Welcome and Introduction
This presentation will discuss the new NFPA 855, Standard for the Installation of Stationary Energy Storage Systems. As society shifts toward the increased use of “green energy”, energy storage systems (ESS) are becoming more prevalent to store electrical energy generated by wind and solar systems. ESS present the Fire Service with unique firefighting challenges and hazards when they burn, and require improved industry installation practices. NFPA 855 provides guidance and fire protection safety requirements for the installation of these systems. This session will focus both on the firefighting challenges and the new fire protection requirements for energy storage systems. It will also analyze some case studies involving ESS, including an incident in Arizona in April, 2019, where several firefighters were injured when an explosion occurred at an ESS facility.
Bob Sullivan is the Southwest Regional Director for the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). Mr. Sullivan has over 31 years of experience serving on fire departments in Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and Colorado, including several years at the rank of Lieutenant. Prior to coming to NFPA, he served on the Thornton Fire Department in Colorado as the Senior Fire Protection Engineer and Deputy Fire Marshal, focusing on new development construction and fire code enforcement. Previously, Mr. Sullivan worked for National Foam Inc./Kidde Firefighting USA and Industrial Risk Insurers. He has a Master's Degree in Fire Protection Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and is a Certified Fire Protection Specialist.