The State Fire Marshal's Office has announced a kick-off meeting to review the current provisions of the codes in relationship to Group L occupancy requirements. Group L allows an alternate method of design for research labs that have regulated hazardous materials in excess of that permitted by the control area concept in Section 414. Without these provisions research laboratories would be limited to the first three floor levels above grade plane to have sufficient amount of regulated hazardous materials to conduct their operations or would have to be classified as a Group H occupancy. The Group L occupancy is a California created occupancy classification which became part of the 2007 California Codes and has not have a review or significant update since this time of introduction.

SFM would like to have persons participate in this review from all perspectives of users, developers, building owners, architects and those responsible for enforcement .At this time there is not a representative from a local building department and such individual would be extremely helpful. SFM is actually interested in having individuals having any form of interest in the review process and therefore has established a Web conference for those that may not be able to attend the actual Sacramento meeting.

This meeting  will be held August 221 to 4 PM at SFM Headquarters in Sacramento.

If you like to join the conference call: Call in 888-251-2909 Participant: 204798

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  Join SFPE in preparing for the P.E. Exam in fire protection with our   effective, online review course to help you organize and navigate through the   massive amount of reference material.  This 14 live 1.5 hour session   will be held weekly every Tuesday (2:30-4:00 pm eastern time) and every   Thursday (6:30-8:00 pm eastern time) starting on July 8.  
 
  Topics Include:

      
  • Exam Preparation & Exam        Taking Strategies
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  • Fire Protection Analysis
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  • Fire Protection Management
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  • Human Behavior
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  • Fire Dynamics
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  • Fire Protection Systems
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  • Fire Alarm Systems
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  • Smoke Management
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  • Explosion Protection
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  • Passive Building Systems

The   exam is scheduled for October 24, 2014.  The suggested list of   references for the 2014 Principles and Practice of Engineering (P.E.) Exam in   fire protection is:

      
  • The SFPE Handbook of Fire        Protection Engineering, 4th Edition
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  • NFPA Fire Protection        Handbook, 20 Edition
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  • NFPA 11: Standard for Low-,        Medium-, and High-Expansion Foam, 2010 Edition
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  • NFPA 13: Standard for the        Installation of Sprinkler Systems, 2013 Edition
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  • NFPA 25:  Standard for        the Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection        Systems, 2011 Edition
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  • NFPA 30:  Flammable and        Combustible Liquids Code, 2012 Edition
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  • NFPA 72:  National Fire        Alarm and Signaling Code, 2013 Edition
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  • NFPA 101:  Life Safety        Code, 2012 Edition

Additional educational resources for   the fire protection P.E. Exam is the SFPE Reference/Answer Manual for the   P.E. Exam in Fire Protection Engineering, 4th Edition (2012) available   from the SFPE Bookstore.
 
  For more information about becoming a licensed engineer and the P.E. Exam in   fire protection, visit http://www.sfpe.org/LicensingPEExam.aspx.    It is one of the most important steps a fire protection engineer can   make.