March TFPA Meeting and Lunch Program

  • March 27, 2019
  • 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
  • San Marcos Activity Center 501 E. Hopkins San Marcos, TX 78666


Solving Industry Challenges with Innovative Technologies - See a Need, Fill a Need

    Location: San Marcos Activity Center, 501 E. Hopkins, San Marcos, TX 


    • 11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Register and networking
    • 12:00 p.m. - 12:45 p.m. - Lunch and business meeting
    • 12:45 p.m. -  2:00 p.m. -  Presentation

    Program:  The fire-protection industry is constantly facing new challenges, ranging from creating innovative ways of satisfying prescriptive requirements in codes and standards to developing protection solutions for new and evolving hazards.  Meeting these needs often leads to great new technologies. 

    This presentation will explore several recent challenges faced by the fire-protection industry and the new technologies were created to address them.  Among the topics to be discussed are:

    • Freeze Protection...Finally a Listed Antifreeze!
    • Breaking ESFR K14 Barriers...New Protection Schemes that Use Electronically Actuated Sprinklers
    • Solving Issues Associated with Acoustic Damage in Data Center Protection 
    • Protecting Combustible Exterior Wall Systems with Remotely Controlled Monitor Nozzles
    • And More...

    Speaker: Mark Fessenden is Director of Industry Relations for Johnson Controls, Inc. For more than 20 years, Mark has worked in fire-protection equipment manufacturing.  His focus has been on the development of new technologies, codes & standards, technical services, and training.  Mark holds three U.S. patents involving automatic sprinkler technology.

    Mark is NICET certified in automatic sprinkler system layout and special hazard suppression systems.  He is a member of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers, National Fire Sprinkler Association, and American Fire Sprinkler Association, and is active in these organizations both nationally and locally.  Mark is also a member of numerous NFPA Technical Committees and has been a member of the NFPA Technical Committee on Residential Sprinkler Systems since 2005.  Mark has a B.S. Degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology from New England Institute of Technology, and he has a Master's degree in Business Administration from Corban University.

    Registration Fee (includes lunch):

    Prepaid Online - Member: $15
    Prepaid Online - Non-member: $20
    At Door - Member/Non-Member: $30

    RSVP DEADLINE IS 5:00 p.m. on March 22, 2019.  Space is limited and will be offered on a first come, first served basis.


    NEXT MEETING - May 8th in San Marcos

    Mark your calendar for our May meeting, which will be a full-day seminar (9:30-3:45) on the hazards of energy storage systems and how to reduce the associated risk.  The technology and code requirements are evolving rapidly, and these systems, which can store ENOUGH ELECTROCHEMICAL ENERGY TO OVERCOME TRADITIONAL FIRE-PROTECTION FEATURES are going into buildings everywhere, in all types of occupancies, from high-rise buildings to single-family residences and everything in between.  They are also being installed outdoors, and outdoor installations present different challenges.

    This is a must attend program for code officials, fire-protection contractors, engineers, architects and others in the fire- and life-safety and building construction industries.  It will cover new code requirements for energy storage systems and will discuss the associated hazards and challenges to emergency responders when one of these systems is exposed to or involved in a fire incident.