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InDUSTRIAL FIRE PROTECTIOn SECTIOn
Scott Lord is executive officer at All
Systems in Kansas City, Kansas. All
Systems provides solutions access
control, nurse call, fire alarm, mass
notification, paging and intercom,
and video surveillance technology
for hospitals, universities, school
districts, factories, corporate buildings, and government facilities.
Lord has been in the fire protection industry for 15 years and is a
member of the Building Fire Safety
What codes and industries are important
to your section?
NFPA 99, Health Care Facilities Code;
NFPA 101, Life Safety Code; and NFPA 72,
National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code, are
the most relevant for my industry, as my
company provides life safety fire protection technology to health care and other
facilities. The growing need for emergency
communication systems has been the biggest code area I have been studying and
presenting on for the last four years.
How do codes affect your work on a
The codes affect every technological
design and installation that my company does. Whether it is fire detection,
emergency communication, or security, all
of the systems we design, install, and support are affected by the NFPA codes.
Can you give an example of an event recently in the news or of an ongoing trend
that provides a real-world connection to
The most significant event was the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in
Newtown, Connecticut, on December 14,
2012. It prompted a large number of our
customers in the K-12 market to contact
us seeking information about how to better secure their buildings, as well as about
any codes that recommend how to properly secure a school for an emergency.
The bombing during the Boston Marathon was another event that highlights
the need for emergency communication
systems and protocols in large venues.
What NFPA or NFPA Section events or
activities have you recently attended?
The most recent event I attended was the
tion systems should be installed in all public
facilities. This is by far the best aspect of
my job. I have the opportunity to interact
with end-users ranging from Virginia Tech
to Microsoft, as well as the pioneer manufacturers of the industry.
What is your best advice for someone
getting started in your field?
The best advice I have for someone starting
out in this field is to learn not only about
the NFPA codes, but about how the codes
affect the end-users in each marketplace.
Truly understanding how an end-user’s
business operates day to day, coupled with
the information from the codes, will allow
someone starting out in the life safety
the most significant (recent) event was
the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in
Newtown, Connecticut on December 14, 2012.
“Office Hours” for NFPA 99, a webinar
on the interoperability of emergency
responder electronic safety equipment,
held in March.
What is the best part of your job?
The best part of my job is educating the
end-users about the codes and explaining how the codes help them secure their
employees, visitors, patients, students, and
residents against not only fires, but all types
of emergencies that can endanger lives. I
am part of the National Systems Contractors Association’s Mass Notification and
Emergency Communications Committee,
which was founded to provide information
on changes to NFPA 72, as well as new
technology for emergency communications
systems, and I speak around the country
about the reasons emergency communica-
technology field to truly grasp how best to
design a life safety system that is appropriate for the client’s occupancy.
One thing you want others to know about
I want end-users and life safety integrators to be aware of the wealth of knowledge NFPA has. My experience is that
many fire alarm and emergency communication integrators have a “seasoned”
person that tells them how to put a
system together. However, NFPA has so
much more information that anyone can
use with just a little training on how to
read the codes.
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