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FIRE ALARM ASSOCIATION



CAFAA EVENTS, GENERAL MEETINGS and ANNUAL CONFERENCE

CAFAA sponsors many events throughout the year in Northern and Southern California with the goal of: 

  • providing statewide and regional forums for open communication between code promulgators. authorities having jurisdiction, and fire alarm system professionals
  • providing a showcase for fire alarm product vendors at the Annual Conference
  • delivering code-focused presentations and discussions at all events and meetings
  • providing opportunities for attendees to network with other fire alarm system professionals

Bi-monthly General Meetingsconducted alternately in each of the two regions; this is a board of directors meeting open to all who wish to attend.

Annually, CAFAA hosts the State Agency Forum in Sacramento, CA.   The format of the meeting is a Question and Answer (Q&A) disussion, where representatives from the California State Fire Marshal’s Office, Division of the State Architect, Division of Occupational Safety and Health Planning & Development and the Building Standards Commission are invited to address the questions posed by the attendees which includes CAFAA members, CAFAA’s Board of Directors, Manufacturer’s and AHJs.  These meeting are open to all.

A Lunch and Learning session is sometimes paired with the State Agency Forum meeting.  The Learning session provides for an educational presentation on a topic of current/special interest to the industry.  This session is open to all.

Once a year in each region, CAFAA hosts the AHJ Roundtable.  These meetings are held in different areas within each region and are Q&A sessions with 3-4 AHJ area-representative panelists that respond to the questions posed by the attendees.   These meetings are open to all.

Once a year, a Board-Only meeting is held for the CAFAA Board of Directors for the purpose of discussing the association business and to conduct the planning for upcoming events.

Since 1970, CAFAA has hosted an Annual Meeting with the purpose of providing the attendees with information and educational presentations and discussions relative to the Fire Alarm industry and our code environment.





2020 VIRTUAL MEETINGS

In light of the travel and large gathering restrictions due to Covid 19, CAFAA has restructured the format for the June 11, 2020 (SoCal AHJ Roundtable) and the August 13, 2020 (NorCal AHJ Roundtable) meetings, as well as the CAFAA General Meetings that would have preceded the Roundtables.

All of these meetings will be conducted via the internet. 

REGISTRATION FOR CURRENT EVENTS

    • 05/10/2024
    • 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • RFI 360 Turtle Creek Court San Jose, CA 95124
    • 24
    Register

    IN-PERSON TRAINING

    COURSE TITLE:  

    2022 NFPA 72 - FIRE ALARM AND SIGNALING CODE FUNDAMENTALS

    TRAINING DATE: 

    Friday May 10, 2024

    TRAINING LOCATION:

    RFI
    360 Turtle Creek Court
    San Jose, CA 95124

    INSTRUCTOR: 

    SAGIV WEISS-ISHAI, P.E.
    Calif. Licensed Fire Protection Engineer

    • 27 yrs experience in Fire Protection Engineering
    • Principal AHJ member – NFPA 72 Technical Committee SIG-PRO since 2012
    • AHJ Member national elevator safety Code ASME A17.1 – Emergency Operations & Hoistway Technical committees
    • NFPA 72 and ASME A17.1 Task Group member Fire Service Access Elevator & Occupant Evacuation Elevators
    • AHJ Member – Calif. State Fire Alarm Code Advisory Committee
    • Chair of the elevator committee for the CA Existing Building Code
    • Fire Code Official on the Calif State – Bldg. Fire & Other Code Advisory Committee to the Calif. Bldg. Stds. Commission
    • AHJ Member 2019-2020 CSFM Elevator Work Group to Changes in CBC Chapter 30
    • President – Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE) of the Nevada-Northern CA Chapter

    COURSE OUTLINE:

    • Review and discuss NFPA 72-2022 structure and chapters' arrangement.
    • Discuss and clarify the NFPA code making process and code changes procedures.
    • Discuss and clarify the relationship between NFPA72 and the CA Building and Fire Codes
    • Discuss the fundamentals: Significant definitions, Different types of FA Alarm and Signaling systems and Systems Configuration
    • Discuss the fundamentals of Monitoring for integrity (Local) and off-site supervision, System Calculations and Fire Safety and control functions

    COURSE OBJECTIVE: 

    • 5.25 Continuing Education Hours - Certificate of Completion
    • This course is not representative of any specific jurisdiction's policies and/or practices.

