Jack joins the TMG Fireside Chat

Jack sat down with long-time ServiceTrade friend and consultant to the fire and life safety industry John Mackey of The Mackey Group. It’s a great 30-minute conversation where they cover:

* Jack’s Navy career and his 30+ years in fire protection
* the evolution of technology in fire protection
* code cycles and adaptation to new technologies and innovation
* collection of data and how it can be used

Watch it here.

Jack’s Code Corner: What’s it Like Being on Multiple NFPA Standards Committees?

For this month’s Code Corner, Jack answered some questions about his experience as an NFPA Standards committee member.  Q: Jack, can you tell us about your connection with the NFPA and what it means to you? Jack Coffelt: My journey…
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Jack’s Code Corner: NFPA Standard Updates-How it Works

  NFPA Standard Updates - How it Works Ever wonder how NFPA creates and maintains the Standards Process? Here’s a quick synopsis of how it works, with notes on how you can engage in the process! We’ll start with an…

Jack’s Code Corner: Guest Post from Top Myers About the Value of Information in Fire Insurance Claims

Guest post by Top Myers, of Risk Suppression Partners ServiceTrade can help reduce a contractor's Liability Exposure. But before I talk about how let me give you some background information that will show you why. Over 30 years I have…

Jack’s Code Corner: NFPA 25 – 2017 Change in Evaluation of Fire Pump Test Results

In the 2017 edition of NFPA 25, Chapter 8 (Fire Pumps), there was a significant change from the previous editions of the evaluation of Fire Pump Test Results. In the 2014 and previous editions, the Pump Evaluation (pass/fail) was determined…

Jack’s Code Corner: NFPA 2001- Highlighted 2022 Edition Updates

As with several other NFPA documents, the Technical Committee for the Standard on Clean Agent Fire Extinguishing Systems (NFPA 2001) completed a structural revision and added several new chapters during the 2022 revision cycle.  System…

NFPA 915 the Standard for Remote Inspections and Tests

Have you ever wondered: "Could I perform a Fire Life Safety Inspection with a drone or video camera?" The NFPA Standards Council has discussed this very concept and has recently accepted the NFPA 915 Technical Committee's recommendation to publish…
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A Detailed Introduction to National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Guidelines

Founded in 1896, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has a rich history of promoting public safety through published NFPA guidelines that include codes & standards developed to minimize the possibility of fire and other risks.…

NFPA 13 2019 8.3.1.2.1 Actuator Supervision

Have you ever walked into a Pre-Action Sprinkler System or Deluge Valve Sprinkler room and observed the "actuator" hanging loosely by, not connected to its proper valve actuator? This is a serious impairment of the system, as it will NOT operate…

NFPA 72 2023 edition

NFPA 72 requires differential pressure testing of duct detector sampling tubes. While not often enforced nor fully understood, your team should be equipped to know how to do it when called upon. Where to find it: NFPA 72 2023 edition, table…

Amendments and Errata to NFPA Standards

Users of NFPA codes, standards, recommended practices, and guides (“NFPA Standards”) should be aware that these documents may be superseded at any time by the issuance of a new edition, may be amended with the issuance of Tentative Interim…

More Clarity in the Latest NFPA Portable Extinguisher Standard

The NFPA 10 Standard for Portable Fire Extinguishers was reorganized in the most recent (2022) edition. Changes include: More clarity around visibility for extinguishers Updates to labeling An update to maintenance requirements that…

Updates in 2023’s Comprehensive Accreditation Manual for Hospitals

Annually, the Joint Commission releases new requirement updates with its Comprehensive Accreditation Manual for Hospitals. 2023’s updates for Elements of Performance in the Fire Safety Equipment and Safety Building Features (EC 02.03.05) include: …

NFPA 25 2023 Edition Has Hit the Streets

The latest edition of NFPA 25 has been released by the NFPA and has multiple new and improved and revised items to review. Of particular note, please see the changes to Table A.3.3.8, where the committee approved allowing multiple options for…