The Fire Suppression Systems Association (FSSA) places education and knowledge at the uppermost echelon of member benefits. Not only do our members receive opportunities to boost their skill sets and those of their team via the FSSA's Online Training Program and FSSA Guides and Publications but also via the association's new Webinar Series.

The FSSA Webinar Committee, which is chaired by FSSA Member Todd Stevens, JC Cannistraro LLC, is devoted to providing members with information that impacts their operations and also to updating the industry about the association and the benefits that membership provides. These webinars will typically be member-only offerings, but some may be open to the public in order to share the value of the FSSA with industry leaders and prospective members.

 Upcoming Webinars

March 19, 2020 at 12:00 pm EST

Protection of Energy Storage Systems


The presentation will lay out a phased approach which current understanding suggests may be the most effective in managing large scale battery failures and fires. Given the current environment of lacking data and codes still in development, this presentation will pull from all testing conducted to date as well as experiences from the design and implementation of tiered fire detection and suppression systems. The presentation will focus on how technologies available now may stack in complimentary fashion to cover all aspects of a lithium ion battery failure from single cell failure onset through to propagation, the incipient fire stage, and full system involvement with specific emphasis on detection of failure, determination of fire stage and threat, and thermal management for suppression.

Presented by:

Paul Hayes - American Fire Technologies, General Manager

Graduate of NC State, with a BS in Civil Engineering; Professional Engineer in Civil and Fire Protection in over 35 States; Principal engineer with 30+ years’ experience managing a special hazard asset protection fire company for the industrial and power markets.

Professional functions include: Focused interest in leading edge design & development of detection and suppression systems for lithium-ion battery facilities; Member of EPRI Safety Council, SME FDNY, UL 9540A STP, Board of Directors FSSA and EEI; Technical support, oversight, design, installation of fire detection and suppression systems; NFPA code committee and code development experience; Knowledge of federal, state and local laws and regulations, and experience in regulatory agency negotiations.


Webinars are open to FSSA members and non-members.


Past Webinars

On November 21, 2019, FSSA hosted a webinar, Advanced Detection Using Video Analytics and Integration with Other Technologies, presented by Rick Jeffress, Director of Business Development at Fike Corporation. This presentation provided an overview of video analytics detection technology, how to apply in various hazards as well as considerations to avoid false alarms and allow earliest detection with available settings. Integration of video analytics with IP cameras available with flame and thermal radiometry systems offers multiple methods of detection, allowing earlier detection, possibly prior to fire or explosion. This presentation included examples of video analytics applications, guidance for layout and design as well as integration scenarios with other detection technologies.

 To view the webinar on your computer, CLICK HERE.

On August 22, 2019, FSSA hosted a webinar, Fire Suppression for Electric Power Generation, presented by Steve Rice, Operations Manager at Protegis Fire & Safety and Tom Wysocki, Technical Director at FSSA. This webinar provided an overview of fire suppression methods for traditional power generation facilities and discussed the current hazards, challenges, and multiple methods of extinguishment of various wind turbines.

 To view the webinar on your computer, CLICK HERE.

On May 14, 2019, FSSA hosted a webinar, Water Mist: Special Hazard Applications, Technologies and Design Principles, presented by Jason Jones, Global Product Manager at Fike Corporation and Jonathan Ingram, North American Sales Director at Kidde Fire Systems. Water mist has been an approved, effective special hazard fire protection technology for more than three decades. New technologies, wider acceptance and changing regulations and standards have accelerated its adoption in recent years. This presentation explores the latest technologies, applications and design principles in this re-emerging fire protection market.

To view the webinar on your computer, CLICK HERE.

On February 12, 2019, FSSA hosted a webinar, Introduction to Foam Concentrates, presented by Mitch Hubert, Manager, Global Product Development at The Solberg Company. This webinar was an introduction to firefighting foams and the environmental concerns facing our industry.  We reviewed updates associated with recently passed and anticipated State and Federal regulations.  Hubert discussed compatibility issues with older C8 and longer chain carbon fluorosurfactant containing foams that may require foam and proportioning equipment replacement.  Learn more about terms describing fluorosurfactants such as PFOS and PFOA, that are man-made chemicals used in many products and a key ingredient in AFFF’s foams and their effects on the environment and human health.

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On November 28, 2018, the FSSA hosted a webinar titled Fire Protection for Hot and Cold Aisle Containment Systems in Data Centers, presented by Lee Kaiser, ORR Protection Systems, Inc. In this webinar, Lee discussed how the cooling strategies for information technology equipment in data centers have changed and how many facilities now use aisle containment structures to improve cooling efficiency. These structures can have a large impact on fire detection, sprinkler systems, and gaseous fire suppression systems. Both NFPA 75 and 76 have code requirements for adjusting fire protection systems when aisle containment structures are installed.