    WHO CAN BENEFIT BY ATTENDING THE CLASS:

    • Fire Alarm and Signaling systems personnel (e.g. Designers, Installers, Technicians, Service personnel, Vendors, Engineers)
    • Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) and Code Officials (e.g. Fire, Building, Electrical, Code Enforcers and Plan Reviewers)
    • Electrical and Fire Protection Engineers
    • Fire Inspectors: Plan-check and field inspectors

    MATERIALS PROVIDED: 

    Each student will receive a PDF copy via email and a hard-copy booklet (2-slide per page format, double-sided) at the training site.

    CLASS SCHEDULE:  

    7:30am - 8:00am Continental breakfast

    8:00am - 9:45am Training and Q&A

    9:45am - 10:00am Break

    10:00am - 12:00pm Training and Q&A

    12:00pm - 12:30pm Lunch

    12:30pm - 1:45pm  Training and Q&A

    1:45pm - 2:00pm open Q&A session on any class related topic

    ENROLLMENT FEES

    $199 for California FPOs/AHJs

    $299 for employees of a CAFAA member company

    $399 for non-CAFAA member attendees

    CLASS SIZED IS LIMITED TO 40 STUDENTS - we will go to a Wait List process if/when the maximum is reached.  If the wait list is implemented, we encourage you to add yourself if interested as we will use the list as a gauge to whether the class should be re-offered.



    • 05/17/2024
    • 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • AJK 4300 N. Harbor Bl. Fullerton, CA 92835
    • 34
    Register

    IN-PERSON TRAINING

    COURSE TITLE:  

    2022 NFPA 72 - FIRE ALARM AND SIGNALING CODE FUNDAMENTALS

    TRAINING DATE: 

    Friday May 17, 2024

    TRAINING LOCATION:

    AJ KIRKWOOD
    4300 N. Harbor Blvd.
    Fullerton, CA 92835

    INSTRUCTOR: 

    SAGIV WEISS-ISHAI, P.E.
    Calif. Licensed Fire Protection Engineer

    • 27 yrs experience in Fire Protection Engineering
    • Principal AHJ member – NFPA 72 Technical Committee SIG-PRO since 2012
    • AHJ Member national elevator safety Code ASME A17.1 – Emergency Operations & Hoistway Technical committees
    • NFPA 72 and ASME A17.1 Task Group member Fire Service Access Elevator & Occupant Evacuation Elevators
    • AHJ Member – Calif. State Fire Alarm Code Advisory Committee
    • Chair of the elevator committee for the CA Existing Building Code
    • Fire Code Official on the Calif State – Bldg. Fire & Other Code Advisory Committee to the Calif. Bldg. Stds. Commission
    • AHJ Member 2019-2020 CSFM Elevator Work Group to Changes in CBC Chapter 30
    • President – Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE) of the Nevada-Northern CA Chapter

    COURSE OUTLINE:

    • Review and discuss NFPA 72-2022 structure and chapters' arrangement.
    • Discuss and clarify the NFPA code making process and code changes procedures.
    • Discuss and clarify the relationship between NFPA72 and the CA Building and Fire Codes
    • Discuss the fundamentals: Significant definitions, Different types of FA Alarm and Signaling systems and Systems Configuration
    • Discuss the fundamentals of Monitoring for integrity (Local) and off-site supervision, System Calculations and Fire Safety and control functions

    COURSE OBJECTIVE: 

    • 5.25 Continuing Education Hours - Certificate of Completion
    • This course is not representative of any specific jurisdiction's policies and/or practices.

