentation will be on Protectowire Linear Heat Detection.

Presentation Summary

Linear Heat Detection has been around for over 70 years but is still relatively unknown to many in the Fire Protection Industry. During this presentation, we will delve into the construction and operating principles of Digital Linear Heat, and feature a few of the applications where it’s most commonly used. We will also introduce a new technology, Digital Thermocouple which confirms thermal activation of the detector before an alarm is initiated.

Speaker Profile: Mike Hall

Mike Hall has been a System Engineer at Protectowire FireSystems for over 18 years and is a veteran in the industry. As a graduate of Wentworth University with a degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Mike provides both technical support to engineers and end-users as well as training to distributors. With an immense knowledge of Digital Linear Heat and conventional control panels, he is often called on for troubleshooting issues in the field. In his spare time, Mike enjoys being outdoors and is also an avid golfer. 


The event will take place at the Sharonville Fire Department Headquarters.  See adjacent map for address.  The meeting will occur between 11 am and 1 pm.

Those who wish to attend can register by using the Registration form on the website.

We will be accepting online meeting and membership payments soon!  Stay tuned!

We will also be taking Cash, Check or Credit payments at the meeting, as usual.

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