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Bob Caputo, CFPS, CET
Bob Caputo, CFPS, CET, splits his time between Fire & Life Safety America, based in Richmond, VA, live seminars, and his consulting practice. Bob is a primary member of the NFPA 13 Installation and Discharge Committees, and the NFPA 4 and NFPA 25 Committees. He is an internationally known instructor for NFPA and AFSA on fire protection and life safety systems. He is the author of many technical papers and articles and a contributor to the NFPA Automatic Sprinkler Systems Handbook (2013 Ed.). Bob has been a member of the fire protection community for more than 30 years and attended the University of Albuquerque New Mexico.

Ralph Foster, III, P.E.
Ralph Foster is the principal of Foster Engineering and Consulting and is a licensed Fire Protection Engineer in multiple states.   He earned his degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of South Carolina and is an NFPA Certified Fire Inspector I and Certified Fire Plans Examiner.  He worked for over 20 years in the public sector conducting inspections and life safety code analysis of buildings; analyzing active and passive fire suppression and detection systems; has extensive experience with Performance Based Design.  He worked for the SC State Fire Marshal's Office for over 18 years where he served as a Staff Engineer, Chief Deputy State Fire Marshal, Manager of Engineering Services, and taught both state and national certification courses.  He is a member of SFPE, NFPA, ICC, and AFSA.  He is active in the SC Fire Marshals Association, the Central Savannah River Chapter of the SFPE and the SC Fire Sprinkler Contractors Association. He retired from the SC Army National Guard after serving for 28 years; is an Assistant Scoutmaster with Troop 10; and resides in Columbia with his son.

Kenneth W. Wagoner, CFPE, CFPS, SET
Ken is a 1977 graduate of Bethany College (KS), and owner of Parsley Consulting, located in Escondido, CA.  He has 31 years of experience in automatic sprinkler system and fire alarm system design, plan review, and construction management. Wagoner has achieved NICET certification in the subfields of automatic sprinkler system layout (IV), fire alarm systems (III) and inspection & testing (III). He has earned NFPA certification as a Fire Protection Specialist (CFPS), and Fire Plan Examiner (CFPE).  He is an AFSA-designated alternate representative to the NFPA 1031 Committee (responsible for the Standard for Professional Qualifications for Fire Inspectors and Plan Examiners), and the Hanging and Bracing Committee of NFPA 13 (responsible for the Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems).  He is also chairman and a principal member of both the NFPA 24 Committee (responsible for the Standard for the Installation of Private Fire Service Mains) and the NFPA 291 Committee (Recommended Practice for Fire Flow Testing & Marking of Hydrants), and a non-voting member of the NFPA 13 Technical Correlating Committee.  He has published numerous articles on seismic bracing, hydraulic calculations, system design and the plan review process, has presented online virtual seminars, and teaches classes sponsored by the San Diego Fire Protection Association and the American Fire Sprinkler Association. He is an active member of NFPA, AFSA, SCAFSA, and SDFPA.

Russ Leavitt, CFPS, SET
Russ is the Executive Chairman of Telgian Corporation, an international firm providing fire protection engineer, consulting, contracting, and compliance services. He is a graduate of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, holds a Level IV certification from NICET in Fire Sprinkler Layout, and is a Certified Fire Protection Specialist.   He is a licensed contractor and has 31 years of experience in the design, installation, and testing of fire protection systems.  He currently serves as a principle on the Technical Correlating Committee on Automatic Sprinkler Systems, the NFPA 25 Technical Committee, the Technical Committee for the Commissioning and Integrated Testing of Fire Protection Systems (NFPA 3 and 4), and the NFPA 5000 (building code) Technical Correlating Committee. In addition, he serves as an alternate on the Installation Technical Committee for NFPA 13.  He has authored a number of articles and training materials including the AFSA Study Guide for NICET Certification on Inspections & Testing, the AFSA online hydraulics courses, and the NFPA Professional Development series.  In addition, he is a major contributor for the 2011 NFPA 25 Handbook.  Russ is a member of NFPA and SFPE.



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