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Since the 80’s, Andrew has been active in the fire alarm and low voltage industry. During his early years in the industry, he was an active member of a fire department where he discovered for himself the importance and value to what he was doing in the fire alarm industry.

Working for various manufacturers and distributors over the years, Andrew has held every position successfully from an installer to systems design; as well as obtaining his NICET IV certification during his tenure in the Fire Alarm industry.  Within such, Andrew’s day to day is still involved in design/engineering and he passionately continues to be a strong advocate in the industry as an active NICET Ambassador, NICET SME, former ASCET Raleigh North Carolina Chapter President, former ASCET Southeast Regional VP, and current ASCET National President Elect.

Ethics in the Profession

Participants will become involved in discussing the importance of strong work ethics, be enlightened to the requirements as defined by NICET and ASCET as it pertains to their Code of Ethics, and what impact these should have on our day to day operations and lives.

Andrew Wildstein, SET

Andrew is a NICET Ambassador and Vice President of NYC ASCET Chapter as well as an OSHA authorized construction trainer. Mr. Wildstein has 21 years of relevant experience and is an adjunct professor at Mercer County College. His experience includes a number of recent New Jersey highway projects, and work with NYCDOT, NYCDEP and NYCDDC New York City Dept. of Design and Construction. Due to his professionalism and dedication to excellence, the firm has established a reputation for providing its clients with the highest quality of engineering, architectural and construction management services, completing all assignments on schedule, within budget and without compromising quality or function.



Out of 4,101* worker fatalities in private industry in calendar year 2013, 828 or 20.2% were in construction―that is, one in five worker deaths last year were in construction. The leading causes of worker deaths on construction sites were falls, followed by struck by object, electrocution, and caught-in/between. These "Fatal Four" were responsible for more than half (57.7%) the construction worker deaths in 2013*, BLS reports. Eliminating the Fatal Four would save 478 workers' lives in America every year.

Bob Sauber

Mr. Sauber is currently the President of RWS Consulting, LLC, located in Allentown, NJ. His experience dates back to 1977 and he has been a Supervising Engineer, a Vice President of Operations, as well as other positions. He has attended the Mercer County Community College, The New Jersey Institute of Technology, and the College of New Jersey. He is also a Board  Member of the NJSAT and a HMA certified instructor.

Paving Techniques

Basic knowledge of Hot Mix Asphalt paving, providing useful information, as agencies try to improve quality by increasing acceptance criteria and contractors are struggling to avoid penalties. Also a conversation about workforce turnover related to asphalt paving as is not limited to the general construction industry.

Brandon R. Telford, CFPS

Brandon Telford is part of Reliable’s Technical Services Team with over 20 years of fire protection industry experience. Brandon started his career working in fire sprinkler contracting for 9 years in the Mid-Atlantic region and followed that by spending 3 years working on Department of State and Department of Defense projects internationally in Albania and Qatar. Prior to his career at Reliable, he worked for 6 years as a sales territory manager for a fire protection products manufacturer. Brandon has two Associates in Applied Science degrees in Fire Protection Engineering Technology and Safety Management from Delaware Tech. He is a NFPA Certified Fire Protection Specialist (CFPS) and has achieved NICET certification as a level III automatic sprinkler layout technician.

Presentation: The Future of In-Rack Sprinklers

Building heights continue to push higher while commodities become more hazardous to protect. Roof level sprinklers have stagnated in their ability to push buildings and storage heights higher than where we are today. This program will look at some of these challenges and illustrate changes to NFPA 13 (2016 Edition) and the upcoming NFPA 13 (2019 Edition) in-rack sprinkler criteria that will allow buildings to be higher and store commodities of a higher hazard than roof level sprinklers allow currently.

Bryan Berkley

Bryan Berkley is a National Technical Representative for Viking Sprinkler Corporation. He began his career in 1996 as an inspector for water based fire protection systems, worked as a sprinkler fitter, and then moved into systems design. For the past 5 years he has worked with fire protection contractors, engineers, and others representing Viking, Fireflex, and Minimax products. He has also worked with AHJ’s on new standards and training for fire protection contractors. Bryan frequently provides training sessions on fire sprinklers and clean agents for different groups to include ASCET, SFPE, and ASPE.