    WHO CAN BENEFIT BY ATTENDING THE CLASS:

    • Fire Alarm and Signaling systems personnel (e.g. Designers, Installers, Technicians, Service personnel, Vendors, Engineers)
    • Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) and Code Officials (e.g. Fire, Building, Electrical, Code Enforcers and Plan Reviewers)
    • Electrical and Fire Protection Engineers
    • Fire Inspectors: Plan-check and field inspectors

    MATERIALS PROVIDED: 

    Each student will receive a PDF copy via email and a hard-copy booklet (2-slide per page format, double-sided) at the training site.

    CLASS SCHEDULE:  

    7:30am - 8:00am Continental breakfast

    8:00am - 9:45am Training and Q&A

    9:45am - 10:00am Break

    10:00am - 12:00pm Training and Q&A

    12:00pm - 12:30pm Lunch

    12:30pm - 1:45pm  Training and Q&A

    1:45pm - 2:00pm open Q&A session on any class related topic

    ENROLLMENT FEES

    $199 for California FPOs/AHJs

    $299 for employees of a CAFAA member company

    $399 for non-CAFAA member attendees

    CLASS SIZED IS LIMITED TO 50 STUDENTS - we will go to a Wait List process if/when the maximum is reached.  If the wait list is implemented, we encourage you to add yourself if interested as we will use the list as a gauge to whether the class should be re-offered.



    • 06/27/2024
    • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Norma Hertzog Community Center
    Register

    In recent years, CAFAA launched the regional AHJ Roundtable sessions that have been rated as informative to, and engaging for all in attendance.

    This meeting is an opportunity for you to have a mixed panel of AHJs respond to your technical question(s).  

    This is not only an educational session but also an opportunity to network with the AHJs and others in the industry.

    Continuing Education Units will be awarded to attendees requesting a certificate.   

    Click here to register for a CEU Certificate.


    CAFAA will not issue notes from this meeting nor are any recordings of this event allowed.  Register so that you can experience this event.

    As an incentive for you to submit questions to the Panel, you will receive a Raffle ticket if you submit a question and it is included in the final version of the Advance Questions (five ticket max per person).  Please note that due to time constraints, the Roundtable judges may omit some questions submitted to eliminate duplicate questions or in favor of providing more challenging questions for the panelists. Two prizes will be awarded from a drawing that will be held during the lunch break.  A Grand Prize will be awarded to the 'best' question as evaluated by the judges.  You will need to be present to win.

    Submit your question(s) to info@cafaa.com by Thursday June 20, 20244 

    MEETING PANELISTS:

    tbd

    MEETING VENUE:

    Norma Hertzog Community Center
    1845 Park Ave
    Costa Mesa, CA 92627

    MEETING DAY SCHEDULE - tentative depending on the number of Advance Questions:

    7:30am - 8:30am breakfast

    8:30am - 11:30am Roundtable

    11:30am - 12:30pm Lunch

    12:30pm - 2:00pm Roundtable

    2:00pm - 4:00pm CAFAA General Meeting

      THE MEETING PROCESS:

    • As questions are submitted prior to the meeting, they will be reviewed by the CAFAA board, and if applicable will be added to the Advance Questions document, in order of submission AND with NO identification of the person posing it.  We are hoping that there will be more questions posed as well as possibly having more general Code questions asked.
    • Persons who have submitted questions should plan to attend the event to hear the responses/discussions as there will not be meeting minutes issued.
    • The Advance Questions will be provided to all attendees and the AHJs prior to the meeting in the form of a PDF sent to the attendee's email.  The Advance Questions are provided to the panelists so that the most thoughtful responses can be given at the meeting. 
    • Just prior to the meeting, we will provide you with the final PDF version of the Advance Questions.
    • CAFAA will not be issuing any discussion notes and/or response documentation, nor is any audio and/or video recording permitted.

    ADVANCE QUESTIONS for SoCal Roundtable - submit to info@cafaa.com early, with the last date for submission                   June 20, 2024.

