Virtual Campus Fire Forum 2021

When Disaster Strikes

What's the response?  What's the back up plan?  What's the recovery look like?



Virtual event - New Lower Early Bird Prices - Please register by October 22 to receive early bird and discounted prices!


3 Big reasons why you should attend
Campus Fire Forum 2021?

#1) Two Keynote Speakers:

Eric Bradshaw, Emergency Management Coordinator, NYS Dept of State:
Planning for Disaster - a discussion of what may be included when planning for and recovering from a disaster. This will include a PowerPoint presentation that will touch on some of the things to consider when you are putting together your disaster plans. (11-4-2021)

Vickie Pritchett (NFSA), Chief Dan Jones and Common Voices Advocate Bonnie Woodruff:
Turning Tragedy into Advocacy Vickie will facilitate a session with Chief Dan Jones and Common Voices Advocate Bonnie Woodruff, sharing the tragic story of the Phi Gamma Delta fire in Chapel Hill, NC. Chief Jones and Bonnie became advocates for fire sprinklers as a result of this fire that claimed 5 lives, including Ben Woodruff, Bonnie's son. This session will provide an overview of the fire, but will also focus on the differences made following the fire, including a national push for retrofitting fire sprinklers and an advocacy second to none. (11-9-2021)

#2) ICC CEU's:

The Forum presentations are approved for ICC recertification CEU's (approx 17 hours of education). 

But that's not all, the optional ICC Training Nov 2 & 3 is an 8hr course over two days - When Disaster Strikes Institute
The International Code Council’s When Disaster Strikes Institute is focused on increasing the number of trained and qualified Post-Disaster Building Safety Evaluators by teaching participants how to perform building safety evaluations in accordance with nationally recognized standards, processes, and terminology. Participants will be familiarized with Federal Emergency Management Agency policies and guidelines and the Applied Technology Council ATC-20 and ATC-45 standards for building safety evaluations. Participants will also learn about performing rapid and detailed building safety evaluations to assist in making habitability determinations for communities and building occupants.  Note:  This course will be presented virtually over two days. Participants must be present both days to receive full credit for attending the course.


William (Bill) Bracken Executive Vice President | Forensic Architecture & Engineering, J.S. Held
Karl Fippinger, CEM, PMP Vice President, Government Relations, Fire & Disaster Mitigation, International Code Council

#3) Low Cost ... and you can sit-in with co-workers:


This year we're virtual.  While we would rather see you in person, the virtual format allows us to lower our pricing, and offer you the opportunity to view the forum with co-workers free.  It also saves you money on travel arrangements and time.  In 2022, we hope to do two forums (April Virtual and November in-person).  

  • Reduced prices by hundreds of dollars per person.
  • Ability to bring co-workers (who could also receive ICC CEU's) at $100. per person ... and they can attend both the ICC Training and The Forum Training.
  • Ability to sit with your staff and view the forum on a large screen (at no additional cost).

FORUM ONLY: $250. Members | $350. Non-Members

FORUM + ICC TRAINING:  $500. Members | $600. Non-Members 

Plus ... Check out ways to bring a co-worker ...  Free or $100. per person  

AND MUCH MORE ....  Join us.


ABOUT CAMPUS FIRE FORUM 2021 ... What are the plans for this November?

  • We're trying to keep the Forum as close to normal as possible with General and Breakout sessions as well as the Town Hall Discussions and Member Meeting and Elections.
  • We spread the 2 ½ day sessions over the first two weeks of November - so we don't tie you up all day. (dates below)
  • In the interest of exhibitors time, we replaced the virtual expo with Campus Coffee Break Sessions, which are 15 minute sessions in-between our General and Breakout Sessions ... so all attendees will still have a chance to learn more about available technologies and services.
  • We still offer ICC CEU's for the Optional Training Day and ICC re-certification hours for forum presentations.
  • and .... we know the fun part of our in-person Forum was the food - so we're providing you with Grub Hub certificate so we can all have lunch together online, and also a gift card to Dunkin.  Get a coffee and join us for our Campus Coffee Breaks during the Forum!!!

A Message About our Forum from James Gibbs, CCFS Business Development Manager

"Of all the international and national organizations I have been a part of, the Center for Campus Fire Safety (CCFS) has been the most personal and interactive group that directly affected my position as fire marshal, keeping me informed of what other colleges/universities are doing, issues they are having, how they worked through them and all the interaction has provided the most benefit as fire marshal educationally, with benchmarking and with networking.







