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Demobilizing Construction Sites Safely Using NFPA241 (BCD236) AM Session
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Demobilizing Construction Sites Safely Using NFPA241 (BCD236) AM Session

When: Monday, March 30, 2020
10:55pm - 12:00pm Eastern. Education credits are not available for the live webinar.
Where: Complimentary Webinar
United States
Presenter: Ray O'Brocki and Chris Towski
Contact: AWC Education

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Demobilizing Construction Sites Safely Using NFPA241 (BCD236)

Due to COVID-19, construction sites are being shut down all over the country. Abandoned and unprotected construction sites pose a risk to the community. During this shutdown it is the goal of the fire service that builders leave their construction site as reasonably fire safe as possible. This program provides guidance that is based on compliance with Chapter 33 of the 2018 International Fire Code, Chapter 33 of the 2018 International Building Code, and NFPA Standards 1 and 241.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify risks & hazards on constructions sites. Focus on hazards that can occur during the shutdown
  2. Apply model codes and standards that pertain to safety precautions during construction
  3. Identify best practices regarding housekeeping, equipment, flammable and combustible materials, and other hazardous activities on construction sites
  4. “Light’s Out Plan, identify steps to take before shutting down the site to ensure fire safety


The PDF of the presentation will posted 24 hours before the webinar, and can be accessed here.

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SPEAKER BIO:Chris Towski

CHRIS TOWSKI is a Fire Lieutenant for the City of Cambridge Massachusetts Fire Department with over twenty-four years of service. His current position is with the Emergency Preparedness and Coordination Office. He spent over twelve years with the Fire Prevention Office where the primary duties were to enforce State laws and codes related to Fire Prevention and Protection. He is also a Massachusetts Licensed Electrician and Construction Supervisor. He is certified in the fields of Emergency Medical Technician, Firefighter Levels I and II, Fire Officer Levels I and II, Fire Instructor Levels I and II, and Fire Incident Safety Officer. He has been his department’s Electrical Safety Officer for almost twelve years. In this role he has Instructed numerous times on different electrical safety topics. He also instructs for the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) with their Photovoltaic and Battery Energy Storage Systems Safety Training. He is a Technical Committee Member representing the International Association of Fire Fighters on the NFPA standard number 241 for Safeguarding Buildings under Construction and Demolition and 1620 for Pre-Incident Planning. Other NFPA documents served on are 3 and 4 for Commissioning and Integrated Testing, 18 for Wetting Agents, 18A for Water Additives for Fire Control and Vapor Mitigation, 1150 for Foam Chemicals for Class A Fires and 855 for Stationary Energy Storage Systems. He is a Standards Technical Panel Member for UL 9540 and 9540A. In addition, he is currently the President of the Fire Prevention Association of Massachusetts, a partner with the Construction Fire Safety Coalition, an AHJ member of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers New England Chapter, the Automatic Fire Alarm Association of New England and the National Fire Sprinkler Association. He is also a member of the Associated General Contractors of Massachusetts. He has presented at the NFPA Conference in Boston in June 2017 and in Las Vegas in 2018, the Congressional Fire Services Institute in 2018 and many other locations across the country. He has been published in Firehouse Magazine in June 2017 with an article on fire safeguarding construction.


RAYMOND O’BROCKI, CBO, is the Manager of Fire Service Relations for the American Wood Council. Before that he was the Chief Building Official for the City of Rockville, MD. He retired as the Assistant Fire Chief the Baltimore City Fire Department in 2013. He was appointed fire marshal for Baltimore City in 2008. O’Brocki has served on the Maryland State Child Care Advisory Council, Maryland State Fire Code Update Committee, State Fire Marshals Legislative Working Group in Annapolis and the steering committee for the Mid-Atlantic Life Safety Conference. He has served on the NFPA Urban Fire Safety Task Force and has presented at the National Fire Academy. He is currently a sitting member of the NFPA 1 technical committee. O’Brocki is a graduate of the University of Baltimore School of Law and a licensed attorney.

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