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SFPE Offers Protecting Flammable and Combustible Liquids Course

Tuesday, March 28, 2017  
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SFPE Offers Protecting Flammable and Combustible Liquids Course in Conjunction with Southwest Research Institute, San Antonio

Join us for the Protecting Flammable and Combustible Liquids course, which will have a tour component, in San Antonio during Professional Development Week, May 1–3. Register now and come see a demonstration in which both standard protocols and client/material-specific custom evaluation programs are being conducted using Southwest Research Institute’s (SwRI’s) state-of-the-art full-scale furnace facility, full-scale indoor test facility and the intermediate-scale multistory apparatus. Additional programs use SwRI’s jet-fire facility and high-intensity burner facility, a 25-ft. and 50-ft. corner test facility. SwRI’s remote test facility is used for full-scale pool fire exposures (up to 50 ft.).


This course will address a broad range of issues related to safe handling and storage of flammable and combustible liquid as follows:


Large Fire Loss Review

  • Impact on People, Environment, Property, Business Environment, & Other Related Issues

Strategic Planning for Safe Operations and Storage

  • Employing Administrative and Engineering Controls for Prevention and Mitigation
  • Pre-Planning for Fire Events

Fundamental Risk Determinants

  • Physical, Combustion, & Ignition Properties of Liquids

Navigating and Understanding the Relevant Fire Codes, Regulations, and Standards

  • Federal Regulations, NFPA, IFC, API, and Insurance Company Guidelines

Loss of Containment and Possible Fire and Explosion Types

  • Pool Fires, 2 and 3 Dimensional Spill Fires, and Pressurized Releases

Fire Testing and Defining the Risk

  • Small-Scale, Medium-Scale, and Large-Scale Test Protocols
  • Results of Select Tests Will Be Reviewed

Using Passive and Active Features for Specific Occupancies

  • Containerized Storage and Warehousing
  • Tank Farms
  • Industrial Operations

These features will include Containment and Drainage, Fire Resistant Construction, and Water and Foam-Water Protection Systems. A particular emphasis will be given to water and foam-water protection systems.




Instructor: David P. Nugent has over 36 years of experience in the industrial loss prevention & mitigation field. He is currently the Manager of Code & Project Services for Global Risk Consultants.


His prior experience includes responsibility for corporate fire protection at a multinational chemical coatings company, coordinating full-scale fire tests involving various hazardous materials, and related client consulting.


He is a member of the NFPA 30 technical committee, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and the Society of Fire Protection Engineers.


He has written numerous publications related to flammable and combustible liquids and reactive chemicals. He is a graduate of Rutgers University where he majored in Chemistry.


He is also a recipient of the Joseph B. Finnegan Award from the Society of Fire Protection Engineers, Chicago Chapter.

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