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On August 9, 2018, the FSSA hosted a webinar titled NFPA 241: Fire Safeguarding Buildings Under Construction, Alteration, and Demolition Operations presented by Lieutenant Chris Towski, City of Cambridge Massachusetts Fire Department. In this webinar, the speaker presented through the eyes of the fire service on the requirements and enforcement of NFPA 241. These operations present an increased potential for fire due to the presence of large quantities of combustible materials and debris, as well as unusual ignition sources that may not be present following construction operations. Discussion covered historic fires, the regulatory code path, gaps in the construction industry, and real-life examples of some of the issues commonly found.

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On May 9, 2018, the FSSA hosted a webinar titled SHAPE Program - Special Hazard Awareness, Promotion, and Education presented by Dave Hoffman & Michelle Thompson. In this webinar, the speakers explained the use of halon systems and halon replacements that are safe for occupied spaces. They discussed the usage and role of overhead sprinkler systems in occupied spaces, comparing it against halocarbon clean agents and inert gases. The webinar presenters also covered the clean fire extinguishing agent and some of their many manufacturers.

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On January 31, 2018, the FSSA hosted a webinar titled Clean Agent Enclosure Design and Testing for Peak Pressure & Hold Times for Compliance with NFPA 2001 presented by Lee Canegaly, Jay Edmonds, and Colin Genge. In this webinar, the speakers explained the new testing procedure that has combined the changes to enclosure design and testing from 1988 and 2012. They explained the great potential enclosure design has for improving clean agent hold time at relatively low cost and heading off compliance problems. The webinar presenters noted, "we see the same problems repeated over and over which is disappointing when they are so easy to correct early on."

To view or download the webinar on your computer, CLICK HERE. Please note: this webinar is a very large file and you will need to download the webinar directly to your computer in order to view the full presentation.



On November 9, 2017, the FSSA hosted a webinar titled CO2 Applications and Safety Considerations presented by Tom Wysocki, FSSA Technical Committee Director. This webinar provided an overview of the use of carbon dioxide fire extinguishing systems in various industrial/commercial applications such as metalworking, coal handling, power generation, food processing, etc.  The historical safety and effectiveness of carbon dioxide systems were examined together with modern-day safety features required for carbon dioxide fire extinguishing systems.

To view or download the webinar on your computer, CLICK HERE. Please note: this webinar is a very large file and you will need to download the webinar directly to your computer in order to view the full presentation.


On July 11, 2017 the FSSA hosted a webinar on Detection and Control for Special Hazard Applications which was presented by Jeffrey Kidd, The Hiller Companies, and Dan Corbett, Honeywell Fire Systems Group. This webinar covered detection principles and technologies used in current special hazard suppression applications, the types of control systems they connect to, and agents used for special hazard fire suppression.

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On January 11, 2017, the FSSA hosted a webinar titled Clean Agents 101 which was presented by Todd Stevens of Cannistraro and Michelle Thompson of BFPE International. In this presentation, they went over the basic clean agent systems. They explored NFPA 2001 to understand chemical agents, inert gases, how they work, the basic design criteria and why it is important to understand the differences when making the proper selection for your specific application. They reviewed the requirements when making the decision on proper fire alarm systems and which are appropriate for a certain space. This presentation is beneficial for those that are facing the challenge of providing proper suppression in sensitive areas with high dollar equipment, irreplaceable artifacts or where any downtime is a detriment to your business.

To view or download the webinar on your computer, CLICK HERE. Please note: this webinar is a very large file and you will need to download the webinar directly to your computer in order to view the full presentation.


On May 12, 2016, the FSSA, Looking Back: The FSSA 2016 Annual Forum, during which former FSSA President Eric Burkland, Healey Fire Protection, Inc., and FSSA Member Luis Gonzalez, 3M Electronics Materials Solutions Division, offered their recap of the 2016 Annual Forum. As attendees described it as “one of the best,” FSSA wanted to highlight this member-only benefit and draw in non-members who may join to participate in this great networking and educational opportunity. Following the webinar, Headquarters received feedback that it was insightful without digging too deep and piqued interests of those who had not attended.

To view or download the webinar on your computer, CLICK HERE. Please note: this webinar is a very large file and you will need to download the webinar directly to your computer in order to view the full presentation.


On January 15, 2016, the FSSA hosted a webinar titled "What is the FSSA and the S.H.A.P.E. Program," during which FSSA President Tim Carman, Janus Fire Systems, and FSSA Member Dave Hoffman, Firetrace International, provided their insights on the role that the FSSA plays in the industry; how membership in the FSSA strengthens special hazards fire protection companies and the educational offerings membership provides, such as the S.H.A.P.E. Program, which was developed by members of the association.

To view or download the webinar on your computer, CLICK HERE.

Future Webinar Topics

Industrial Hazard: LNG
Industrial Hazard: HACA
Industrial Hazard: Power Gen
Industrial Hazard: CO2
Industrial Hazard: Test Cell, Machinery Spaces
Should you wish to propose an idea about a topic or a presenter that the FSSA should feature for a webinar that you do not see listed here, please utilize this form to submit your idea to FSSA Headquarters.

If you have any questions about the webinar series, please contact FSSA Headquarters at [email protected]

*Remember, all suggested topics should support the FSSA's mission: to promote, educate and grow the special hazard fire protection industry.