    FREE for California FPOs

    $95 for employees of a CAFAA member company

    $120 for non-CAFAA member attendees




    • 06/27/2024
    • 8:30 AM
    • 06/29/2024
    • 12:00 PM
    • Norma Hertzog Community Center
    Register

    Registering for this event will trigger an email to info@cafaa.com to send you a Certificate of Completion for your attendance at the 06-27-24 CAFAA SoCal AHJ Roundtable meeting.   

    After the completion of the meeting, a Certificate for Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for Fire Alarm Education Sessions will be sent to you.   The number of hours will be dependent on the length of the session(s).

    The Certificate can then be submitted to the WBFAA for conversion to Continuing Education Hours for application towards the renewal of your State certification.

    • 08/22/2024
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • tbd


    • 10/15/2024
    • 10:00 AM
    • 10/17/2024
    • 5:00 PM
    • HCAI headquarters, Sacramento, CA
    Register

    Registering for this event will trigger an email to info@cafaa.com to send you a Certificate of Completion for your attendance at the Learning Session and the Annual State Agency meeting.   

    THIS CEU CERTICIATE REGISTRATION DOES NOT REGISTER YOU FOR THE EVENT ITSELF.  

    After the completion of the meeting, a Certificate for Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for Fire Alarm Education Sessions will be sent to you.   The number of hours will be dependent on the length of the session(s).

    The Certificate can then be submitted to the WBFAA for conversion to Continuing Education Hours for application towards the renewal of your State certification.

    • 10/15/2024
    • 10:00 AM
    • 10/16/2024
    • 12:00 PM
    • In-person (HCAI Sacramento, CA)
    • 69
    Register

    MAXIMUM of 80 ATTENDEES - the Meeting space has limited seating; no Walk-In attendees (you must register to attend this event).  A Wait List process will be implemented when the maximum seating is reached.  If/as cancellations are received, the Wait listed people will be contacted and registered.


    MEETING VENUE:

             Dept. of Health Care Access and Information (HCAI)

    2020 W. El Camino

    Sacramento, CA 95833

    MEETING DAY(s) SCHEDULE: 

    TUESDAY OCTOBER 15, 2024

    10:00am - 12:00pm   LEARNING SESSION  

    12:00pm -   1:00pm   Lunch

      1:00pm -   5:00pm   CAFAA 29th ANNUAL STATE AGENCY MEETING  

    WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 16, 2024
      7:00am - 8:00am  Breakfast  

      8:00am-12:00pm  CAFAA GENERAL MEETING


    THE STATE AGENCY MEETING:

    Each year, beginning in 1996, the California Automatic Fire Alarm Association (CAFAA) has hosted an event (the State Agency meeting) in Sacramento, where representative from the California State Fire Marshal's Office, the Division of the State Architect, Division of Occupational Safety and Health Planning & Development and the Building Standards Commission are invited to meet with some of their stakeholders.  This group includes CAFAA members, Manufacturer's and the AHJs.

    The purpose of the State Agency meeting is to continue the open dialogue between the code enforcers, code promulgators and fire alarm system professionals on issues of mutual concern so that we may better serve the citizens of California.

    So that the most thoughtful responses can be given,  your questions will be provided to the State Agency panelists in advance of the meeting.

    As an incentive for you to submit questions to the panel, you will receive a Raffle ticket if you submit a question and it is included in the final version of the Advance Questions (five ticket max per person).  Please note that due to time constraints, judges may omit some questions submitted to eliminate duplicate questions or in favor of providing more challenging questions for the panelists. Two prizes will be awarded from a drawing that will be held during the lunch break.  A Grand Prize will be awarded to the 'best' question as evaluated by the judges.  You will need to be present to win.