Residential Sprinklers in Multi-Use Buildings

The use of Residential Sprinklers - the difference between residential vs commercial sprinkler heads (testing, spacing,demand requirements)

  • how to design residential heads with NFPA 13D, 13R and 13
  • option on all sprinklers available in industry

Chip Hollis

At NICET, Mr. Hollis is responsible for internal and external communications, and communication systems. He promotes the value of NICET certification to technicians, employers, contract specifiers, AHJs and other stakeholders. He strives to create a customer friendly environment and improve processes while preserving the rigor and integrity of NICET certifications.

Prior to joining NICET in 2006, Mr. Hollis spent most of his career in marketing and communication in the association sector. Additionally, he spent three years performing financial analysis in the telecom industry.

Mr. Hollis holds a B.S. degree in Business Administration: Marketing from California State University, Long Beach.

NICET and Marketing

An overview of marketing plans, key terms, resources and how NICET Certification can be incorporated into your strategy.

Clint Williamson

Clint is a Regional Account Manager for South-Tek Systems. He is responsible for managing emerging markets in both the US and Canada for the Fire Protection Division. He conducts on-site and online training in Nitrogen technology for Architects, Engineers, Contractors and End-Users across North America. He also consults with engineers on the design and specifications of fire protection systems for projects in every industry: Data Centers, Hospitality, Educational, Mixed-Use, Military, etc.

The Impact of Nitrogen in Fire Protection

Companies started using high pressure Nitrogen cylinders to purge sprinkler pipe as a means of inhibiting corrosion almost 30 years ago. Around 2005 Nitrogen generators started being utilized. As with any new technology finding a place in a new industry, there was a steep learning curve. When dealing with life-saving systems, the margin for error was slim. Some initial issues in how the technology performed, coupled with the lack of evidence as to its true effectiveness was enough for some engineers, and contractors alike, to write off the technology all together.

Those companies that saw the potential impact and were willing to put in the hours of research, development and testing partnered with those engineers and contractors willing to do the same. As we reach the end of 2017, the true impact of Nitrogen in fire protection can no longer be denied. The research has been done. The testing has yielded results. The proof is undeniable. Nitrogen’s place in fire protection has moved beyond the realm of radical idea and closer to becoming the standard.

I would like to share with you where Nitrogen started in the industry, where it is now, and most importantly where it is going.

David Winder

 Has been in the fire protection industry for over 40 years. Began with SSI in March of 1987 as an installer of Halon systems. Has had multiple positions at SSI including the first Service Manager, Project Manager, Project Administrator, System Sales Representative, Suppression System Sales Manager, Vortex Business Development Manager and now serves as Business Development Manager. Dave has received factory certification on multiple Fike product lines, Vesda Air Sampling Systems, Kidde Control and Detection Systems, SAFE Linear Heat Detection Systems, and Protectowire Linear Heat Detection Systems. Dave also served with the West Point Volunteer Fire Company/Upper Gwynedd Township Fire Department for 35 years. His positions included firefighter, engineer, Chief Engineer, Assistant Fire Chief and President. He is a member of NFPA, SFPE, ASPE, AFCOM, IFMA and 7x24.

Video Image Flame & Smoke Detection ~ An Emerging Fire Alarm Technology

This presentation will discuss the implementation of a video image smoke and fire detection system in commercial and industrial applications. We begin with an overview of the technology, specifically discussing what video analytics are aboard the IP camera, how they were created, the implantation of the analytics onto the IP camera, and limitations of the analytics. The talk will continue with what testing and certification has been done with this technology: as a smoke and fire detector the camera is required to be approved by UL or Factory mutual (FM) and written into fire codes by NFPA.

This overview of the technology will lead into the implementation of the technology at differing application sites. These case studies will discuss the variations in implementation including network types (fiber vs CAT5 and POE), integration into fire alarm panels, remote monitoring and video storage.

