How to Get Involved in the NFPA Process

June 2 NextGen Webinar Free for AFSA Members

The American Fire Sprinkler Association’s (AFSA) NextGen Initiative is proud to present a webinar to learn each step of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) code cycle and how the viewer can be a part of it as a member of the public, an NFPA member, or an NFPA committee member. This webinar will be held at 11:00 a.m. Central on June 2, 2020.

New versions of NFPA codes and standards are published on three-year cycles. Each cycle, these codes and standards are updated through the hard work of many industry experts as the result of issues in previous editions, issues seen in the field, and the inclusion of new technologies. Did you know that you can help make these changes? Did you know that you don’t need to be on NFPA committees to help make these changes? As a member of the fire sprinkler industry, your expertise can help the NFPA to address issues where current-day codes and standards are lacking. 

This presentation is designed to help guide the viewer through the NFPA process. It will provide information as to how the viewer can use information from previous NFPA revision cycles to further clarify NFPA requirements. Finally, it will show how the AFSA staff and committee representatives can help its membership in being involved in the NFPA process. Upon completion of this webinar, attendees will be able to:
• Define the steps of the NFPA process.
• Describe the actions that are taken during the steps of the NFPA process.
• Differentiate how members of the public, NFPA, and NFPA committees can be involved in the NFPA process.
• Identify how AFSA can assist its members in being involved in the NFPA process.
• Explain how the NFPA process can be used to analyze previous code and standard changes.

The speakers for this webinar are John August Denhardt, P.E., FSFPE, and Karl Wiegand, P.E. Denhardt is vice president of engineering and technical services for AFSA. He is responsible for strengthening AFSA’s engineering and technical approaches to meeting member, industry, and operational priorities, with an emphasis on service, quality, and integrity. Denhardt is a Professional Engineer (P.E.) registered in the District of Columbia as well as the states of Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. He is also NICET Level III in Water-Based System Layout and Inspection & Testing of Water-Based Systems. A native of Maryland, Denhardt holds a bachelor of science degree in Fire Protection Engineering from the University of Maryland in College Park.

Wiegand works in the fire protection department at Victaulic, where his primary duties consist of providing training, providing technical support, researching and development, and representing Victaulic’s interests within the fire protection industry. He holds a Professional Engineering license in the field of Fire Protection Engineering and is a graduate of Worcester Polytechnic Institute with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Science degree in Fire Protection Engineering. Over the last 11 years, Wiegand has held positions on NFPA 15, NFPA 24, and NFPA 750, as well as AWWA’s Backflow and Water Metering committees. Wiegand continues to represent the sprinkler industry on NFPA 16, 101, 820, and 5000 AWWA’s Fire Protection Committee and Underwriters Laboratory’s UL199 STP.

The webinar connection and content is free to all AFSA members. This webinar offers 0.15 CEUs but does not award any CPDs nor CAL FIRE-approved CEUs. To receive continuing education credit for this webinar, you must register for a nominal fee of $35 per certificate. To register, visit

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