Tennessee Valley Chapter of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers

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    • 04/06/2023
    • 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Mimi's Cafe - Turkey Creek


    The Location and Date of Chapter meetings have changed. TVSFPE will be meeting on the first Thursday of April.

    TVSFPE will be meeting Thursday (4/6/2023) at Mimi's CafĂ© in Turkey Creek:  https://www.mimiscafe.com/locations/knoxville/

    The meeting will be from 6pm to 8pm with a presentation that is to be determined.

    A social hour will be held between 5pm and 6pm. 

    Please note that Mimi's Cafe' has food, and is located at 10945 Parkside Dr. Knoxville, TN 37934

    March Meeting Minutes attached below.

    23.3.2 Secretary's Report.pdf

    Thank you,

    Justin Gardner

    TVSFPE Secretary

    Cell: 505-670-5003


    • 04/17/2023
    • 04/18/2023
    • 2 sessions
    • Bearden Banquet Hall [5806 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919]

    Significant Changes to the IFC/IBC, IFC Hazardous Materials, and IEBC Analysis

    Presented by John Swanson, National Fire Sprinkler Association

    See TVSFPE 2023 Annual Seminar.pdf

    TVSFPE will host a two-day course covering  three topics. The first topic will address significant changes to the IFC/IBC. Participants will learn the significant changes to the most recent editions of the International Fire Code and International Building Code related to fire protection. A chapter by chapter analysis along with changes from one edition to the next will be discussed to reflect these changes have on designers, building owners and authorities having jurisdiction.

    The second topic will cover the International Existing Building Code and will analyze the basic building code, fire sprinkler installation requirements and correlation issues. Additionally, the IEBC topic will address different methods to provide increased fire protection without increased construction cost, and discuss code requirements and design advantages in current model codes.

    The last topic will address International Fire Code hazardous material requirements. The course will cover the IFC/IBC requirements applicable to storage, use, dispensing, and handling of hazardous materials. Topics to be discussed include: defining the different terms used in the IFC related to hazardous materials (maximum allowable quantity, control area, storage vs. use-closed system vs. use open system, etc.); benefits that fire sprinklers provide with dealing with hazardous materials and maximum allowable quantities; specific criteria based on occupancy classification.


    Mr. John Swanson is a codes and standards specialist at National Fire Sprinkler Association (NFSA) who previously spoke at the 2019 TVSPFE Seminar on NFPA 72 and Significant IFC Changes between 2012, 2015, and 2018. He is a former Deputy Fire Marshall with the state of Minnesota who has over 20 years of experience in the fire protection and life safety industry, including 6 years of experience as an International Code Council Contract Instructor. 


    This seminar will be held at the Bearden Banquet Hall: 5806 Kingston Pike Knoxville, TN 37919.

    Seminar registration cost is $500 for professionals and $250 for fire service and state/municipal code officials. The registration cost does not include travel or lodging expenses.  Registration and payment deadline is April 7th, 2023.  You will receive a confirmation of receipt of registration form and payment. A receipt and map/directions (if requested) will accompany the confirmation. Please register online or mail the completed registration form, with payment, to:
    TVSFPE 2023 Seminar c/o Michael Shehane
    1310 Centerpoint Blvd. Knoxville, TN 37932

    The seminar will consist of a morning session and an afternoon session each day with a lunch break in between. The morning sessions will begin at 8:00AM and end at approximately 11:30AM each day. There will be a one hour lunch break from 11:30PM to 12:30PM. The afternoon sessions will begin at 12:30PM and end at approximately 4:00PM each day.

    ***Please bring a laptop in order to fully participate.  Sharing computers between attendees will be done as needed, but brining your own will maximize the benefits of this course while completing the learning objectives for the course.***

    The seminar is an excellent opportunity to accumulate CEUs or PDHs. This seminar will provide 12 continuing education credits. We have applied for approval with the State of TN for 12 CEUs for Fire Inspector and Building Inspector. Participants will receive a training packet, related lecture notes, breakfast and lunch both days, and a
    certificate of completion for the course.

    For any questions about registration, seminar details and/or the TVSFPE in general contact Andrew Tinsley (865) 660-8349, Andrew.tinsley@tvsfpe.org.

    A portion of seminar proceeds will be applied to the TVSFPE Scholarship Fund, which allows us to provide an annual scholarship to students pursuing formal education in the field of fire protection.

TN Valley Society of Fire Protection Engineers

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TVSFPE is a local chapter of SFPE.

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