Earl Carter

Earl. M. Carter is BIM/CAD Manager and Technical Lead of Arora Engineers, Inc., a 140-person multi-disciplinary engineering firm specializing in design, program and construction management, information technology, and facilities management. Arora’s mission is to improve the quality of life by Rethinking Infrastructure┬«. Arora focuses on clients in aviation and transportation, to address their operational needs for safety, comfort, and a seamless user experience.

Mr. Carter is a Revit MEP Certified Professional with 23 years of experience in the engineering industry, including the development of innovative CAD standards and procedures. He has extensive knowledge of FAA policies, procedures and advisory circulars. He also trained the entire City of Philadelphia, Division of Aviation’s CAD technical staff and developed the proficiency exam that was used in the hiring of their CAD manager. Mr. Carter also administered the exam for staff at Philadelphia International Airport.


The presentation would include a general overview of what BIM and Revit is, the benefits of Revit vs. CAD followed by a demonstration and explanation of how to do the following:

Fire Protection

  • Linking architecture to the MEP model
  • Creating views
  • Configuring routing preferences and systems
  • Adding sprinklers, risers, and pipes
  • Tagging pipes
  • Adding schedules

Fire Alarm

  • Adding wall and ceiling devices and control panels
  • Placing a cable tray and conduit
  • Adding circuitry
  • Working with drawing sections

Garth Dehoff

Garth Dehoff is a Regional Sales Manager for NOTIFER by Honeywell specializing in complex fire alarm solutions. He serves as a sales representative responsible for advanced network and detection solutions, covering the multi-tier and multi-location market space.

With 19 + years of fire and security industry background, Garth has held several positions with Honeywell in both technical and sales aspects. He served as regional technical manager and sales manager supporting integrated fire and security projects for multiple vertical markets. As a system sales specialist, Garth spent time providing custom solutions for integrators’ business needs. In his current position, he consults on integrated fire alarm solutions in the Mid-Atlantic region, specializing in end user and consultant relationships. Garth has been with Honeywell since 2003.

Carbon Monoxide Detection

A review of the issues surrounding carbon monoxide to include its characteristics, exposures, and dangers. The types of detection available and detection requirements. Local requirements reviewed to include Philadelphia and New Jersey and others.

Jason Dees

Jason Dees, a fire protection professional from the Greater Atlanta Area, prides himself on being personable business professional with a solid background in the fire protection industry for the past 12 years. He has a proven and successful track record working in a variety of positions from, Fire Life Safety Systems Inspector/Technician, Service Dispatch Manager, Fire Sprinkler Division Manager, Sales/Account Executive and Sales/New Business Development. Jason is currently the National Sales Manager for the fire protection line for Uplink. Throughout his career he has learned and developed many skill sets such as hands on service, installation, new construction, project management, and the proven ability to train, motivate and lead successful team members.

Cellular Fire Alarm Communications

The use of cellular communications for providing 24/7 monitoring of fire alarm systems. The progression of land line requirements to cellular is covered. Changes in NFPA 72 are addressed along with cellular technology and the types of products and communications available.

Karl Wiegand

Karl Wiegand, P.E. – Karl works in the engineering department at Globe Fire Sprinkler Corporation where his primary duties consist of working to improve globe sprinkler technology, providing training, and representing Globe’s interests within the fire protection industry. Karl holds a Professional Engineering license in the field of Fire Protection Engineering and is a graduate of Worcester Polytechnic Institute with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Science degree in Fire Protection Engineering. Over the last seven years Karl has taught a variety of classes relating to water based fire protection systems and has held positions on NFPA 15, NFPA 24, and NFPA 750. Karl continues to represent the sprinkler industry on NFPA 820, the National Fire Sprinkler Association’s Engineering and Standards Committee, and the American Water Works Association Cross Connection Control Committee and Fire Protection Committee.

