AHJ Days & Free Seminars

September 20-21, 2021


The American Fire Sprinkler Association (AFSA) invites you to two action-packed day of education and networking.

AFSA40: Convention, Exhibition, & Apprentice Competition is an annual event attended by numerous fire sprinkler contractors, manufacturers, and suppliers from around the globe. During this convention, dedicated time has been reserved for the local AHJ community.

FREE Events include:

  • Training Seminars
  • General Session
  • Exhibition Grand Opening Reception ($350 Value) (Must Wear UNIFORM for Entry)
  • Largest Fire Sprinkler Exhibition in North America!

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Monday, 9/20/21

Special Events

General Session

Monday, 9/20/21
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

AFSA's General Session marks the first official event gathering the AFSA family together to celebrate the best in the industry. AFSA will take this special occasion to recognize the most inspirational people in the industry by presenting its most prestigious honors to the Henry S. Parmelee Award winner, the Fire Sprinkler Advocate of the Year, and the Young Professional of the Year. AFSA will also introduce you to the top seven apprentices in the country.

Exhibition Grand Opening Reception

Monday, 9/20/121
4:30 PM - 7:30 PM
$350 Value

This is where cutting-edge technology and the most innovative sprinkler design meet the experienced business leaders who know how to put that technology to use. It all comes together at our marquee event - the Exhibition Grand Opening Reception! The Exhibition features roughly 100 exhibiting companies, making it hands down the leading exhibition of fire sprinkler products and services in the country. Heavy Hors'd oeuvers & 2 Beverage Tickets included.  ( Must be in uniform. )

Tuesday, 9/21/21

Seminars & Exhibit

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Fire Sprinkler Systems Plans Review
Travis Mack, CFPS, CWBSP, RME-G, COC, SET, MFP Design, LLC; Steven Scandaliato, CFPS, SET, RME, SDG, LLC
Tuesday, 9/21/21
8:00AM - 12:00PM
Room: Larkspur
CEU 0.4 | CPD 4.0 | CH 4.0
AHJ Track

Review of automatic fire sprinkler system plans has become very complex as the 2019 edition of NFPA 13 has been completely reorganized and expanded to provide more information than ever before on fire sprinkler system design and installation. This seminar will guide attendees in a discussion of the requirements for plans and calculations contained in Chapter 27 and will include an exercise in hands-on review of a fire sprinkler system plan, including the overall design concept, hydraulic calculations, seismic bracing, and the underground supply system. Evaluation of decisions made on the part of the system designer dealing with hazard and commodity classification, building construction type, positioning of the sprinkler and their spacing, and materials selection will all be among topics which are part of the review. This seminar will rely heavily on attendee participation and generate a list of items requiring further clarification or revisions. A questionand- answer session will follow completion of the plan review. Plan reviewers and field inspectors should find this seminar helpful and will most likely find areas where their own review checklist can be modified or improved.

Upon completion of this seminar, the attendee should be able to:

  • Demonstrate ability to accurately read a set of fire sprinkler plans.
  • Perform a thorough review to determine compliance, or lack thereof, with the requirements for fire sprinkler systems in NFPA 13, and their own jurisdiction.
  • Calculate the coverage area for each sprinkler, using the SxL=A method from NFPA 13, and identify fire sprinkler locations exceeding coverage limits of NFPA 13.
  • Discuss items on the plan in conflict with each other.
  • Solve equations to develop minimum flow and pressure requirements for each sprinkler.
  • Identify differences between obstructed and unobstructed construction and how they impact sprinkler system design.
  • Complete a detailed letter informing the contractor of non-compliance, including descriptions of non-compliant items with standard references, and advising of the resubmittal process.

A copy of the 2019 edition of NFPA 13 are strongly recommended for attendees.

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 group discussion

NFPA 25 Focus Group Discussion Hosted by NFPA
Katie Twist, NFPA
Tuesday, 9/21/21
3:30PM - 5:00PM
Room: Cibolo 1-2
AHJ Track

Katie Twist, Portfolio Manager, Building & Life Safety and Fire Protection Systems with NFPA will be leading a casual focus group on NFPA 25. Katie is seeking to have an open discussion with users of NFPA 25 at every level (AHJ’s owners, service providers, installers, designers, inspectors, software providers, etc.) to discuss how NFPA 25 is being executed across the board. Let’s get together with NFPA staff to discuss how to make ITM easier, faster, and more widely enforced.


Steve Scandaliato

Steven Scandaliato, CFPS, SET

Steven Scandaliato is Executive Principal and Managing Director at SDG, LLC.  He has over 32 years’ experience in fire protection engineering, design and project management covering all types of fire protection and life safet systems.  He serves on the Technical Advisory Committee for the American Fire Sprinkler Association and represents AFSA as a member of the NFPA 13, 101 and 5000 Committees.  Nationally recognized, Steven has become one of the most popular and sought after speakers on fire and life safety systems in the country.  He is published in several periodicals including articles for the NFPA Journal, Fire Marshals Quarterly and American Society of Plumbing Engineers.  He is also a contributing author to the text published by NFPA/SFPE titled “A Designers Gude to Automatic Sprinkler Systems”.  He most recently presented seminars on “Plan Review and Installation of Fire Sprinkler Systems” for the Florida Fire Marshals and Inspectors Association throughout Florida.  Over the last 15 years, he has presented seminars to thousands in contracting and professional associations including The American Fire Sprinkler Association, The American Society of Plumbing Engineers, The American Institute of Architects, The Society of Fire Protection Engineers, The American Society of Sanitary Engineering and The International Fire Marshals Association.  He is a member of NFPA, SFPE and AFSA.

Travis Mack

Travis Mack, CFPS, CWBSP, RME-G, COC, SET, MFP Design

Travis Mack, SET, has been in the fire sprinkler industry for nearly 30 years and is certified as a NICET Level IV Senior Engineering Technician in Water-Based Systems Layout. Travis operates MFP Design, LLC, a fire sprinkler system design firm based in Gilbert, Arizona. In 2020, MFP Design was acquired by Ferguson Fire and Fabrication and represents the joining of the entities to provide an even higher level of service to the fire sprinkler industry.