ICC Optional Training ... 8hr course - When Disaster Strikes Institute:
Instructors:William (Bill) Bracken Executive Vice President | Forensic Architecture & Engineering, J.S. Held; Karl Fippinger, CEM, PMP Vice President, Government Relations, Fire & Disaster Mitigation, International Code Council 

Forum Presentations include:
  • Keynote, Day 1 Eric Bradshaw, Emergency Management Coordinator, NYS Dept of State
  • Keynote, Day 2 Turning Tragedy into Advocacy, Chief Dan Jones and Common Voices Advocate Bonnie Woodruff, NFSA
  • When Disaster Strikes – how do we notify occupants.  Elizabeth Conha Schoonman, Business Development Manager, Americas, Johnson Controls
  • UL 268 and UL 217, Rodger Reiswig, Johnson Controls
  • Hands-On Residence Hall Assistant Fire Safety Training. Kevin McSweeney, Fire Marshal University of Delaware
  • Li-ion Energy Storage Protection Solution, Fire protection for Lithium-Ion Battery Energy Storage Systems, Wayne Aho, Sr. Product Manager, Siemens
  • Changes to the 2021 ICC and NFPA Models Codes Richard Roberts, Senior Industry Affairs Manager, Honeywell Fire Systems
  • Surviving Winter Storm  – The week Texas froze over, Monica Martinez, Emergency Management Coordinator, and David Zeigler, Manager for Fire and Life Safety, Environmental Health & Safety,  Texas A&M University
  • Kari's Law and the RAY BAUM Act, Jerry Eisner, Vice President, Public Safety, RedSky Technologies
  • Fire Stopping, Effective Compartmentation & Existing Buildings Fire-resistance, Bill McHugh, Executive Director, Fire Contractors International Association
  • Averting Campus Fire Emergencies Through Strategic Partnerships, Evan Orowetz, Fire Safety Specialist, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Lunch & Learn: Pilot Program Launch ... FirePro Round Table - Inspections Issues and Systems on Campus (J.Daniels, A.Sactor, K McSweeney, J Nolan)
  • Understanding Lightning Protection and Passive Fire Protection Systems, Mr. St Onge and Mr. Carlson, UL
  • 21st Century Disasters, JensenHughes discussion panel, Larry D. Rietz, SET; Kenneth Bouche; and Kevin H. Lewis, PE, CFI
  • Disasters impact on People with Disabilities, Curtis Decker, National Disabilities Rights Network 
  • Town Hall Meeting
  • Member Luncheon Meeting & Elections & raffle.
  • Virtual Tour of FM Global's Research Facility 
.... watch this space for more.


We'll have Campus Coffee Breaks too!


Coffee Breaks are 15 minute sessions in-between our General and Breakout Sessions ...

All attendees will have a chance to learn more about available technologies and services.  Campus Coffee Breaks will be sponsored by Johnson Controls. Enjoy a cup while you listen to various Campus Coffee Break presentations.


          • Honeywell - BDA Solutions as Life Safety Solutions: Keeping Your Campus Safe When Disaster Strikes
          • Notifier - How the First UL-Approved Self-Testing Detectors Can Keep Your Campus Safe When Disaster Strikes
          • Keltron - Better Fire Alarm Management with New Technologies
          • Denlar - Protection from Cooking Fires for Residential Ranges
          • Edwards - EST4, Innovation and flexibility
          • Xaap - Xaap Compliance Reporting

Launching our newest discussion group .... Campus FirePro Round Table ... 
we'll launch our new discussion group at the Forum and preview our plans for 2022.  As an overview ....  CCFS will conduct a lunchtime (or breakfast for the West Coast) virtual discussion group with a combination of our Board and Members.  The FirePro series of talks will address issues we all face with our campus daily activities and we'll compare ideas and solutions. The Forum group will discuss "Inspections on Campus".  Future discussion candidates will consist of a combination of Board Members and CCFS "Regular-type" Members.

Share your ideas!  Join in the Discussions!  If you're interested in a topic for 2022 discussions, or if you want to participate in a group discussion, simply let us know.  email: [email protected]


Note that all virtual sessions will break with time for coffee break presentations and time to refresh.  Please join us!!!

Date/Time Session Start EST End EST
Tuesday, 11-2
Wednesday, 11-3
ICC Training, Part 1
ICC Training, Part 2

12 PM
12 PM


Thursday 11-4 Welcome Session and Presentations and Coffee Breaks 11 AM 5 PM
Tuesday 11-9 Presentations and Coffee Breaks 11 AM 5 PM
Wednesday 11-10 Presentations and Coffee Breaks 
(Extra: enjoy your meal compliments of FM Global
during our Lunch & Learn Discussion Panel)
11 AM 5 PM
Thursday 11-11

Presentation, Town Hall Meeting, Annual Meeting and Luncheon.
(Extra: enjoy your lunch compliments of JCI while you attend 
the member lunch and election session)

11 AM 2 PM
Thursday 11-11

Virtual Tour of FM Global Research Facility (time is approx)

2 PM 3:30 PM


Includes $50. in Food Certificates for 2 Lunches ($25. each), plus $10. in Dunkin Coffee Certificate for Campus Coffee Breaks.  

Please register by October 22 to receive food certificate and early bird pricing.

  Member Price Non-Member Price ICC Credits
Forum Only Attendees   $250.  $350.
Forum with ICC Training  $500.  $600.


More Options to save money:

Introducing "Bring a Co-Worker".

We're trying our best to offer scholarships, or at least reduced prices for co-workers. Where CCFS is a non-profit, sometimes this is difficult.  But, in situations where we have Virtual Forums, we're in a position to offer reduced pricing so you can share your educational sessions with your team.  We hope you encourage others to attend.  In the future we'll look for ways to offer some scholarships to attend our in-person Forums as well.