The Science Behind Thermal Expansion

Since the 1985 Edition of NFPA 13 a means of pressure relief has been required in gridded sprinkler systems. In 2010 this requirement was changed to require a listed pressure relief valve in all wet pipe systems: not only gridded systems. These requirements have been put in place to help prevent system over-pressurization. Thermal expansion is one of the main causes of system over-pressurization. This presentation will address how the properties of thermal expansion impact system pressures as well as the relationships of the different variables in the thermal expansion equation. It will explain how piping material, liquid, and available air cushion affect thermal expansion. It will show where pressure relief valves are required to help mitigate the effects of thermal expansion and where they may be needed even when they are not required by the installation standards.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the properties of thermal expansion
  • Recognize the difference in thermal expansion between different piping materials and liquids
  • Apply air vent requirements for NFPA 13 and identify how they affect thermal expansion
  • Apply pressure relief valve requirements for NFPA 13 and recognize other condition where they may be needed

Ken Kerr

Ken Kerr is a Professional Engineer in thirteen states including Pennsylvania with over 20 years of subsurface utility engineering, engineering design and project management experience.  Ken has managed hundreds of projects requiring Subsurface Utility Engineering contracts for PennDOT, New Jersey DOT, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, New Jersey Turnpike, New York State DOT, Vermont DOT as well as many counties and municipalities in New Jersey. Ken is an active member of the ASCE Guideline for the Collection and Depiction of Existing Subsurface Utility Data Committee, the ASCE Utility As-Built Standards Committee, and the, AASHTO Utility Mapping, (GIS) Subsurface Utility Engineering (SUE) Technical Council. 

Ken received his Bachelor of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and currently resides in Howell, Monmouth County, New Jersey with his wife and three children.

Sub-surface Utility Engineering

Unknown existing underground utilities can have a significant negative impact and create risk on improvement projects during construction. Schedule delays and cost overruns can occur, resulting in time lost waiting for utility companies to relocate their facilities, design changes during construction, and contractor claims and change orders. Inaccurate or outdated utility records and/or “as-built” data increase this risk during construction. In addition, unknown existing underground utilities pose a worker safety risk as the potential for accidents or even death can occur. The more complete and accurate the depiction of these underground utility networks, the more informed the design engineer and owner are to make important risk management decisions and develop effective strategies to evaluate, mitigate, accommodate or relocate utilities during design phase and not wait until construction.

Larry Carmen

Larry Carmen is a Senior Project engineer at Victaulic in the Fire Suppression Technology team.  Larry has a BSEE from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.  Larry has 20 years of experience developing building control, power electronics, motor control used globally. In 2014, Larry joined the Victaulic Fire Suppression Technology team.  Larry develops special hazard fire suppression systems, conducts testing and research on hybrid fire suppression, and is a member of the NFPA 770 technical committee on Hybrid Fire Extinguishing Systems.

Alternate Suppression Methods

Summary: Hybrid Fire Suppression is an emerging technology within the fire protection industry that uses a combination of atomized water and inert gas to extinguish fires.  Hybrid Fire Suppression systems may be applied as total flooding or local application systems, and have been used to successfully protect turbines, machinery spaces, control rooms, clean rooms, data centers, specialized machinery and manufacturing equipment, and other high-value assets.  This presentation will present research and testing that has been conducted on Hybrid Fire Extinguishing Technology, starting from development of the technology, up to recent research with the NFPA research foundation.

Mark Pillow

Mark Pillow entered the fire protection industry in 1972 having spent the first twenty-one years with independent distribution and the past twenty years in sales and management for fire protection manufactures. Mark is currently the Director of Americas Sales for The Solberg Company, a global supplier of firefighting foam agents and fixed foam system hardware. SOLBERG, the firefighting foam products division of Amerex Corporation, is based in Green Bay, Wisconsin with operations in Bergen, Norway and Sydney, Australia. Over the past forty-five years Mark’s experience has covered all product aspects of fire protection from portable extinguishers and extinguishing agents to fixed special hazard suppression systems. Mark’s experiences have also included responsibility for sales, sales management, training and design for engineered fire suppression systems such as detection & control, carbon dioxide system and clean agent systems including fixed foam systems.

