Onsite Training

NFPA offers Hands-on Sprinkler Plan Review Workshop

If you’re responsible for reviewing fire sprinkler system design plans, learn how to avoid dangerous (and costly) errors or omissions. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is hosting a two-day, hands-on training aimed at giving project managers, designers, engineers, and others the tools they need to accurately and efficiently review sprinkler plans.  

Back by popular demand, the workshop goes beyond a lecture-style format and offers something more hands-on; instructors will guide participants through a plan review and calculations while identifying deficiencies and documenting findings. The workshop, based on NFPA 13, Installation of Fire Sprinkler Systems, also covers: 

• Regulatory requirements for plans and calculations submittals
• Blueprint reading skills
• Sprinkler specifications
• An eight-step process for hydraulic calculations review 
• An eight-step process for sprinkler plans review

We invite you to join NFPA’s fire sprinkler experts in Cranston, RI, July 13-14, 2017 for this unique training experience. Find out more and register by visiting NFPA’s training page.  




Finding Common Ground: Collaborative Training for the Cultural Heritage and Emergency Response Communities

Disasters happen in Massachusetts – is your community prepared?

In the last 10 years, there have been almost annual federal disaster declarations for severe storms, flooding, snowstorms, tornados, tropical storms, and hurricanes across the Commonwealth. To help cultural heritage institutions become more resilient to natural disasters and other events that can irreparably damage collections and to prepare first responders to assist these institutions, the Commonwealth received a grant from the NEH – Finding Common Ground: Collaborative Training for the Cultural Heritage and Emergency Response Communities. This project sets out to bring first responders together with members of the cultural heritage community in their community in an effort to protect humanities collections and municipal records following a disaster.

There is often a lack of communication between these local cultural institutions, the local first responders, the municipal administration, and the local emergency management agency.  One of the main objectives of this project is to foster cooperation and collaboration among these disparate entities. To this end, a series of 5 FREE workshops jointly taught by preservation and firefighting professionals will address risk assessment, disaster planning, disaster response, and will culminate in a live burn and salvage exercises at the MA Department of Fire Services facilities, allowing both communities to experience firsthand the challenges of fighting a fire and recovering collection. These workshops will be preceded by a series of mandatory recorded webinars on Preservation to set the stage for the workshops. You will receive information on how to access the webinar once you have registered.  Participation by both cultural institutions and local emergency responders will be crucial for the success of this program.

Emergency responders in this program will:

  • Learn about preservation practices and how they impact how institutions can respond to a disaster;
  • Assist these institutions in conducting a risk assessment
  • Incorporate these institutions into the local Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan;
  • Assist the institutions in developing their institutional disaster plan;
  • Complete FEMA’s online course on the Incident Command System if not already done;
  • Witness a live burn of collection materials and implement the protocols necessary in putting out a   fire;
  • Observe and participate in a salvage exercise of the materials that have gone through the live burn to better understand how preservation practices and firefighting impacts a collection and how much it is possible to salvage.

Session/Workshop Information and Schedule

The Preservation Webinars will be recorded and available online as of the middle of June. Specific information on accessing it will be sent out once people have registered.

Note that when registering you should register for ALL three dates at the same location. Make your choice on the registration form accessed at the end of this document. Please make sure that the cultural heritage person whom you list on the registration form also registers individually.They will also have received this information and a link to the registration form.

The topics of the first three face-to-face workshops are:

  • The first date will be the Risk Assessment session.
  • The second date will be the first of the Disaster Planning sessions (developing a disaster plan).
  • The third date will be the second of the Disaster Planning sessions (putting your disaster plan to work).

Dates and locations of the face-to-face workshops:

Ipswich Museum, Ipswich, MA

  • September 12, 2017
  • January 16, 2018
  • April 10, 2018

Goodnow Library, Sudbury, MA

  • September 13, 2017
  • January 17, 2018
  • April 11, 2018

Leverett Library, Leverett, MA

  • September 28, 2017
  • February 1, 2018
  • April 26, 2018

Lakeville Free Public Library, Lakeville, MA

  • October 12, 2017
  • February 8, 2018
  • May 10, 2018

Stockbridge Library Association, Stockbridge, MA

  • October 18, 2017
  • February 14, 2018
  • May 16, 2018

Live Burn (Date TBD) (Maximum number of participants at each DFS location = 100)

  • Stow, MA
  • Springfield, MA

Salvage (Date TBD) (Approximately one week after Live Burn) (Maximum number of participants  at each DFS location = 100)

  • Stow, MA
  • Springfield, MA


Registration information

How to register (Participants MUST register for the whole series, preferably at the same location):

Anyone who works as an emergency responder (firefighter, emergency manager, etc.) is welcome to register for this program preferably in conjunction with one or more cultural heritage institutions from their community.  It is also strongly recommended to speak with your local cultural heritage organizations about this program to ensure that someone from a cultural heritage institution will be able to attend the workshops with you.  Since the three face-to-face sessions will be offered at each location, please sign up, if at all possible, for ALL the dates at one location.

If you have any further questions, please contact Gregor Trinkaus-Randall at (800) 952-7403 x 236 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

To register, click herehttps://mblc.libsurveys.com/neh-cultural-heritage

Registration will happen on a first-come, first-served basis with preference given to communities with registrants from both communities. While there is a limit of 200 participants for the last two sessions due to limited space at the DFS facilities, preferably an equal number form the cultural heritage and firefighting communities, registration for the preservation webinar and the first three face-to-face sessions is not limited.