New York State
Association of Fire Chiefs

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NYSAFC Codes Training

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Creation of an online account will be required for online registration. Available to single registrants only. Those registering groups must use the PDF or JPG form. Open to NYSAFC members and non-members.
Wednesday, June 14 – 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Thursday, June 15 – 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
@ The Oncenter (lower level) – Rooms 7-8
Registration Fee: $135 per day, per person

This training, coordinated each year by the NYSAFC Codes Committee, provides the opportunity to earn in-service codes hours. Special registration is required. Fee includes training, light breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack, and three One Day Tickets for the FIRE 2023 Expo (valid June 15-17).

8:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Christopher Whittet
“Don’t Be Left Exposed – Part 1 & 2: Meeting the Energy Code with the Safe Use of Foam Insulation”
Rigid foam board and spray foam insulation are common material choices to help achieve energy code compliance, but when installed improperly, can create fire hazards. Foam products generally must be covered from the interior with thermal or ignition barriers, but sometimes may be left exposed via “specific approvals.” The challenge for homebuilders, design professionals, insulation contractors, and code officials is knowing which requirements apply to each application. This course will cover RCNYS requirements for common applications of foam insulation in residential construction, including crawl space walls, basement walls, roofs, attic hatches, knee walls, rim joists, and exterior sheathing. These requirements will be presented in the context of meeting ECCCNYS requirements for these building components.
In-Service Codes Hours: 3
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Brian Tollisen
“Fire Protection Water Supplies”
This course will review the Uniform Code’s requirements for providing an adequate water supply to buildings and structures.
In-Service Codes Hours: 1
12:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Brian Tollisen
“Fire Apparatus Access Road”
This course will examine the Uniform Code’s requirements to facilitate fire truck operations at buildings and structures.
In-Service Codes Hours: 2
2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Nathan Paquin
“The Road to Recovery: An Introduction to Post-Disaster Building Safety Evaluations”
On October 5, 2018, the Disaster Recovery and Reform Act of 2018 was signed into law. This law contains important reforms to federal disaster programs, including ones that formally acknowledge the shared responsibility for disaster preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery among all levels of government. One such provision in the DRRA, Section 1241, focuses on post-disaster building safety assessment. FEMA was directed to develop guidance for building experts to use when they evaluate structures for safety and habitability after a disaster. It is essential to understand building safety evaluations and who can perform them as the incident progresses through the disaster life cycle. This presentation will introduce developing a post-disaster building safety evaluation program and highlight resources available to assist in conducting building safety evaluations.
In-Service Codes Hours: 1
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Ray O’Brocki
“BCD 238 Wood Construction and the Fire Investigator”
This is a companion course to Fire Service Introduction to Wood Frame Construction. It is designed for fire/arson investigators to help them better understand the principles of wood construction and how thorough knowledge of wood construction can benefit an investigation. It will review key sections of NFPA 921. The program will highlight provisions of the International Residential Code in order to call attention to possible code violations that could possibly cause unusual or rapid fire spread and failure of an assembly.
“BCD 231 Construction Fire Safety Best Practices – Category 1”
This program will provide information on best practices to assist fire service personnel charged with responsibilities for fire and life safety on a construction site. Builders and building officials will also benefit from the information provided. The purpose of the program is to reduce the risk of injuries and losses from fire. The information applies to the design and planning stages, as well as the actual construction phase of buildings. Many hazards can be addressed before they become an issue by adoption of best practices and rigorous code enforcement. The primary focus of this program will be on large buildings during construction. Other topics that will be addressed include demolition, alterations, renovations, repair and maintenance, as well as newly completed buildings. This program will provide guidance that is based on compliance with Chapter 33 of the 2018 International Fire Code, Chapter 33 of the 2018 International Building Code, and NFPA Standards 1 and 241.
In-Service Codes Hours: 4 pending DOS approval
12:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Christopher Roth
“Space Heater Safety – T02-07-3156 – Topic 1”
“Chapter 11 – Construction Requirements for Existing Buildings – T02-07-31355 – Topic 1”
 “Lock Latches and Egress Doors – T02-07-3152 Topic 1 & 2”
In-Service Codes Hours:
Chris Whittet is an energy codes specialist for PSD that has been in the energy efficiency industry for over 13 years. He is an experienced auditor and quality assurance professional, holding Building Performance Institute (BPI) certifications as a building analyst professional, envelope professional, heating professional, and healthy home evaluator. With a significant amount of experience in the field, Whittet provides training to students with a real-world and hands-on perspective.
Brian Tollisen has been with the New York State Department of State Division of Building Standards & Codes since 2001. He was initially assigned to the Technical Services Unit, where he provided technical assistance to the Uniform Code and reviewed modular project submissions as part of the division’s modular review program. Most recently, he served as assistant director for compliance and inspection, managing the unit’s direct enforcement for opted out local governments, local enforcement complaints, and oversight investigations. Tollisen is a licensed professional engineer in New York state with a design specialty in geotechnical engineering and building foundation design.
Nathan Paquin is the director of agency emergency management with the New York State Department of State and is the CEDAR program manager. He holds a bachelor of technology degree in emergency management from the State University of New York at Canton and an associate of applied science degree in fire protection technology from Schenectady County Community College. After separating from GE Global Research Emergency Services, he began his service with New York state with the Office of Fire Prevention and Control in 2017. Paquin started his fire service career in 2004 as a volunteer firefighter in his hometown in upstate New York and currently serves as a lieutenant.
Raymond O’Brocki is the manager of fire service relations for the American Wood Council. Before that, he was the chief building official for the city of Rockville, Maryland. He retired as the assistant fire chief the Baltimore City Fire Department in 2013. O’Brocki was appointed fire marshal for Baltimore City in 2008. During his tenure as fire marshal, Baltimore City recorded the three lowest annual fire fatality totals in its history. O’Brocki has served on the Maryland State Child Care Advisory Council, Maryland State Fire Code Update Committee, State Fire Marshals Legislative Working Group, and the steering committee for the Mid-Atlantic Life Safety Conference. He has served on the NFPA Urban Fire Safety Task Force and has presented at the National Fire Academy. O’Brocki is a graduate of the University of Baltimore School of Law and a licensed attorney.
Christopher Roth is the chief fire marshal for the town of Brighton, New York.
Codes Training registration cancellations (and Conference Full Term Registration cancellations, if purchased) must be submitted in writing to NYSAFC. A service fee of 25% will be applied. Badges/tickets, if issued to the registrant(s), must be returned with the letter of cancellation to receive a refund. The deadline for requesting refunds is July 10, 2023. Individual hotel cancellation policies apply. NYSAFC does not assume the responsibility for canceling hotel reservations if the association is notified of cancellation of your Codes Training and/or conference registration.