Justin Biller of Aegis Fire Safety Consultants will speak on January 16th at the meeting of the Central Virginia Chapter of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE) in a joint meeting with ASSE.
He will speak on the subject ‘Fire Door Inspections & Field Labeling’ at 4PM.
In this intriguing article from Mr. Ron Cote’, NFPA technical services lead for life safety, he poses the question – Who is a qualified person to inspect fire doors under NFPA 80? The answer given may surprise you, as Mr. Cote’ himself describes his own personal lack of understanding of many of the critical components of fire door inspections, despite a highly recognizable career as a fire protection and life safety engineer working for NFPA over several decades in the development of the Life Safety Code.
Late last year, after studying the definition of qualified person, I realized I did not have the requisite skills to perform inspection and testing of fire door assemblies to the degree of detail and completeness required by NFPA 80—for starters, I didn’t know the differences between the door frame elements of face, rabbet, stop, soffit, throat, and jamb. I challenged myself to obtain that knowledge, and in so doing I set out on a path to learn what it might take for someone not working in the door and hardware field to learn what was needed to perform fire door assembly inspection and testing.
While nowhere close to the experience Mr. Cote’ has in applying fire and life safety applications in codes and standards, when I began looking into what was necessary to be involved in fire door inspections I too felt very similar feelings of inadequacy about the specifics of fire door hardware and installation. At AEGIS, we also turned to DHI for certification of our professional staff as a Fire Door Assembly Inspector and we agree it is by far the most comprehensive program of instruction and certification currently available in this growing industry.
– Justin Biller, P.E., AEGIS Technical Director
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We are always active in the fire protection industry, providing training and support to local companies and organizations. Shown at the top is Justin Biller, our technical director, speaking to the Carolinas Chapter of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers on fire doors and field labeling issues.
Justin Biller will also be speaking at the Fire Code Expo on Tuesday, February 28th in Columbus, OH on the subject of ‘Fire Doors and Opening Protectives’ and associated field labeling.
Also pictured here is Mark Waller, our executive director, taking time to tour a local fire station with some future firefighters!
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An article by Justin Biller of Aegis Fire Safety Consultants has been featured in the May issue of Doors & Hardware Magazine.
The article, titled ‘Fire Door Certification and Labeling: A Retrospective’ discusses the historic development of building codes and test standards related to fire door certification and labeling, and how to better evaluate future trends in listing and labeling provisions.
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Fire Doors are designed to compartmentalize a building, prevent the spread of smoke and fire, and protect egress for a specified amount of time. These doors are rated from 20 minutes up to 3 hours. The door, frame and all components used on that door must be subjected to rigorous fire testing to verify it will perform its function under fire conditions.
Fire-rated doors are required to bear a label that states the protection rating. It is important to remember that a label on a fire door does not mean that the assembly is compliant. If non fire-rated hardware is used it can create a potentially deadly scenario in the event of fire. The rating of the assembly is limited to the component with the lowest fire protection rating. In order for fire doors to work effectively, they must be correctly specified, installed and maintained.
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