NFPA's Research Foundation will hold its ninth annual Fire Suppression & Detection Research Application Symposium on Jan. 26-28.

The Fire Protection Research Foundation of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) will hold its ninth annual Fire Suppression & Detection Research Application Symposium on Jan. 26-28, 2005, at the Holiday Inn Select Orlando Airport. Titled "Responding to New Century Challenges," the symposium is geared to fire protection engineers, fire safety managers, code enforcers and others from the fire safety industry and is co-sponsored by the Society of Fire Protection Engineers.

Keynote speaker for the event will be April Berkol, director of environmental health, fire and life safety for Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. Her remarks will focus on challenges for fire protection systems in the global lodging industry.

In addition, the William M. Carey Award will be presented to James R. Qualey, III, for research on smoke detector response and the use of anti-static materials. The award recognizes the conference's best presentation from last year, as voted by participants, and honors the late William M. Carey, P.E., senior staff engineer at Underwriters Laboratories Inc., who served on various technical advisory committees of the Foundation, including the Foundation's first fire suppression project, The National Quick Response Sprinkler Project. Carey died three years ago.

The symposium will feature more than 25 papers on the latest research in fire suppression and detection.

Special presentations include:

  • Engineering Challenges Facing the Integration of Fire and Security Systems, by Ray Grill of Sako & Associates, Inc., The RJA Group;

  • Unwanted Alarms: Fire Detection Systems in Sweden, 1993-2001, by Bo Hjorth, AlbaCon AB; and

  • Reliability of Automatic Sprinkler Systems, by William Koffel, Koffel Associates, Inc.

    The symposium will conclude with a panel discussion on the future of fire alarms, detection and suppression systems research.

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