Do you want to share our Forum with your team?    ... If yes, ...  your team can attend in one of two ways: 

1) FREE:
  As long as you can provide a viewing area on your campus or at your organization your team can attend. Simply invite them to sit in under your registration link*, with the understanding that they will not receive CEU's, Course Materials, or Food Gift Certificates.  Only you as the "Registered" Key Attendee will receive this info. 

2) $100. PER STAFF MEMBER:  For either the Forum or Forum + ICC.  Simply send an email with their names and email addresses to:  [email protected].  They can choose to view the session where ever they want to.

We must receive this information no later than October 28th, 2021.

Guests in option 2 will receive CEU's and Course Material if any.  ICC requires us to keep a "time on the line" report for each attendee requesting re-certification CEU's, and CCFS cannot issue certificates to anyone that is not officially registered. 

The "Bring a co-worker" discount level will not receive additional Food Certificates.
You must purchase at least one Key Attendee registration to Bring a co-worker.  Either the CCFS Forum only, or the complete ICC and CCFS offering.
For option 2 ... we must receive your add-on information by October 28, 2021.

How it works:  

CCFS will provide to you and/or the people you want to attend, with a discount code specific to your organization only. We can give the discount code to other members of your organization, with the understanding that they must register and pay online just as you did.  At the end of their registration they can drop in the discount code and receive pricing for $100. per person (for either the CCFS Forum or the Forum + ICC training).

Of course, if easier for you, CCFS can always add guests to your registration for you and apply the charges to your credit card.  Just let us know your preference.

Note: To add additional staff at a reduced price or even free, you must first complete your purchase for one full Key Attendee Registration at either member or non-member pricing.

*link to conference will be provided in October.



We're looking for sponsor to help us with attendee scholarships and food certificates.  If you can help us, please contact: [email protected]

JCI will Sponsor Lunch at the Annual Meeting November 11th, and will also provide a certificate for Coffee for our Campus Coffee Breaks.  FM Global will sponsor lunch at the Lunch & Learn November 9th
  and ... 

Coffee: Attendees will receive a $10. Dunkin Gift Certificate, courtesy of Johnson Controls.  Buy a pound of Coffee or individual coffees and enjoy Dunkin' during the Campus Coffee Break sessions!  Dunkin' Donuts LLC, also known as Dunkin', is an American multinational coffee and doughnut company, as well as a quick service restaurant. It was founded by William Rosenberg in Quincy, Massachusetts, in 1950.

©2020 DD IP Holder LLC. The Dunkin' trademarks/trade dress are owned by DD IP Holder LLC and used under license. Dunkin' is not a sponsor of this promotion.

GrubHub: Grubhub is a leading global online food delivery marketplace. Dedicated to connecting more than 33 million diners with the food they love from their favorite local restaurants, Grubhub elevates food ordering through innovative restaurant technology, easy-to-use platforms and an improved delivery experience. Grubhub features more than 300,000 restaurant partners in over 4,000 U.S. cities.


Two Forums each year: 
1) Spring - Virtual (typically first week of April)   
2) Fall - InPerson (typically first week of November)



Starting in 2022, we're working hard to add a second Forum to our annual planning.  The April forum will be Virtual each year, and the November Forum will be in-person each year.  If you want to be on our info list, simply sign up HERE and we'll keep you informed.

2) Don't forget us in 2022!!!  Covid permitting, we'll be back in person in New Jersey!!!

Campus Fire Forum 2022,  New Brunswick, NJ, November 2022 (October 31 - November 3)

While 2020 marked the 20th anniversary of the fire at Seton Hall, CCFS will recognize the courage and strength that came out of this tragedy in 2022.  Join us as we look back "After the Fire".  Hosted by Rutgers and Montclair University.

The 4 P's of Forum 2022

People .... We'll welcome Shawn and Alvaro, CCFS Lifetime Members, and Seton Hall Survivors - and we'll look back over the last 20 years of their courageous battle, and their efforts to help educate college students about campus fire safety. Several other survivors, parents, educators, will also be part of our event - along with key people that helped Shawn and Alvaro to tell their story and to help other students.

Places ..... The Seton Hall incident had a major impact on fire codes and campus fire safety over the last 20 years too.  Worldwide and nationwide fire and life safety codes experts, major manufacturers, non-profit partners, engineers and consultants will present and participate in panel discussions concerning the protection and prevention solutions implemented to protect lives and property since the Seton Hall incident. 

Progress ..... Twenty + years have also passed since the initial campus fire safety talks and the first Forum, held at NFPA Headquarters.  CCFS has grown considerably since then and today is the only nationwide, member-based, non-profit organization, dedicated exclusively to college campus, and off-campus, fire and life safety.

Presidents ..... We'll also celebrate our past and current CCFS Presidents and key contributors over the last twenty + years to share their history with CCFS and their vision for the future of campus fire safety. We're still working out the details of our President's Reception ... but we're planning to pay our respect to those lost on 9-11, and will tour the memorial wall at the World Trade Center. (Sponsored by Johnson Controls).