    Send your ADVANCE QUESTIONS to info@cafaa.com, as soon as possible, but no later than October 08, 2024

    Click here to request a CEU Certificate of Completion

     

    MEETING PROCESS:

    • As questions are submitted prior to the meeting, they will be reviewed by the CAFAA board, and if applicable will be added to the Advance Questions document, in order of submission AND with NO identification of the person posing it.  We are hoping that there will be more questions posed as well as possibly having more general Code questions asked.
    • Persons who have submitted questions should plan to attend the event to hear the responses/discussions as there will not be meeting minutes issued.
    • The Advance Questions will be provided to all attendees and the State Agencies, prior to the meeting in the form of a PDF sent to the attendee's email.  The Advance Questions are provided to the panelists so that the most thoughtful responses can be given at the meeting. 
    • Just prior to the meeting, we will provide you with the final PDF version of the Advance Questions.
    • CAFAA will not be issuing any discussion notes and/or response documentation, nor is any audio and/or video recording permitted.

    ADVANCE QUESTIONS - submit to info@cafaa.com early, with the last date for submission October 08, 2024

    FREE for active California FPOs

    $95 for employees of a CAFAA member company

    $120 for non-CAFAA member attendees

    FEE COVERS BOTH DAY's EVENTS



    • 12/05/2024
    • 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Fairmont Hotel San Francisco, CA - FRENCH ROOM
    • 60
    Register

    Bi-monthly General Meetings:  conducted alternately in each of the two regions; this is a board of directors meeting open to all who wish to attend.  Matters of the association and issues of importance to the industry are discussed as well as reports provided by task group and committee representatives.   

    We will be conducting this meeting as guests of the CAA at their Winter Conference venue, the Fairmont Nob Hill in San Francisco.    We will be meeting in the FRENCH ROOM on the mezzanine floor.

    Lunch will be provided by CAA.  Attendance is free.




    • 02/05/2025
    • 8:00 AM
    • 02/07/2025
    • 12:00 PM
    • Palm Springs Convention Center & Hilton Hotel - Palm Springs, CA

    California Automatic Fire Alarm Association (CAFAA) Annual Conference (since 1970)

     55th ANNUAL CONFERENCE

    February 05– February 07, 2025

    Palm Springs, California

    *Education          * Information          *Networking          *Exhibits

    Bill Fitchie Memorial Golf Tournament (Feb. 05, 2025)

    Presidential  AND Vendor Reception (Feb. 05 2025)

    State Fire Marshal's Advisory Committee Meeting (Feb. 05, 2025)

    WBFAA Board Meeting (Feb. 05, 2025)

    CAFAA Annual Conference Industry Speakers and Presentations          

    (Feb. 06 & Feb. 07, 2025) 

    Exhibit and Vendor Reception (Feb. 06, 2025)

    CAFAA General Meeting (Feb. 09, 2024)

    IF YOU ARE AN EXHIBITOR OR EXHIBITOR SPONSOR: registration BY EMAIL ONLY.  Click below for 'Exhibitor Registration Information' and the 'Conference Registration Form'

    ALL OTHER REGISTRANTS: - register by email or online

    Click for the TITLE page

    Click for the PROGRAM & SCHEDULE

    Click for the SPONSORSIP PACKAGES & CONFERENCE FEES

    If you are an Exhibitor, you will not be able to register online; instead fill out the 'fillable CONFERENCE REGISTRATION FORM and send it to CAFAA. .

    Click for a fillable CONFERENCE REGISTRATION FORM

    TO REGISTER:  You can fill out this form and send it to info@cafaa.com or register online yourself.  See above info if you are an Exhibitor 

    Click for a fillable GOLF REGISTRATION FORM

    Click for GOLFER INFORMATION

    Click for the EXHIBIT TABLE SELECTION LAYOUT

    Click for EXHIBITOR INFORMATION

    Click for the 8-page CONFERENCE PACKAGE (contains all forms/documents)

    Click for the CONFERENCE SPEAKER/PANELIST BIOS

    Click here to register for CEU units for attendance at the Annual Meeting.  You must register for the event.

    Guest rooms at the Hilton Hotel are $189/night based on availability.   

    Click here to go to the Hilton Reservation page.

    Reservations can also be placed by calling the Hilton at 800.216.1952 and request Group Code CFA.





     

     


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