Mark has served on several national technical committees including the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) committees on mining and telecommunications where he served as the Secretary of that committee. The National Association of Fire Equipment Distributors (NAFED), as Vice President, and the Fire Suppression Systems Association (FSSA) as a member of the Board of Directors.


As a seasoned fire protection practitioner, Mark Pillow brings more than 40 years of special hazard and industrial fire protection experience. His presentation “Foam Systems – What You Really Need to Know” will review basic understanding of “fixed foam suppression systems. The session will include a review of how foam systems are installed with sprinkler systems, design requirements for foam-water sprinkler systems and fixed foam-water systems for typical applications like flammable liquid storage. 

The program will also include information on the latest environmental changes regarding AFFF and fluorine-free foam developments.

Mike Clark

Mike has a Bachelors degree in Civil Engineering from Clarkson College of Technology. The first five years of his career were spent in civil engineering and transportation construction management, and the past 35 years have been spent in management of personnel certification activities – first for the American Concrete Institute (9 years) and now with NICET (26 years). He is currently responsible for implementing the policies and directions of NICET as established by the Board of Governors, managing all day-to- day operations of the Institute, and promoting the value of certification and continued professional development for engineering technicians and technologists.

Mr. Clark earned recognition as a Certified Association Executive in January 2006 from the American Society of Association Executives. He is active in several professional and technical organizations.

NICET Certification Programs

An update on recent NICET activities and a glimpse into the future.

NICET's nationally recognized certification programs lay out a path for your career advancement from entry to senior level responsibilities. Designed by industry experts to provide engineering technology fields with a qualified workforce, our programs are increasingly used by employers and specifiers to measure job skills and knowledge. Since the Institute was founded in 1961, more than 135,000 technicians and technologists have met NICET's rigorous certification criteria, and the number grows rapidly as more employers and local and state governments rely on NICET certification to measure the qualifications of their workforce. By employing those workers who have demonstrated their technical mastery, employers can provide their customers higher quality goods and services. And, ultimately, the public enjoys a higher degree of safety and protection. The certification industry, like other industries, has developed standards that codify the best practices for the assessment of individual capabilities. These standards change over time. NICET wants to maintain the value of its certifications by keeping its tests current, both in terms of content and of certification standards and best practices. NICET certification can be used to plan and measure your career progress. If you are serious about your career, we're here to help.

Michael A. Tomaselli, EIT, M. Eng.

Michael graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with Bachelors and Master’s Degrees in Fire Protection Engineering. During his time at the University of Maryland he interned with the Anne Arundel County Fire Marshal’s Office as a Fire Inspector, where he was first introduced to the code enforcement profession. Shortly thereafter Michael began working as a Design Engineer for Blazeguard Partners and then for Reliance Fire Protection, where he designed residential and commercial sprinkler systems. It was during his time at Reliance that another opportunity in code enforcement arose. Over the past three years Michael has been the Fire Protection Engineer for Anne Arundel County, Maryland. Michael has over 5 years of experience in the fields of construction, engineering, code enforcement and development and over 7 years of formal training in Fire Protection Engineering. Michael is a member of a number of organizations including the International Code Council (ICC), the Emerging Leaders Membership Council (ELMC), Maryland Building Officials Association (MBOA), American Fire Alarm Association (AFAA), the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE), the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), and the American Society of Certified Engineering Technicians (ASCET). Michael currently serves on the Code Interpretation Committee for the MBOA, as the President for the Greater Baltimore Chapter of ASCET, on the Advisory Board of the Emerging Leaders Membership Council, and is a past Executive Board Member for the Chesapeake Chapter of the SFPE. Michael currently holds multiple licenses and certifications, which go to include his Engineer in Training license, a NICET Level I certification in water-based systems layout and design as well as in Inspections, Testing, and Maintenance of water-based systems, and will be sitting for Professional Engineering license this October.

