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Poole Fire Protection Principal, Jack Poole, PE, FSFPE, led a solo, web-based presentation on the understanding of commissioning and system acceptance testing for 375 members of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE) on Monday, September 25, 2017.

Mr. Poole said that the importance of this webinar was to inform SFPE members on a pair of National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards recently approved. The 2018 Edition of NFPA 3 and NFPA 4 have officially been introduced to the fire protection industry as standards – following the success of each regulation’s test run as a recommended practice.

NFPA 3 – the standard to provide required procedures, methods, and documentation for the commissioning of active and passive fire protection and life safety systems and their interconnections with other building systems – is intended to provide the minimum requirements needed to verify fire protection and life safety systems perform in conformity with the owner’s project requirements, as well as governing laws, codes and regulations.

NFPA 4 – the standard to provide the minimum requirements for testing fire and life safety systems – is intended to provide verification and documentation of fire protection and life safety systems. This includes: performance in accordance to codes and manufacturers’ instructions, sequence of operations and accuracy of recorded documents.

This was Mr. Poole’s first go-round presenting in an SFPE members-only webinar, however he has lectured to the group many times in-person. In fact, Mr. Poole recalls leading a one-week training session on Advanced Fire Alarm System Design, which took place Dubai.

Despite it being his first time in this particular position, things appear to have gone smoothly.

“As one of the original TC members, I believe you captured the true intent and all the details as originally intended by the original TC members,” said a former Maryland State Fire Marshal and past classmate of Mr. Poole’s, in an email following the presentation. “Great job, keep up the good work, you represented the UMFPE alumni extremely well…” To learn more on the NFPA and its updated standards, head over to

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