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SPOTLIGHT On ARCHITECTS, EnGInEERS, & BUILDInG OFFICIAL SECTIOn
a three-part panel discussion of the promittee, the By-laws Committee, and a new posed changes to the 2013 edition of NFPA Membership Committee. Ideas for other 70®, National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code, section committees are also welcome. The Executive Board is also looking into which will take place on Monday, June 11, and a step-by-step workshop on fire collaborating more with other sections. protection and life safety system commisTo help accomplish this, we are trying to sioning on Tuesday, June 12. The seminars open a dialogue about current issues that will continue on Wednesday, June 13, are common to the various sections and and will include an update on the 2013 looking for opportunities for joint educaedition of NFPA 20, Installation of Stationtional sessions. ary Pumps for Fire Protection, as well as an As design professionals, we continue overview of clean agent systems. I would to face problems in the differing codes encourage everyone to make the most of adopted by multiple jurisdictions, the nuthese opportunities and attend as many of merous amendments many jurisdictions make to the model codes, and the different interprethe AeBo section will sponsor tations of the codes and standards from jurisdicmore thAn 40 seminArs At this tion to jurisdiction. Involv- yeAr’s AnnuAl conference & expo. ing more members of the section in the section’s activities can give architects, engineers, these seminars as possible. As architects, and building officials an opportunity to engineers, and building officials, we all collaborate on current issues and to enneed sources of continuing education to courage consensus on these issues. maintain our registrations and certificaThe annual NFPA Conference & Expo is tions. NFPA’s Conference & Expo is a great an excellent opportunity for AEBO Section opportunity to not only gain your necesmembers to network with other professary CEUs but to spend time with your sionals, to take advantage of the educacolleagues and to see the latest innovative tional opportunities offered, and to affect fire protection products. the code- and standard-development proIf you can attend the conference in Las cess. With limited budgets and other time Vegas, please plan to attend the annual commitments, however, it is often difficult AEBO business meeting at the Luxor Hofor section members to attend the Contel, on Monday, June 11 at 7 am, where we ference & Expo. For this reason, we hope will vote on new Board Members, as well that an Education Committee can develop as changes to the section’s by-laws. other opportunities for section members We encourage any member who would to network and increase their knowledge like to get involved to contact us. of NFPA’s codes and standards, be they If you are interested in serving on a comWeb-based training sessions or other mittee of the AEBO Section, please contact mini-conferences similar to the HealthCourtney O’Neill at email@example.com. care Symposium offered in the late fall. The AEBO Section will sponsor more To join nFPA or add a section to your memberthan 40 seminars at this year’s annual ship, go to nfpa.org and click on the membership Conference & Expo. Among them will be tab or call 1-800-344-3555.
James Peterkin, PE, is the current chair of the AEBO Executive Board. He is a vice-president and senior fire protection engineer in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, office of Heery International, a full-service architecture, interior design, engineering, construction management, and program management firm with 23 offices across the United States. He has been in the field of fire protection engineering for 27 years.
Section Activity Summary Did you know that the Architects, Engineers, and Building Officials (AEBO) Section is the second-largest NFPA section with 4,579 members? Yet it has very little activity compared to many of the other NFPA sections, such as the Electrical Section, the International Fire Marshal’s Association, and the Health Care Section. During recent meetings of the Executive Board, we discussed how we can tap into the resources that the AEBO section members have to offer and how to use them to help the section offer more to our members. The Executive Board decided that the first step was to establish an Education Committee to help increase the section members’ educational and training opportunities. We sent an e-mail to the section membership asking for volunteers interested in serving on this committee. The board also asked section members about their interest in serving on the Nominating Com-
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