Michael’s goals are to raise the profile of the construction industry, provide sound, ethical, and efficient consultation, and ensure that everyone in this country, and worldwide, can enjoy the pleasures of a safe built environment.

NFPA 72 Updates:

Updates to the NFPA 72 2016 Edition. A review the entire standard of some of the more important changes that affect the design, installation, and inspection and testing. An extra emphasis on Chapter 14.

Paul D. Flannigan

Paul Flannigan is the President and Principal Consultant for Fire Sprinkler Services,LLC, a fire protection design and consulting firm located in Delaware. He additionally works for Anaconda Protective Concepts as their lead engineer. He has over 40 years in the industry starting in the early 70’s. He holds AAS and BS degrees in Fire Protection and a Master’s Degree, multiple certifications including NICET, and memberships in organizations such as NFPA, ASCET, SFPE, and others. He is currently the ASCET Northeastern Region VP.

Fire Exposure for Elevated Transportation Structures, Case Studies

A look at historical incidents where fires have damaged or destroyed elevated transportation structures and options for prevention and or containment. Several cases reviewed. Evaluation of current fire protection techniques.

Rick Boisclair

Rick Boisclair is the Vice President for Suppression Products at Hochiki America. Rick is a 27 year veteran of the Fire Alarm and Suppression industry with a wide background in sales, product and technical management as well as customer service. Rick conducts dozens of product training and educational seminars for customers, installers, end-users, AHJ's, and other groups in the fire alarm and suppression industry every year.

Condensed Aerosol Fire Suppression and NFPA 2010

  • Methodology for fire extinguisment in condensed aerosol systems.
  • NFPA 2010 basic requirements
  • Calculating the amount of aerosol required for a condensed aerosol system
  • Designing a condensed aerosol fire suppression system
  • Parts of a condensed aerosol fire suppression system and applications
  • Safety requirements, testing, and maintenance
  • Review of presentation

Scott Hanson

Scott C. Hanson has been working in the fire sprinkler industry for 30 years.  He has spent most of his career working on the fire sprinkler contracting side of the business as a designer.  He has been a Technical Service Manager for Reliable Automatic Sprinkler Co., Inc. since April of 2012.  Prior to his life in the fire sprinkler industry, he was a licensed journeyman plumber.  Scott has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration.  He is N.I.C.E.T. certified as a level IV Water-Based (formerly Automatic Sprinkler System) Layout.

Reducing Pipe Costs With Sprinklers

Rising material and labor costs along with tight budgets can make a designer’s job more challenging than it already is. My goal with this presentation is to look at the options out there to reduce costs of a sprinkler system by utilizing sprinklers. Whether they are extended coverage, specific application or special, using certain sprinklers in the right conditions can save money on a project by reducing material, fabrication and labor costs.

Steve Redden

Steve Redden is currently employed at Anaconda Protective Concepts in Newark, Delaware. He has been employed by Kratos Defense Solutions, as well as other fire alarm and electrical contractors. He currently holds NICET certifications in Fire Alarm, Inspection and Testing of Water Based Systems, Fire Alarm Inspections, and Special Hazards. He holds and has held positions of Project Manager, Designer, Technician, Estimator, and Consultant.

Fire Alarm Interfaces

A brief discussion about fire alarm systems and how they interface with other life safety and building systems. Interfaces such as HVAC shutdown, magnetic door holders and door locks, security gates, and others will be covered. Circuitry connections will be reviewed.

Steven Brown

Steve Brown has been personally involved in quoting, selecting, and commissioning fire pumps and jockey pumps since 1991. His company, Steven Brown Associates, was founded in 2000, and is a fire pump distributor for Aurora, Fairbanks Nijhuis and Peerless. Steve has provided excellent service to the many fire protection contractors in the Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Maryland regions. He has become the go to company for many in the industry.

Fire Pumps, Curves and Design Topics

Discussion on the fundamentals of fire pump curves, both from the perspective of a designer or engineer in selecting an appropriate rating or model.  Time will be spent on discussing common problems that are often overlooked when ordering a fire pump.

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