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Significant Changes to NFPA 72 – 2010, Profiting from Change

Session Type: Pre-Convention Workshops
Track Number: PW-11
Location: WSCTC
Room: 606
Speaker: Merton Bunker, JR., US Department of State, Fire Protection; Voting Member, NFPA 72 - Technical Correlating Committee on Signaling Systems for the Protection of Life and Property

Date: Saturday, September 12, 2009
Time: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM


The alarm and signaling industry is constantly changing. The committees that develop NFPA 72, National Fire Alarm Code are planning many major changes for the 2010 Code.  Some of the significant changes include new requirements for Mass Notification Systems (MNS), survivability of fire alarm circuits, and fire alarm testing requirements. This session will explore the major changes to NFPA 72, National Fire Alarm Code, the reasons for these changes, and how your company can profit from change.

Speaker Bio:

Merton Bunker earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maine (1985) and a Master of Science in Engineering Management from Western New England College (1997). Merton is a registered professional engineer (electrical and fire protection) in six states and the District of Columbia, is a certified fire and explosion investigator, and a certified master electrical inspector.

Merton has over 22 years of engineering experience, including seven years at the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). Merton is the president of Merton Bunker & Associates, located in Stafford, VA.

Merton is a member of SFPE, NFPA, IEEE, AFAA, NAFI, and IAAI.

Merton is a principal member of the following NFPA Technical Committees:

  • Inspection, Testing & Maintenance of Fire Alarm Systems (NFPA 72) ?
  • Technical Correlating Committee on Signaling for the Protection of Life and Property (NFPA 72) ?
  • National Electrical Code Technical Correlating Committee (NEC) ?
  • Maintenance of Electrical Systems (NFPA 73, Chair) ?
  • Air Conditioning Systems (NFPA 90A)

  • Merton is also a member of the Stafford (VA) County Fire and Rescue Department, and continues to teach fire protection related classes for NJATC and NFPA

    Please note that every state handles licensure and continuing education credits differently. To avoid confusion, NECA strongly recommends you check with your state authority whether they will grant these CEUs for management education programs held at NECA 2009 Seattle.

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