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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

    • 08/12/2020
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM (PDT)
    • TBD


    • 08/13/2020
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM (PDT)
    • Internet
    Register

    1:00pm - 5:00pm NorCAL AHJ Q&A ROUNDTABLE 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.

    Starting in 2019, CAFAA extended this concept to the practical level; that is, to have more focused discussions between the Code Enforcers (the AHJs) and the fire alarm system professionals in specific areas of California.   

    THE 2nd ANNUAL NORCAL AHJ Q&A PANELISTS:

    • Jake Tomlin (Fire Marshal, City of Santa Clara)
    • Orlando Arriola (Fire Marshal, Oakland Fire Department)
    • Russell Chung (Fire Protection Engineer, Sunnyvale Public Safety)


    THE MEETING PROCESS:

    · As questions are submitted prior to the meeting, they will be added to the Advance Questions document, in order of submission.

    · 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 Question 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.

    · During the meeting, all participants (except the panelists and moderators) will be muted.  If you wish to comment/questions, you will be un-muted by virtually raising your hand in the CHAT section.  

    · Depending on the time spent on an individual issue, we may need to limit the discussion in order to address all of the other submitted questions.  Also, if multiple questions are submitted by one individual, we may ask that person, prior to or at the meeting, to select their most important question(s) for discussion.

    · CAFAA will not be issuing any discussion notes and/or response documentation, nor is any audio and/or video recording permitted.

    MEETING ACCESS :

    The GO TO MEETING access information will be sent to you in your registration confirmation email.
    • 09/17/2020
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM (PDT)
    • Internet

    1:00pm - 5:00pm 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.  

     

    THE MEETING PROCESS:

    · As questions are submitted prior to the meeting, they will be added to the Advance Questions document, in order of submission.

    · The Advance Questions will be provided to all attendees and the panelists prior to the meeting in the form of a PDF sent to the attendee's email.

    · Just prior to the meeting, we will provide you with the final PDF version of the Advance Questions.

    · During the meeting, all participants (except the panelists and moderators) will be muted.  If you wish to comment/questions, you will be un-muted by virtually raising your hand in the CHAT section.  

    · Depending on the time spent on an individual issue, we may need to limit the discussion in order to address all of the other submitted questions.  Also, if multiple questions are submitted by one individual, we may ask that person, prior to or at the meeting, to select their most important question(s) for discussion.

    · CAFAA will not be issuing any discussion notes and/or response documentation.


    • 12/03/2020
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM (PST)
    • Via internet

    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.   


    • 02/03/2021
    • 6:00 PM (PST)
    • 02/06/2021
    • 2:00 PM (PST)
    • Hilton Palm Springs

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

     

    *Education          * Information          *Networking          *Exhibits


    Presidential Reception (Wednesday evening)

    CAFAA Annual Conference and Meeting (Thursday & Friday)
     

    California Fire Prevention Officer’s Meeting 

    CAFAA-Fire Prevention Officer’s Joint Luncheon 

    Industry Speakers and Presentations (Thursday & Friday) 

    Product Exhibition and Reception with Vendors (Thursday evening)) 

    Spouse/Guest Event (Thursday) 

    CAFAA’s General Meeting (Friday)

    CAFAA’s Bill Fitchie Memorial Golf Tournament (Saturday)

                                                                                                                          

     

     


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